You can actually make your own homemade laundry detergent and save some money in the process. There are a few different recipes out there you can use, so you have plenty of options. If you have allergies you can alter the recipes to ensure you have no problems with them, like you might with store bought soap. I would like to thank my mother in-law for providing me with these great home recipes to use quite some time ago. Here's how to make your own homemade laundry detergent.

Powder Soap – Super Concentrated:

You will need:

1 bar of soap. You can use pretty much any type you want when you make your own homemade laundry detergent. If you have some in your bathroom now, it should work just fine. Many recipes call for a special type of soap for clothing, Fels-Naptha, but according to my mother in-law, you can use anything. Our results with Ivory have been good.

1 cup Borax: You can find 20 Mule Team Borax at most stores. There are some other brands that will work just fine to make your own homemade laundry detergent.

1 cup Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda: You can find this in the same aisle as the Tide and other store brand soaps.

To make your own homemade laundry detergent you will need to grate the bar of soap into fine pieces. In the past, I've used a cheese grater and then chopped up the pieces even more with a food chopper tool my wife has in the cupboard. I like it to be in very fine granules, so it dissolves better.

I normally put all the ingredients from this recipe into an old mayo jar we have just for this purpose and give it a good shake until I'm sure everything is mixed up really well. This is probably the easiest way to make homemade laundry detergent, but there are some other options.

Optional ingredients:

To make your own homemade laundry detergent more personalized, or even stronger, there are some things you can add to the recipe.

Oxy Clean: It's not too expensive these days and can give a little boost to the cleaning power.

Frilly scents: If you want to add some frilly scents when you make homemade laundry detergent, go for it. Just be sure they are in powder form and will not cause itching.

This is super concentrated!

You will only need to use a couple TABLESPOONS of this mixture. When you make your own homemade laundry detergent with this home recipe, it is incredibly concentrated.

Some additional tips:

We have never had any issues with the soap not dissolving, but we generally use warm water. In theory, it may not dissolve as well with cold water. When you make your own homemade laundry detergent, you may want to either use warmer water, or let the drum fill up with water and the soap, and then add the clothing, to help it dissolve.

NOTE: You will not get tons of suds with this recipe, but your clothes will get clean.

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