Do you ever just get tired of the never ending list of things to buy so you can just run your home? All things cleaning and personal care related do that to me. I simply hate having an ongoing list of thing after thing to buy just to keep our home and bodies clean and basically maintained!
So it’s no surprise that I eventually went looking for a homemade laundry soap that cleans good enough that I could quit buying bottle after bottle of the store bought.
Yes, I do still buy 3 ingredients for this laundry soap, but I don’t mind for a few reasons.
- The Dawn dish soap I am going to buy anyways because that’s the dish soap I use. I may eventually start trying to replace this with castile soap but haven’t tried it yet.
- The borax and washing soda can be used for other cleaning purposes as well. I consider these, along with the Dawn, to be basic cleaning supplies to keep well stocked in my home.
- I feel better about the packaging for these products as compared to the packaging for the liquid laundry detergent I would otherwise be purchasing. The borax and washing soda come in boxes, and I can get many homemade jugs of the soap out of each box. The Dawn I purchase in the gallon containers so I am using a bit less packaging as opposed to buying smaller sizes or buying the store bought laundry detergents.
I feel like the minimal investment of my time and effort is worth being able to remove the continual need of laundry detergent from my shopping list!
I get all 3 ingredients – Dawn in the gallon size, borax and washing soda – from Walmart.com and it ships to my house for free. (I then use the boxes for many different things, as well as the brown paper that usually comes in the boxes. I try to always reuse packaging!)
I make 4 gallons of this at one time. I reuse empty vinegar jugs for this homemade product. I have found that the gallon vinegar containers from ALDI have a screw on type lid whereas our local Walmart now sells the gallon vinegar in lids that push down to close. I have better luck with the screw on lid style for less mess, plus in our area, ALDI has the cheapest price on vinegar. (And I also purchase gallons of white vinegar to keep stocked in my home for multiple uses!)
Homemade Laundry Soap
- ¾ cup borax
- ¾ cup washing soda
- ¾ cup Dawn dish soap
- 1 gallon jug with lid
Add borax and washing soda to the jug. Add hot water to cover and shake well to dissolve. I have found that heating the water to a rather high heat, but not boiling, helps dissolve the powders as much as possible. (I’ll be honest and admit I have yet to figure out how to get it to 100% dissolve, and if I ever figure it out, I’ll update this post!) Once mixed well and dissolved as much as possible, add water to almost the top of the jug. I stop at the middle of the handle.
Now add the Dawn dish soap. If you still have room at the top, you can add a bit more water. I recommend leaving a space at the top in order to shake it up as needed. Put the lid on the jug and gently mix. I do this by laying it on its side on the counter and rolling it back and forth a few times.
Start by using ¼ cup per load and adjust as needed until you get the desired results. I gently mix before use by ensuring the lid is on tight and turning it upside down a few times.
This is now the only laundry soap I use after trying dozens of recipes I found in books and online. Let us know in the comments below if you try it and if you can get it completely dissolved!