Easy DIY Liquid Laundry Soap – Recipe & Review
Maybe you’ve seen a million pins for DIY laundry Soap on Pinterest and perhaps like me, you’re a naysayer. I mean, this stuff can’t really work, can it?
I’m a Tide girl for goodness sake!
My people, they are some dirty people. You should see the river soaked, mud coated jeans my husband wears home and then there’s the scrubs. I don’t even want to talk about those.
My husband works in an Emergency Room in the hospital and his scrubs are the absolutely nastiest things in my world. People puke on him and worse. It’s all sorts of terrible.
That’s why there was no way I was making my own laundry detergent.
Until, one day I did.
I’m a woman and I reserve the right to be fickle.
May I present the Trifecta of Clean?
Easy DIY Laundry Soap Recipe:
- 1/2 cup Borax
- 1/2 cup Washing Soda
- 1/2 cup Dawn Dishwashing Detergent
That’s it my friends.
Find an empty jug – I use gallon size empty water bottles, orange juice containers, and old laundry detergent jugs. If you don’t have anything, knock on a neighbor’s door. Someone is sure to have a plastic container in their recycling.
Directions for Mixing Easy DIY Laundry Soap
- Find an empty, clean gallon size (preferably) container.
- Using a funnel, add 1/2 cup Borax and 1/2 cup Washing Soda.
- Fill 3/4 way with hot tap water, replace cap, and shake to mix.
- Add 1/2 cup Dawn and fill almost to the top with water (cold is fine).
- Replace cap and mix by gently shaking bottle back and forth.
TIP: Dawn makes lot of bubbles, that’s why it goes in last, after everything else is mixed.
Most people use too much soap in their washing machine. Period.
I measure out my soap with a top to an old laundry detergent jug, but I use the soap sparingly. A little goes a long way. How much I use depends on what I’m washing. If it’s my husband’s scrubs, I use much more than if I’m washing my dresses. After a few loads, you’ll figure out what works for you.
Just remember, less is more.
TIP: I make several jugs at a time. Right now I have four full containers of easy DIY laundry soap made and waiting to be used.
If there’s one thing I can count on, it’s laundry. The laundry never, ever stays done for more than a few hours. I’m sure it’s the same way in your house. If it’s not, please, for the love of all things good and right and clean, let me know how you do it!
TIP: Always give your detergent a little shake to mix before using. It will separate when it sits.
Let’s Talk Cost
- Washing Soda $3.24
- Borax $3.38
- Dawn Dishwashing Liquid $5.64
All prices are from Walmart, although I’m not getting a kickback from Walmart. Prices are regional. If you live in a place like California, expect to pay at least ten times as much (like everything else).
Total = $12.26
Friends, you can wash a lot of clothes for $12.26. I won’t tell you how many, because that would require math skills I don’t have, but trust me, it’s a LOT.
I would venture to say, you can make approximately 8-9 gallons of laundry detergent on twelve dollars, maybe more.
TIP: If you store your Borax and Washing Soda in a damp place, transfer it into an empty plastic container to avoid caking. I store mine in a gallon size empty (dry) water jug.
I also use a scoop of OxiClean in my all my whites and sometimes in my colored clothes, especially my kids clothes, because they always have stains.
TIP: From time to time you can find OxiClean coupons – be on the lookout!
If it’s not a full load, I don’t use a full scoop.
Since I began using the Easy DIY Liquid Landry Soap and OxiClean, my whites have never been whiter. Ever. Not even with bleach.
My only gripe is with black garments. We don’t have a lot of black clothes, but when I have a load, I’m careful not to use too much soap and to add an extra rinse cycle to the mix. Sometimes a little white residue will be left on black clothes, usually when I use too much soap.
Other than that, I love this laundry detergent. It’s comparable to Tide. For most of my clothes, I like it better than Tide. I’m shocked I just admitted that.
I do a lot of laundry. After all, it’s my mommy super-power; I fully went into this experiment expecting to hate this laundry soap, but I kinda fell in love and it’s easy to make. Win-Win!
Also, my son has sensitive skin. He gets itchy and breaks out with some laundry detergents. I always made sure to use a “Free and Clear” soap on his clothes, but he’s fine with this DIY detergent. Not an itch.
Now, I’d like to hear from you.
Have you tried DIY laundry soaps?
Would you consider trying this recipe??
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