DIY Cleaner Day!

Today I made my own laundry detergent AND my own dishwashing detergent. I decided to just go for both at the same time since they require about half of the same ingredients. I found the recipes for both of the detergents here: laundry detergent and dishwashing detergent. She has really nice pictures for you to follow along too! I actually made half batches of each and each recipe still ended up filling a one gallon container. I did some math beforehand to make sure it was really worth it to make my own detergents. I know people say it’s cheaper, but I wanted to be sure….

Laundry Detergent – made about 12 cups

12 cups = 192 tbsp…So with 1-2 tbsp per load we’re looking at 96 loads on the low end or 192 loads on the high end (we’ll average it out to 144 loads)…I do laundry once a week so that is 144 weeks or 2.8 years. Yep, that’s when I’ll need to buy laundry detergent next. Or make it. Almost 3 years from now…

Dishwashing Detergent – made about 10 cups

10 cups = 160 tbsp…So with 1tbsp per load we’re looking at 160 loads…I run the dishwasher about 2x per week so that is 80 weeks or 1.5 years until I’ll need to buy or make dishwashing detergent again.

So once I determined that this is definitely worth it I ventured out to my local dollar store and Walmart to buy the supplies. Here’s what I got:

Laundry Detergent

1/2 box or 2lbs Borax – $1.69

1/2 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda – $1.62

1 small or 1lb box Baking Soda – $0.52

1 1/2 bars Fels-Naptha Soap – $1.46 (I’m using the remaining half as a spot remover)

TOTAL: $5.29 or $.03 per load

Dishwashing Detergent

1/2 box or 2lbs Borax – $1.69

1/2 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda – $1.62

12 packets Unsweetended Lemonade Mix (I got kool-aid brand) – $2.40

1 1/2 cups Epsom Salt – $0.75 (dollar store!)

TOTAL: $6.46 or $.04 per load

Plus I got these really cute containers from the dollar store for just $1.00 each! Obviously…it’s the dollar store. Yay!

So overall this was definitely a worthwhile project! I’ll have to update on how these work as soon as I have the opportunity to use them. If they work well then I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t make my own detergent in the future!



3 thoughts on “DIY Cleaner Day!

  1. Are you just doing one load a week? or do you do one lay of several loads?? ha ha just a thought, STILL this is SUPER SUPER impressive!!!! Let me know how well they work!!

    • Just one 🙂 I used to do several loads, dividing all of the colors but realized that it doesn’t really matter unless you have like a new dark or red item. Sometimes I’ll do just a sheets/towels load though. I’m excited to use them and see if it works!

  2. UPDATE: I tried both of these detergents on Saturday and was pleased with the results. Nothing spectacular, but they did just as good of a job as the dollar store stuff I was using before. I’d recommend using a rinse for the dishwashing detergent or vinegar. Oh, and I really only used 1tbsp of each. I was surprised they worked using only that much!

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