I do laundry every single day. And I like to use an eco-friendly laundry detergent like Ecover. But as the last box I bought off Amazon was running out, I began thinking about making my own laundry detergent. I used to do this some time ago (before our third house move!).
Why I’ve Changed My Laundry Detergent
The thing is, my previous homemade laundry detergent didn’t have much of a scent – which is great for babies. But I really missed scented laundry detergent.
And the detergent I wanted had to fit this criteria:
- It had to be cheap
- It had to smell good
- And it had to have eco-friendly ingredients
So I started looking around for recipes and I came across this one by Jillee of One Good Thing By Jillee. It looked cheap and good and she said that it could last a family of four a whole year!
Excellent! But as I was going through the list, it became clear that getting the American products she used in her recipe here in the UK would be a problem. In fact, when I totalled the cost of the exact products she used, it was £84.98!! Ummm, no thanks!
Even though most families spend more than that on their laundry detergent in a year, I was determined to find something better.
So I did a bit of research and substituted like for like wherever I could on Ebay, Amazon and my local supermarket.
Here’s the recipe I came up with and it all cost £25.86*!!! I have a family of five, but if this could last me 10 to 12 months or so, I reckon it’s still a massive saving on laundry detergent! And it’s much cheaper than the Ecover laundry liquid I was buying in bulk at £39 which lasts me around 7 months!
* Prices were correct at the time of publication. Please note that sites like Amazon and Ebay change prices for their products frequently.
Here’s what I used and the amounts:
- Soap Flakes, 425g (£5.99 on Amazon)
- Borax, 2kg (£8.89 on Ebay)
- Tesco Soda Crystals, 1.5kg (£1 per kg at Tesco)
- Bicarbonate of Soda, 500g (£3.15 for a kilo on Amazon)
- Tesco Oxypower powder for colours, 1.5kg (£3 per kg at Tesco)
- Lenor Unstoppables Scent Booster, 375g (£6.80 for 750g on Amazon Subscribe and Save option)
Ok, ok, so I know that the Lenor and Oxypower products aren’t exactly eco-friendly, so I’ve got an option for an eco-friendly version below.
This detergent is so simple to make. I simply poured everything into an extra large strong shopping bag and gave it a stir! Make sure that you only use the amounts IN BOLD. Some of the products I bought were only available in larger sizes (like the bicarbonate of soda or the Lenor Unstoppables). So you won’t need to use everything.
Then I transferred as much of it as I could fit into this large laundry tin I had. If you don’t have something like this, use a large glass storage jar or other large container with a lid.
Washing Your Laundry
When you’re ready to use it, you’ll need 60g per load. That’s the same as two heaped tablespoons or 1/4 of a cup. I use a 1/4 cup measuring spoon which I keep stashed in my laundry tin. At a couple tablespoons per load, this amount of detergent is going to take a loooonng time to get through!
I’ve started using it and my laundry smells great! And it all comes out really clean. I’ve definitely found my perfect homemade laundry detergent recipe that is budget friendly, quick to make and smells fantastic! I love the fact that I don’t have to bother with laborious tasks like grating soap as the soap flakes are ready to go.
If you want, you can leave the Lenor Unstoppables Scent Booster out of the recipe as it’s a total luxury. Tesco’s Oxypower powder has a mild scent, which I’m sure may be quite enough all by itself. And the cost of your laundry detergent will be £3.40 cheaper to make per batch!
If you’d like to make this an ultimate eco-friendly laundry powder, you will need to omit the Lenor Unstoppables and Tesco Oxypower powder and replace the Oxypower powder with an eco-friendly stain remover like this one for whites or this one for whites and colours on Amazon. These are pricier than the Tesco version, but the total cost of ingredients should still give you a bargain against a leading store bought eco-friendly detergent.
Also, if you plan on using a stain remover that is for whites only, I recommend that you leave it out of your laundry detergent mix, and instead just add it to your machine when you’re doing a load of whites.
All the other ingredients are eco-friendly which is great to know!
Now I look forward to folding my laundry. Aaahhh, the glorious smell of clean knickers! 😉
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