Homemade Laundry Detergent: Budget-Friendly 6-Month Supply

Homemade Laundry Detergent: Budget-Friendly 6-Month Supply

Have you ever wondered how laundry detergent companies create their products? Basically all they are doing is mixing ingredients together to come up with a soap mixture to sell. 

I mean why can’t we do that at our house?

Well, that is exactly what we did! I was shocked how well it worked. Not only did it have our clothes coming out of the dryer smelling amazing. It did an amazing job cleaning them. Plus, we didn’t even need to add fabric softener, which isn’t great for clothes anyway.

But that’s not all…

We managed to create a 6-month supply for just $60, and we’ve got the receipts to prove it! Imagine spending $60 and 20 minutes of your time to mix it all, and you’ll have laundry soap for the next half-year.

You don’t have to imagine anymore. We’re here to show you exactly what we did and how you can do it too!

Let’s get started on making some laundry detergent!

Homemade Laundry Detergent Ingredients

We found all the supplies at our local Walmart Supercenter! You can also find them all on Amazon, but it will be a little more expensive there.

Shopping List: 

Amazon sells all the items but they are pricier. You can expect to spend closer to $90 for all the supplies. But, amazon will ship it right to your door which is nice and sometimes worth not having to brave the crowds.

The full Amazon Shopping List

Walmart you can go buy all of this off the shelf and it will cost you about $60 total! If you want the convenience of it coming to your home for the amazing Walmart price. Walmart+ would make that possible for you! We love using Walmart+ all the time for so many everyday things we need delivered!

The full Walmart Shopping List

If you opt for the giant tub, ensure it’s big enough to fit two 5-gallon buckets’ worth of ingredients. 

Make sure to keep your scoops that come with your Oxi Clean and Gain. You will use one of those to scoop your soap into the washing machine.

How To Make Your Homemade Laundry Detergent 

I like to mix this up on our front porch since the soap dust does make a bit of a mess. Plus, it makes the front porch smell good for a bit!

Giant Tub Mixing Instructions:

  1. Open all your soaps and pour about half of each soap into the bucket.
  2. Mix with a giant spoon or broomstick until well combined.
  3. Add the remaining soap and mix again until thoroughly combined.

👇This is my preferred way of doing it.👇 Choose the way you want to mix it based on the way you want to store it!👇

5-Gallon Buckets Mixing Instructions:

  1. Open all your soaps and pour about half of each soap into each bucket.
  2. Put on the lids tightly and roll the buckets on their side back and forth to combine.
  3. Open the buckets to ensure they’re thoroughly combined.

How to Store Your Homemade Laundry Detergent

The mixing container will also serve as your storage container. Ensure the lid is securely on to keep any moisture out. Keeping it dry inside the container is key for long-term storage.

I like to keep a smaller bucket in the cabinet above our washing machine for daily use. Simply refill the small container as needed!

Before you go…

The savings from making your laundry soap at home are incredible. We did the math and realized we were spending at least $500 a year on laundry soap.

Now, we spend a maximum of $120 a year!

And the convenience of not having to worry about running out of soap is unbeatable. No more late-night or early-morning runs to the grocery store just for laundry soap.

What would you do with that extra $400 a year now that you’re not spending it on soap?!

If or when you do this DIY, I’d love for you to tag us on Instagram so I can see what you create! 


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