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Introducing our DIY Series! :) Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

Here on DiscountQueens we are all about saving you (and ourselves) MONEY! We useually stick to freebies, coupons, grocery, and drug store deals but how about a few tutorials on how we save money by making our own products and crafty items? I’ve got a few items lined up for you guys but first up is one dug from the good old days on Discount Queens. Check out our video tutorial: Make You Own Laundry Detergent.  It’s an oldy but a goody directed by co-founder Christy and starring the hands of yours truly :).

Here is your shopping list:

  1. 1 box of Borax – $3.99 at Fred Meyer
  2. 1 box of Washing Soda (only found at Fred Meyer) – $2.99
  3. 7 bars of soap – 3 packs of Ivory (we got these free at Albertsons with double coupons – stick around a while and a deal will pop up)

Supplies you need:

  • Grater or food processor
  • Large Tray (got mine at the dollar store on tuesday for $.88!)
  • Storage container of some kind (got my tupperware from Fred Meyer for $2.50, but you can use smaller dollar store containers, a bucket, or anything with a lid that you have lying around!)
  • Scoop – we used a baby formula scoop, but even a spoon will work! Roughly 1 Tablespoon size

Recipe:
Combine 1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of Washing soda, and 1 bar of grated soap. We used up all our supplies so our recipe ended up being 7 cups each of borax and soda, and 7 bars of grated soap!

Price comparison:
If you already have bar soap from home to use, or you get free soap this week – the cost for roughly 300 loads equals just $7! If you had to buy soap in addition to the borax and soda your price will go up a bit but it still beats Tide by a long shot!!!

FAQ:

  1. Can I use this on my front loader HE machine? YES! I have front loaders and I have had NO problems using my homemade soap!
  2. Is it harder on your clothes? Nope. Again, I haven’t noticed a bit of difference from switching from my store bought liquid brand.
  3. Does it clean as well? Absolutely. I still pretreat stains before washing them, but my clothes are nice and clean when they come out!
  4. Will I smell like bar soap? No! Your clothes come out smelling clean, but there isn’t an overwhelming soap scent to your clothing. If you want, you can use a liquid softener in addition to your homemade soap and your clothes will come out smelling like that.
  5. Does it matter what brand of bar soap I use? No. You can grate up 7 different bars of soap if you want to and combine them all in one batch! Truth be told I got rid of about 10 years worth of hotel soaps when I made my first batch! The only difference you will notice between brands, is that the oilier soaps grate in larger strips than the drier flakier soaps. They are a little tougher to grate and might take you a few minutes longer.


Comments

  1. It reminds of building a PC by buying parts. It’s not worth it anymore. I can get one easily from a store with similar price. Just buy it from a local store(80 loads-liquid, 125fl oz at $3.00).

    • What store do u get it for at this price? What brand is it? Thanks!

      • I bought 2 for $5.99 from Walgreens on Feb 5. It’s Sun 2X 80loads 125oz, buy one get one free. No coupon at all. The deal goes on and off pretty frequently.

        • Sun is a cheap brand but it is also harsh and bleaches your clothes and will eat hole in your clothes. I don’t use it on my good clothes I use it for towels and blankets and send it through a second rinse.

  2. Shirley Wilkes says:

    I’ve been making mine for 6 years now and I’ve never had a problem with my clothes. The only difference in mine is that I cook it. I use 1 cup of soap and 6 cups of water to melt it. Slowly cook until soap is melted then add 1/2 cup of borax and 1/2 cup of washing soda. Stir then pour into a 1 gallon container. Then I pour in cold water 3/4 of jug. Let sit 24 hours and you have thick liquid laundry soap. I repeat this process until I have made 6 gallons. I pour the jug into a large bucket with a lid and use a dipper for measuring. Works great and my clothes smell clean. It’s not harsh on any of my clothes. I wash everything in it.

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