Making your own laundry products not only saves money, it’s also really simple! Below we’ve included our 3 favorite laundry products to DIY instead of buy.
Powdered laundry soap is one of the EASIEST laundry products to make at home. Our preferred mix includes 3 ingredients that you can find easily at practically any grocery store or super store. While you’ll find some DIY detergent mixtures call for grated bar soap, we prefer not to use it due to potential for soap scum build-up on the washer drum and risk of clogging the drain pipe. This mix costs approximately $.02-.04 per load compared to about $.10-.12 per load for the average store-bought detergent.
1 cup washing soda
1 cup baking soda
1 cup borax
Liquid fabric softener is another easy product to make at home with 3 ingredients you probably have on hand already. We especially love that this mixture can be customized to your fabric softness, scent and natural ingredient preference by adjusting the ratio or your conditioner of choice. This recipe, as pictured, will cost you about $.08-.10 per load versus $.20-.25 per load for the equivalent store-bought softener.
3 cups HOT water
1 cup hair conditioner
1 ½ cup white vinegar
1) Pour hot water and vinegar into mixing container. We prefer to use a pitcher to make it easier to pour final mixture into container for storing.
2) Slowly pour conditioner into water-vinegar mix, stirring gently as you go. Stir until all ingredients are fully incorporated and smooth.
3) Use a funnel to pour final mixture into old fabric softener bottle or other air-tight, pouring container.
4) Pour ¼-½ cup per load into your washer’s fabric softener dispenser (or add directly to drum during the rinse cycle).
Wrinkle Release spray is a great time-saver when you want to get rid of minor wrinkles without getting the ironing board and iron out. While the store-bought spray provides convenience, it’s also expensive. Instead, we prefer this mix using ingredients we already have in the laundry room. This recipe costs about $.10 per ounce versus about $.35 for the store-bought version.
1 cup fabric softener
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water