Mama’s this weekend I decided to try my hand at making my own laundry detergent. Yes, that’s right my first powdered laundry detergent. I wash at least 12 loads of laundry a week. I know that is not the norm for most but we are a family of 6 (daddy, Mama, 7, 6, 2 and 8 months) so things around here are constantly getting dirty. We spend on average $20.00 a month for laundry detergent; this does not include fabric softener or dryer sheets. I came across a few recipes online and across YouTube and decided I was ready to take on the challenge. I looked at a few recipes and tweaked them to my liking. I went to Publix grocery store where I knew I could get all of my ingredients at one time. So here is what you’ll need to get started:

  • 20 Mule Borax(1 box) $4.39
  • Baking soda (1 box) $1.59
  • Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (1 box) $4.19
  • Fels Naphtha Laundry Bar (2 bars) @ $1.19 each

Total Cost $12.55 to make 1 large plastic 4 quart container of washing powder. I use 1 table spoon for small loads and 2 tablespoons for larger loads. There are 256 table spoons in 4 quarts so here is what I came up with:

12 tablespoons/week x 21 weeks of laundry detergent =252 Tablespoons used for a total of 5 months (give or take a week or so).

I don’t this this is bad considering that I spent less than $13.00 and my detergent which is about $2.50 per month to wash my families laundry. I can definitely deal with that. Here is what you’ll need:

  • gloves
  • small face mask ( to cover your nose, I forgot mine and the powders irritated my sinuses)
  • cheese grater
  • large container to put your detergent in
  • stirrer (large spoon) 
  • scooper to scoop detergent out

So here’s how I did it:

Step1: put on gloves and a small mask (just to cover your nose, I didn’t and my sinuses were aggravated)

Step2: grated bars of soap with cheese grater (I used my large cutting board to grate on)

Step3: pour Borax, washing soda and baking soda in container, add soap and mix well

Step4: Label your detergent and put it up and out of the way of little people

That’s it mama’s it was just that easy! I loved making it and I am so happy that I no longer have to purchase traditional detergent. To answer the question most of you guys are thinking, YES it does work! I’ve already washed 4 loads since making it. If my hubby says it works then trust me it works. He had me wash my clothes and the kid’s clothes before he would even try it. I think next time I am going to try Castile Soap in lavender. Mama’s you can also add essential oils if you want your detergent to have a specific smell. That’s totally up to you. I’ll let you know how that goes in August/September when this batch runs out. Happy Monday Mama’s!


Let me give a brief disclaimer in case someone decides to experiment in the kitchen and blow something up. I’m trying to save money Mama’s so you already know I don’t have the time or money to be sued. So here goes: All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Whoa Mama Breathe  makes no representations as to accuracy,  suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use.

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