We have all heard about saving money by making our own laundry soap.

My deal-lovin', money-saving, coupon-clipping, never-pay-full-price brain could not pass this up when I first heard about it! Especially since, as a busy mom, I am always doing laundry.

But the truth is, even though I loved the savings, I hated this part: "grate bars of soap into saucepan with water and stir continually over medium-low heat until completely dissolved." No thank you! With all the sorting of loads, switching machines, folding and putting away (not to mention the rest of life zooming all around us), who has the time to grate and melt soap bars?

This super-simple recipe has changed my life! Well, at least the part of my life that takes place in the laundry room. There is no grating, no dirty dishes, no stove, no stirring continually for what seems like an eternity. Just pour in the ingredients, swish it around and fill up the container. It’s done in less than 5 minutes from start to finish.

Not only is it easy and a huge time saver, but it is so cheap it’s KRAZY! My shopping list for this homemade detergent consisted of one 72oz box of Borax ($3.79), one 55oz box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda ($3.99) and one 9oz bottle of Dawn dish liquid ($0.99), for a total of $8.77 before tax and coupons. How does this price compare? My favorite brand of commercial laundry detergent goes for $12.99 for 96 loads regular price. After doing all the math, I discovered that this no-grate recipe makes 96 loads for about $1! That's a 92% savings!

Another added benefit: This soap actually cleans better than my old "grate and melt" recipe. I give credit to the grease and grime fighting power of dish soap. Even my I-must-feed-myself toddler's clothes come clean. That alone makes it amazing!

DIY No-Grate Laundry Soap

Supply List

  • 5 tbsp Borax
  • 5 tbsp Washing Soda
  • 3 tbsp Liquid Dish Soap (I prefer Dawn)
  • Empty 1 Gallon Container with Lid
  • Funnel (if needed)
  • Tap Water


  • Pour Borax, washing soda and dish soap into your one gallon container, using a funnel if necessary.
  • Add a few inches of hot tap water to the container. Put on the lid and swirl vigorously for 1 tor 2 minutes until powders are dissolved.
  • Fill with tap water, letting bubbles run out.
  • Use 1/2 cup per load (a little more for large sized or heavily soiled loads).

That's it! Who can resist better cleaning in less time while spending less money? Not this KCL!

Are you done making yours yet?

This has been a guest post by Shirley from Riverside, CA
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Clean Savings: Easy DIY No-Grate Laundry Soap