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DIY Laundry Detergent and Money Saving Tips

Updated on August 30, 2014

DIY Laundry Detergent

Across the web are varieties of ways to make laundry detergent, from powdered to liquid. Though the liquid variety is a bigger money saver, I've found it less effective in cleaning. My favorite is a very simple powder.

DIY Powder Laundry Detergent:

1 Cup Borax

1 Cup Washing Soda (not Baking Soda)

1 Bar soap, shredded (a hypoallergenic mild kind is great for skin allergies, but I've found Fels Naptha to work well...and it smells good.)

Just combine all of the above ingredients and it's done. For most of my larger loads of laundry, I will use two tablespoons.

If you find that it doesn't clean good enough or you, try a tablespoon of Oxy Clean to boost its effectiveness. Cheaper alternatives to Oxy Clean can be found at the Dollar Tree, if you have one in your area.

How To Make Your Own Liquid Laundry Soap

Laundry Alternative -Eco Nuts

One great item I have found to be effective at cleaning laundry and is a cheap alternative to regular laundry soap, is Eco Nuts. These soap berries have been used for centuries to clean clothes and are very popular in the organic community.

Though marketed as Eco "Nuts", they are not a nut at all. They are actually the dried shell of a berry from the Sapindus mukorossi tree, which grows in the Himalayas.

But do they work? Yes, they do. I have used them myself over the last year and they leave my clothes with a fresh clean scent, free of harsh perfumes and unnecessary additives. Best of all, I don't have to pay a hefty price for a cleaning product that doesn't irritate my children's sensitive skin.


Have you tried a Washing Ball?

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What is a Washing Ball?

The Washing Ball is another economical choice in laundry cleaning. This simple little ball is filled with ceramic beads. They work by changing the Ph balance of the water and boast the ability to clean clothes without soap. One positive of not using soap is reducing the wear on your clothing. Harsh soaps can eat away at material over time.

But does it work? From my view: yes and no. The Washing Ball can only be used in cold water, so if you have clothing that needs to be washed in hot, this isn't a good choice. I also noticed that very soiled clothing did not become clean when I used it. This is only my own experience; yours might be different.

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    • LongTimeMother profile image

      LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

      I agree with you about washing balls. I've never been very happy with the results. The idea seems great, but the result is disappointing.

      Lucky there's so many alternatives. :)

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      I love the graphic of the lady washing clothes. I remember my mom using a later model of washing machine.

      As for your hub . . .This is an excellent piece of writing. Honestly, I can easily describe it as amazing.

      I loved every word. Graphics were superb. This hub was helpful, informative and I found it very interesting.

      Voted up and all the choices because you deserve it.

      You have such a gift for writing. Keep writing no matter what.


      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Well-advised here and a very useful hub.

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      Barbara Badder 3 years ago from USA

      I use to make liquid laundry detergent and the ingredients were exactly the same except you added boiling water and let it sit a night to thicken a bit.

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      C_MarieWeber 3 years ago from Wichita

      That's great, Athlyn! I've read that if you bake baking soda, it converts into washing soda. But that would be a lot of baking soda to bake. :) I hope you get washing soda soon. It's awesome.

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      Athlyn Green 3 years ago from West Kootenays

      I've been making my own laundry soap with baking soda and grated Ivory soap and am hoping to find some washing soda. When I have lavender oil on hand, I add a little of that and it smells lovely.