Rural Ramblings of a Modern Woman

Sharing how I merge rural life with modern society…on a budget!

The next money saving plan.

on April 28, 2013

I’ve heard about it. I’ve thought about it. I’m pretty sure I’m going to do it.

What am I talking about? I’m soon going to embark on the adventure of making my own laundry detergent! I was a little skeptical about the efficacy of homemade laundry detergent. However, I recently spoke to a few of my friends who have been making their own for awhile now and they seem pretty happy with it. Maybe even more than pretty happy. The stuff works – and it’s much less costly than the quality brands from the grocery store.They have kindly shared their recipes with me so that I can share them with you. I hope you’ll try the homemade laundry detergent experiment along with me and let me know if you like it.

Okay, here’s the recipe I plan to try. My friend Miranda shared this with me.

After reading other homemade detergent websites, recipes and comments I think I might add some Oxy-Clean to help with my husband’s greasy work clothes. Or some scent beads like Downy Unstopables for wonderful smelling towels and bedding.

My friend Tabatha has a great recipe for a homemade liquid detergent.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap


4 Cups – hot tap water
1 ivory soap bar
1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
½ Cup Borax


-Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

Tabatha’s Comments: It works great, I have an HE washer and it leaves clothes smelling fresh and clean (I don’t always stick to Ivory as I like stronger smelling scents!)

Don’t forget that a great way to reduce the cost of doing laundry is to use cold water in the wash. I actually unhooked the hot water hose on my machine so I have no excuse but to use cold water!

As you may have guessed, I like to share a good thing. In my search for a good homemade detergent recipe, I came across a great idea for creating beautiful jars for giving a sample of detergent to your friends and family. Check out this great blog post from How Does She?

Okay, I’m ready to save money. Are you?


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