Laundry Detergent Recipe Update!


picture-002.jpgA couple weeks ago I made my own laundry detergent. I wanted to let you all know how it is working, and give you the opportunity to share your thoughts here. If you’ve made it, please comment to let me know!

How well does homemade laundry detergent work? For me, it is working fabulously, my clothes are very clean and don’t smell like anything. They don’t have the heavy detergent smell when they come out of the washer -which is good, because my husband put my detergent in a pickle bucket- doh! It seems that the detergent works just as well if not better than the Purex I was previously using. I have been washing my clothes in cold and warm water and there is no residue or anything on the clothes! I can’t tell you how happy I am with making my own laundry detergent!

What does homemade laundry detergent look like? There is a picture of my homemade laundry detergent up at the top of this post. That is the actual laundry detergent that I made. The consistency is a little different than I thought it would be. It is a little chunky and sudsy. It is more watery than I thought, but that doesn’t seem to affect the way it works.

What was surprising about making your own laundry detergent? A few hours after I got done making it I opened my container to check on it, and was surprised to see it was still all liquid. I wondered what I had messed up! Come to find out, I had to let it sit overnight to come to the consistency it needed to be. I was relieved!

What would you do differently next time? I don’t know if there’s anything I would do differently next time, to be honest. This turned out really well! I may add a few drops of lavender essential oil to give it a really nice scent, but other than that, I won’t change a thing.

How does homemade laundry detergent work in an HE machine? It worked wonderfully in mine! I use about half a cup each time.

If you’ve made your own laundry detergent, please let me know how it’s turned out!

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11 thoughts on “Laundry Detergent Recipe Update!

  1. skolor says:

    That is crazy cool. I would have never thought of doing something like making my own detergent. Any thoughts on extending this to other things? Dish soap, dish washer soap, that kind of stuff?


  2. Mrs Money says:

    Hi Skolor! I’m going to be expanding on this – adding recipes for making your own bread, dish washing detergent, etc. Stick around! Thanks for the comment! 🙂


  3. Todd says:

    That is really cool, however, my wife (who up to this point, allows me to stay blissfully ignorant of the clothes beautification process) already has her favorite, semi-frugal detergent. Are there other concoctions that work as well ? A Windex substitute? Or, an aesthetically pleasing alternative to patches for resurrecting all of the childrens’ jeans with holes in the knees? The savings on the laundry soap seems pretty awesome, and I don’t need to fund more commercials.


  4. Mrs Money says:

    Mommie- It works out to between 1 cent and 3 cents a load. I think it’s great savings!! I just had a ton of fun making it.

    Todd- I’m going to be posting other recipes for homemade cleaning products soon- be sure to come back! 🙂


  5. Lori says:

    I have also made my own laundry detergent, but I prefer to make it in the powder form. It is quick and easy to make. I use my food processor and can make up a batch in a matter of minutes. I wish I had done this years ago. I’ve also started making my own stain remover using vinegar, ammonia, and dishwashing liquid.


    Mrs Money Reply:

    I’ve never done powdered, but I’m sure it works just as well. 😉 The stain remover sounds awesome! Do you have a recipe you would like to share? Thanks!


    Lori Reply:

    I have posted it on my blog at:


  6. Jackie says:

    I have been making my own liquid laundry soap for 3 months now. I have shared the recipe with several of my friends. They all agree it is the best thing since sliced bread! I make a 5 gallon batch. Including the soap scent that I add the total cost to make it is around $6.50. The soap scent is the most expensive ingredient and it is totally unnessasary. I just like the way it smells.


    Mrs Money Reply:

    I’m glad you love it too! My family thinks it’s so weird I make my own but I figure why not? It is awesome!


    Inspiredbybaby Reply:

    My husband is totally on board with making our own lotions, soaps, shampoos, etc. but he like scented laundry detergent. What scent do you use and is it full of chemical ingredients?


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