Wednesday’s Weekly Tip: How to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for ways to save money on our graduate budget.

Recently, some of my Stateside graduate wife friends have started making their own laundry detergent to trim a few dollars from their budget. At first I thought it was a bit old school Little House on the Prairie, but after one of my graduate wife friends said she was only spending about $10.00 every few months to make her detergent, I actually started to listen.

So I asked her for the recipe, and thought it would be fun to share. Wouldn’t it be nice to make your own detergent, knowing exactly what went into it? (Editor’s note: I haven’t actually done this myself, as I’m not out of laundry detergent. It’s currently sitting at number 5 on my to-do list. And there are a bajillion recipes online for making your own detergent, so if my friend’s recipe isn’t your flavour, then find one, make it, and please share it with us)!

LAUNDRY DETERGENT

1 bar of soap (shaved)

1 cup of borax

1 cup of washing soda

Mix together thoroughly….and literally, that’s it.

It should fit into a small container, and make enough for 32 loads, depending on the amount you use to do your wash.

I’m sure you’ll make Laura Ingalls proud.

Have you ever made your own laundry detergent? How did it turn out?

-Mandy

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