How-To: Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

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 is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.

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