My family and friends all know I am frugal. They also know that I am not very crafty when it comes to do-it-yourself projects and I usually end up making a mess to clean up. Nonetheless, I decided to experiment with making my own laundry detergent to reduce my household expenses. There are many versions of homemade laundry detergent on YouTube and do-it-yourself websites and I selected the easiest recipes and the ones that require the least amount of time. After all, when I am not sitting in this miserable cubicle I have tons of chores and not enough free time on my hands. Today I have nothing to do in my cubicle, so I will describe how I made homemade laundry detergent last summer.
This recipe makes almost 8 gallons of liquid detergent – enough to last me months. However, I did not have enough bottles, so I left the extra soap in the bucket, put the lid on it and stored it in the garage for the winter. Hopefully, it didn’t freeze and will still be usable.
Generally, I use one cup of detergent for a normal load of laundry. This laundry does not produce many suds, but it cleans the clothes. If the laundry is really dirty I will add some extra or a tablespoon of dry laundry detergent which is much easier to make and requires a lot less storage space.
Overall, this laundry detergent works as well as commercial products, but costs a lot less money. If you have some free time then this is an easy do-it-yourself project.