We make our own homemade liquid laundry detergent. This has saved us hundreds and hundreds of dollars this year. This has been a recent change we made about a year and a half ago. So let’s talk about costs first. We buy the Arm & hammer super washing soda. This will run you approximately $3.97 a box and looks like this:
Then the second thing you buy some Borax detergent which will run you approximately $5.99 a box. The borax looks like this:
We also add scented laundry crystals for a better smell. Approximately $8.98 depending on the store you buy it from. They look like this:
Lastly the final ingredient is your common Dawn dish soap.
So then this is a simple recipe;
You get two containers of thick plastic preferably. I as a mother of course used empty 64fl oz apple juice containers. I mix 1 & 1/2 tablespoons of each the Borax, and the Arm& hammer in the container just drop it right in there. Then I add a sprinkle of the laundry crystals. I then add two cups of boiling hot water. I twirl and shake the containers until the ingredients are dissolved. *caution* the containers will be hot as you have boiling water in there so I use hot pads while doing this. Once the ingredients are dissolved I add two nice squirts of the Dawn. I then wait till all the bubbles have gone down. (approximately 1 hour) Then I simply add cold water to fill the containers. Once they are filled shake a few times and Voila you have laundry detergent. You will measure 1/3 a cup on this in each load of laundry.
I can not stress to you how much money we have saved!!! Its amazing and I have two toddlers that get every stain on the planet on their clothes. With that being said I love the results as this gets all of the stains out except maybe the occasional red Kool-Aid stain.
This is the finished results after complete:
Good luck and let us know if you have any questions. We love our laundry soap and all the money it saves us. The first box of Borax and Arm & Hammer we are almost to the end of and we bought those a year and a half ago. Be mindful we are washing enough laundry for three adult women. Two toddlers, two cats, and a dog. With that being said we have laundry going round the clock.