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DIY Homemade Laundry and Dishwasher Detergent

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 by in $10 DIY, DIY Natural Household Products, Uncategorized | 2 comments

DIY detergent from borax, washing soda, baking soda, and a bar of soap!  laundry detergent

Making your own laundry detergent is cost effective and lasts longer than the name brand detergents.

Twins are expensive. All those kind hearted individuals who try to encourage you with the line, ‘Two for the price of one” are sorely mistaken. Nothing has been a two for one special, haha! Definitely not the NICU bill that we are still paying off or the double copays at the doctor office or the ER when the twins both spent some time there back to back. I have to laugh of it will overwhelm me. Thank God for insurance and payment plans!

My highest weekly bill for the twins comes in at a whopping $100 just for Silk Milk, diapers, wipes, and on the go snacks. I cannot ditch the diapers in favor of the O’ Natural. Matt would be mortified to see poop smeared all over the floors and walls! To save elsewhere I look for bargain deals, make my own squeeze pouches, yogurt melts, baby puffs, and baby food.

I also make my own laundry detergent. I do roughly 10 loads of laundry a week. It is outrageous how much name brand detergents cost! I found that making my own detergent is much more cost effective, chemical free, and washes my clothes just as well as the leading name brands! If you are like me, looking for a way to save, you will love this recipe!

I quadruple the recipe to make a large batch, but this recipe will make enough for about 10-15 loads. Another helpful tip I want to pass on to you, 2 cups of Borax and 2 cups of Washing Soda make Automatic Dishwasher Detergent! You will have plenty of these two ingredients left over to whip up a dishwasher detergent!

1/2 Soap Flakes
1/2 Baking Soda
1/4 Washing Soda
1/4 Borax
1 Clean Plastic Container with Lid

Step One: To make the soap flakes, lightly grate a bar of pure soap, such as Ivory, on a coarse kitchen grater.

Step Two: In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together. Store in a tightly sealed plastic container.

Step Three: Use about 1/2 cup of the mixture instead of detergent each load of laundry.


  1. You should try cloth diapers! I started when my second was one year old. It is an adventure I recommend to everyone.

  2. Hey Alissa,

    Do you know if this can be used on the high efficiency (front load) washing machines?

    Also, I’d love to know how you make the yogurt melts and baby puffs! My twins are turning 7 months this week and I’m not excited to start paying for that stuff at the store!

    Thanks for all of the tips!

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