Tuesday, July 10, 2012

laundry detergent

While they may make your clothes smell as fresh as a spring morning, conventional laundry-care products often contain chemicals with negative health effects ranging from skin and throat irritation to carcinogenicity. In fact, the laundry room may be one of the more toxic areas in your home. Researchers have found that dryer vents can emit more than 25 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) when scented laundry detergent and dryer sheets are used. This is particularly concerning when dryers don’t vent outside or are blocked, causing indoor air pollution.

A great way to avoid these chemicals entering your home is to make your own detergent. Making your own laundry detergent is not only beneficial to your health, it is cost efficient. This is the cost comparison of DIY vs Arm and Hammer and Tide

  • Arm & Hammer® liquid 100 ounce detergent – $6.79 – 32 loads = $0.21 per load
  • Tide® with Bleach powder 267 ounce detergent – $20.32 – 95 loads = $0.21 per load
  • Homemade powder 32 ounce detergent – $2.98 – 64 loads = $0.05 per load
Making your own detergent saves $0.16 a load!

How to

To make your own laundry detergent you only need 3 simple ingredients that can each be found at most local grocery stores. 

  • 1 - 55 oz box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda®
  • 1 - 76 ox box 20 Mule Team Borax®
  • 1 - 5.5 oz bar Fels-Naptha® Soap

Each batch yields approximately 32 oz. The recipe is as followed:

  • 1 bar shaved Fels-Naptha® Soap
  • 1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda®
  • 1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax®

1. Start with these ingredients and utensils

2. Grate one bar of soap

3. Add one cup Borax

4. Add 1 cup Super Washing Soda

5. Stir thoroughly 

6. Add batch to whatever container you prefer (1 batch should fit in a 1 qt mason jar)

You only need to use 1 Tablespoon per load although you can use 1-2 for heavily soiled loads. 



  1. Amazing pictures and an amazing blog! I smell a tv show deal.....

  2. Thanks Chad!! That means a lot coming from you!

  3. Gina! I made this and you all-purpose cleaner tonight! They were both so easy and smell so good! I can't wait to use them. Love your blog and love you!