How to Make a DIY Budget-Friendly Laundry Detergent?

As a mother, it is normal to worry about our laundry. It is not because of how we will finish it, but how much it would cost for the detergents we will use. If we are the ones who do the laundry, we always think a million times in terms of budgeting the money that we have. Yes, laundry detergent is expensive if you have a toddler and a newborn. Aside from being very expensive, you have a lot of dirty laundry waiting, and come to think of it, what if we make our laundry detergent at home with only three ingredients? Would it be possible? The answer is definitely yes! You are on the right track!

Homemade Laundry Detergent

DIY Budget-Friendly Laundry Detergent

If you always think about saving money, this budget-friendly detergent will surely be your budget-saver. It is a very simple recipe; if you want to add scents to your detergent, you can put some scented essential oils in. In addition to your budget-friendly detergent, you can reduce the toxins in your home with the usual laundry detergent we buy on the market.


This homemade laundry detergent recipe is safe for your newborn child’s clothes or mittens. You can use this detergent if you are planning to hand wash your dirty laundry, and it also works for washing machines.


  • 2 cups of borax
  • 2 cups of washing soda
  • 5 oz. unscented Castile soap bar (grated)
  • (optional) essential oil

Tools Needed

  • Measuring cup
  • Funnel
  • Grater
  • Storage container and a mixing jar or bucket


  1. In a saucepan, put the grated Castile unscented soap on medium heat. Wait until it dissolves.
  2. Add borax, washing soda, and melted Castile unscented soap to a bucket.
  3. If you would like to add scents, you can add essential oils. Add about 40 drops of whatever essential oil you prefer.
  4. In a 5-gallon bucket, put ½ full of hot water, then add the washing soda, borax, and melted soap with essential oil. Then stir well until dissolved.
  5. Fill it with more hot water at the bucket’s top and stir. Allow it to sit overnight, covered.
  6. After that, you can transfer your homemade detergent to your soap dispenser, and before using it, make sure you shake it well.

Extra Note

  1. Oxygen whitener helps to brighten your whites. If you have dirty laundry, you can add this whitener.
  2. Non-toxic laundry softener. It is where the magic begins. Pour 1/4 cup of distilled vinegar into each load you’re going to make. The vinegar will help remove the unpleasant odour of the laundry and softens the laundry! If you think your laundry will smell like vinegar, you’re in for a surprise! The smell of vinegar will wash out completely, and it will only be possible to keep the fresh scent.

Is Borax Safe?

laundry soap

Borax is a form of sodium borate used to make natural laundry soap, a naturally occurring mineral. It is advised to avoid ingestion, contact with the eyes, and prolonged skin contact. For this natural laundry detergent, you use it when washing clothes and do not ingest it. In addition, rinse it with water a couple of times. You are not even rubbing your eyes when doing the laundry, so rest assured that it is safe. If you are still not confident about it, you can do your research about it.

What Can I Use Instead Of Borax?

If you are uncomfortable using borax, baking soda is the best substitute. You can replace it with an equal amount of baking soda.

When Faced With The Question Of

Is homemade laundry detergent effective? Rest assured that you are not wasting materials because it’s unbelievably effective! It does an excellent job of cleaning clothes without harsh chemicals and is safe even on sensitive skin like my newborn child. I do not need to buy expensive laundry soap for my newborn. Your laundry will be clean, and at the same time, it is safe and budget-friendly. So, what are you waiting for? Take advantage of the opportunity to be on the safe side.

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