The thought of making my own laundry detergent had never occurred to me. When making your own detergent became a thing, we were in Okinawa. The climate over there is so humid that everything tends to mold and mildew. If you didn’t throw the clothes in the dryer as soon as they were done in the washer, they’d be stinky. Even if you left clothes in the dryer too long, they’d have a mildew smell to them. I’m sure having a government loaned washer and dryer didn’t help either. The only thing I found to get rid of the smell was Tide, so that was all I bought.
Now, we are in a non-humid climate and I have a fancy, new washer and dryer. I started out buying Tide here, but then a sale popped up, so I bought the Target Up & Up brand detergent. I haven’t noticed a difference. Better yet, my husband, who is a Tide snob and has the nose of a dog, hasn’t noticed a difference. I figured why not try to make my own to save some money?
My mother-in-law made herself the guinea pig and tried out different ways of making laundry detergent. She tried making it on the stove and having to grate the soap. She made powder and liquid detergent. This is her favorite detergent recipe and I made it myself.
Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
For use in a 1 gallon container
3 tbsp Borax
3 tbsp Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
3 tbsp Dawn dishwashing liquid
Pour 4 cups of hot water into the gallon container. Hot, not boiling or you’ll melt the container.
Add the 3 ingredients
Fill the rest of the container with water.
Viola! Laundry detergent! Easy and inexpensive.