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Make Your Own Laundry Detergent
Breanna Newbill from Dollar Store Mom has discovered that making your own laundry detergent is not difficult and can save you quite a bit of dough. She estimates that one load’s worth of her DIY detergent costs about a penny compared to around fifty cents when you use the store-bought stuff. With a few simple ingredients such as washing soda, borax, grated bar soap, and boiling water, you can make your own batch. And if you want, you can customize the scent with essential oils. The best part is that it only takes a half an hour to make five gallons of laundry detergent, which should last most households quite a while.

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE, and Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.


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  1. Dave Brunker says:

    My wife has told me when she was a kid she made lye soap for a school science project. Her mother used the soap to wash clothes with.

  2. Tim Lewallen says:

    Any idea how to make your own HE detergent?

    1. There’s a discussion about this in the comments of the Dollar Store Mom post. According to the author, people have reported success with using this recipe in high efficiency machines.

  3. I won 2nd place in the science fair in 5th grade when I made laundry soap using mostly lye and lard. I never thought to add essential oils to improve the scent. I had to use our camp stove in the back yard because it smelled so nasty. My mom was impressed with how well it cleaned our clothes though. She had me make it at least two more times after the fair.

  4. Anonymous says:

    50 cents a load sounds REALLY HIGH unless she has a huge machine. I get a bottle of cheap-brand stuff for like $8 that’s good for at least 40 loads. One thing I’ve found is that it’s very easy to OD on detergent. In most cases, you get as-good or better results using less rather than more.

  5. Joe says:

    I read somewhere about some guy who’s wife made lye soap for a school science project. Her mother then used the soap to wash clothes with.

  6. The $.49 savings applied to the price of gas?

  7. Pure essential oils have been proved to have benevolent
    impact on human beings. Various unfavorable circumstances can usually be
    treated through the proper use of essential oils. The most common of these is treating burns with lavender essential oil. French chemist
    René-Maurice Gattefossé found this effect of essential oils seeing that really
    quite helpful.

  8. Pure essential oils have been proved to have benevolent
    impact on human beings. Various unfavorable circumstances can usually be
    treated through the proper use of essential oils. The most common of these is treating burns with lavender essential oil. French chemist
    René-Maurice Gattefossé found this effect of essential oils seeing that really
    quite helpful.

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