Homemade Laundry Detergent

If you’re looking for the perfect powdered laundry detergent DIY with a fresh Gain scent, your search is over!  I have been using this recipe for about 2 years now and my husband and I love it.  It is money-saving, has a great scent, is effective, and easy to make.

detergent

You will need a cheese grater and a 5 gallon bucket

Ingredients:

28oz of Ivory Soap (7 bars)
4lbs Baking Soda
1 box of Clorox Stain Fighter & Color Booster
1 box of Borax
1 box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
2 large containers of Gain Fireworks

Start by grating your bars of soap.  Luckily ivory soap is soft and easy to grate.  I would do 3 bars of soap then add half of all of the other ingredients, mix and then add the remainder and mix again.  Doing it in layers makes the mixing process easier.   If you are not a fan of Gain, you can also use the Downy Unstoppables or Purex.  The Purex crystals are cheaper, but we are big fans of the Gain scent.  Also, you can replace the Clorox stain fighter with Oxyclean, both are color safe.  However, keep in mind that Oxyclean is almost twice the price of Clorox.

Here is the price break down (estimate):

Ivory Soap – 10 bars – $5
4lbs Baking Soda – $4
1 box of Clorox Stain Fighter & Color Booster – $5
1 box of Borax – $4
1 box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda – $4
2 large containers of Gain Fireworks – $15 ( I regularly find $0.50 off coupons for this)

Total: $37 for a 6 month supply
1 large box of Gain powdered detergent – $25 for a 3 month supply
That’s a savings of $13

I know to some, it might not seem like much, but as someone with sensitive skin, I have noticed that this recipe is a lot nicer to my skin compared to the factory made detergent.  I also opted for the powdered detergent over the liquid due to studies have shown that powdered detergent cleans your clothing better than liquid.  Also, liquid detergent can wear down your washing mashing by “gooping” up the internal parts.

The Clorox Stain Fighter & Color Booster comes with a scoop that can be used for measuring for each load, you can also use the lids from the Gain Fireworks for measuring.  Just one scoop per load in your washing machine before adding your clothing.

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