I have been making my own laundry detergent for over a year now and could not be happier with it. I’ve also convinced my mom, mother-in-law, and two sisters-in-law to do it, and they’re hooked too. I used to buy liquid detergent from a wholesale club for about $20 per 1.5-gallon bottle. One brand promises 110 loads out of one of these bottles. That’s something like 18 cents per load, which doesn’t seem too bad, right? But then I thought about all the packaging involved, not to mention all the resources consumed in its production, transportation, marketing, etc. Plus, many commercial detergents contain sketchy chemicals or fragrances that can irritate skin. Not such a good deal after all.
Now, by making my own detergent from a few simple, inexpensive ingredients, I spend about 5 cents per load, I don’t have to worry about skin irritants or weird chemicals, and there’s zero packaging waste. Oh, and my clothes are just as clean as ever. Laundry detergent is quite easy to make; a simple Google search for “laundry detergent recipe” will produce instructions for multiple varieties (liquid, powdered, etc.).