3 Ingredient Homemade Laundry Detergent

If you are looking to save money by making your own cleaning products, but aren't quite sure where to start, making your own laundry detergent is the perfect place. 

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I have been making my own laundry detergent for quite a few years now and it's cut costs pretty significantly. I can make a huge batch of powdered detergent that will last me 6 months to a year for the price of one container of premium laundry detergent. This homemade laundry detergent can even be used in HE washing machines. I've condensed my 'recipe' down a bit from what I originally started with going from 5 ingredients to a simple 3. 

All you need is
To be completely honest, the main ingredients that get your clothing clean is the laundry bar soap and the Biz Stain & Odor Eliminator. The in wash scent booster is completely optional and only added because I have a love for clean linen and floral scents. So you can make this even cheaper if you choose to omit the scent boosters. Since Biz Stain & Odor Eliminator is an enzyme-based cleaner, it tackles protein based stains and when combined with the laundry soap becomes a powerful stain and odor fighting product. 

I start off by pouring a whole box of Biz Stain & Odor Eliminator into a 9.5L plastic container. You can buy a bucket or some other cute container, but I had this one just taking up space in my kitchen with no real use and it was perfect to hold my detergent in because it came with a handled lid that snaps on. 

*Tip: If you are making a huge supply like I do, you'll  want to work in batches. By trial and error I have found that doing it in batches rather than all at once makes it much easier to mix up evenly.

Next, I pour in one bottle of the scent boosters and then grate one full laundry soap bar into the container. Grating is rough work, I'm not going to lie to you. However, there are two much simpler solutions for this part. 

The first solution is to spend a little bit more money and buy pregrated soap. The second solution is to cut the soap bar into 4 or 5 pieces, place on a microwavable plate, and microwave for 2-3 minutes. Allow the soap to cool. It'll be all puffed up and weird looking. Put soap puffs into a ziplock bag and pound into crumbles. 

Once all of your ingredients are in the container, give it a good mix to combine everything. I triple all of my ingredients to make a larger batch that lasts longer. To scoop it out, I just use a scoop I saved from a previous laundry detergent box or the lid to one of the scent boosters. 

You need very little of this and it does last quite a long time. You'll see in the blue scoop is the amount I use for a medium to large load of laundry. One to two tablespoons is sufficient enough and you can add a little bit more for larger loads of laundry. 

I just pour it right into the drum of the washer. Unlike other powdered detergents I've used, the homemade kind doesn't leave powdery residue on your clothes and washes out quite nicely. Colors stay bright with this mixture as well. 

Biz Stain & Odor Eliminator has whitening agents that make white clothes whiter and colors brighter. Biz incorporates these agents along with detergents, peroxides, and a unique blend of enzymes to dissolve bacteria and stain causing elements in things such as blood, grass, and more, to ensure the cleanest, brightest clothes with every wash. 

So not only is this homemade detergent going to save you money, I've found that it actually cleans better than past detergents that I've purchased at the store. Try it, and I guarantee you too will be hooked. 


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