Thrifty Thursday: Homemade Laundry Detergent

Happy New Years Zesters!! What are your resolutions?? I can’t really say that I have one yet, but I know that I would always love to save some $ and doing my part for the environment is definitely a bonus too- that’s why I was so excited when I ran across this easy homemade laundry detergent recipe over at Living Well Spending Less blog. I just did 6 loads of laundry (ya I ask myself how two people can have that much laundry too? oy vey) but with that I noticed I was running very low on my detergent. Here is my new game plan to save some moola and it even works on my High Efficiency machines too! Whoop Whoop!


  • 1 bar of Ivory Soap (I got a 4 pack at Rite Aid for $3)
  • 1 cup borax (I got a large box at Ace for $5)
  • 1 cup washing soda (I got a large box a Ace for $6)

**So you can already see I paid about $14 bucks for the detergent, it made about 2 cups and you only use 1 to 2 tablespoons per load!!


Place Ivory soap in a large microwave safe bowl.  Heat in the microwave for 2 minutes, until soap turns to foam.  Quickly stir foam until it becomes small soap chips, then mix well with borax and washing powder.  Allow to cool completely, then store in airtight container.  Use 1-2 tablespoons per load.  (Tip:  This detergent works best in warm or hot water; for cold water washing you may want to first dissolve in 1/4 c. of hot water.)


Hope you find this as easy and resourceful as I did! Happy Laundry!!