Let me take you back to a time before I started couponing. Both my husband and I were suffering from itchy skin all year round. We searched high and low for the cause, only to discover it was our laundry detergent. We switched to the 'Free' or 'Clear' versions of different brand name detergents, but the relief was minimal. I knew there was a way to make my own detergent that would be gentle on our skin without breaking the bank. I searched, and I searched some more. Sifting through hundreds of articles summoned to my screen by Google was headache inducing. All I wanted was a simple, easy to make, chemical free detergent that was cheap. I kept at it until I found the recipe I desired. I then tweaked the amounts of ingredients until I had the perfect laundry detergent for our skin and our budget.

The best part of using this detergent: it will cost you less than 3 cents a load! Our clothes always smell clean and fresh. I also like the fact that this detergent is completely chemical free, which makes me feel comfortable washing even the most delicate clothes with my homemade laundry soap.

I’ve condensed my research and trial and error into a simple, quick recipe to follow:

Ingredients and Cost

  • 1 bar Ivory soap (Castile soap will work too): $1 for three bars.
  • 1 small box of baking soda: $0.48 for generic brand.
  • 1 cup Borax: $2 for 1 box.
  • 2 gallons water: Free!
  • Container(s)


  • Boil one gallon of water.
  • Grate the Ivory soap and add to water.
  • When soap is dissolved remove from heat. Slowly add baking soda and borax.
  • Mix well.
  • Add 1 gallon of cold water.
  • Store in the container of your choice. I like to use empty 2 liter soda bottles, they are easy to hold and take up less space than milk cartons. Before each use, you will need to shake the detergent up, so make sure you choose a storage method that can accommodate this. Use ½ cup of detergent per load. This detergent is low to no suds, so it also works great in HE machines.

This has been a guest post by Lesley from Sacramento, CA
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Save Hundreds on Laundry with this Do it Yourself Detergent