Homemade No-Grate Laundry Detergent

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After learning how easy it is to make most of your basic household cleaners I decided to try making my own laundry detergent. I was almost out of my store bought detergent and the cost of buying the ingredients to make my own equaled one bottle of store bought detergent. There was nothing to lose trying but so much more money in my pocket to gain! The great thing is that these ingredients will make detergent for at least a year. That's about $10 worth of ingredients for a whole year of laundry detergent. Plus, this is a no grate recipe! Check out how easy it is to make this no grate laundry detergent that cleans effectively and leaves your clothes smelling delicious! I use 1/2 cup per regular load. This is HE washer friendly!
Learn how to make easy no grate laundry detergent! I'm forever hooked on this recipe!
Gather your ingredients. You need:
•3 Tablespoons of Borax
•3 Tablespoons of Washing Soda
•2 Tablespoons Dawn Dishwashing Detergent
•A bottle to mix it in (mine is an old milk bottle)
Pour the three ingredients into a gallon container. Use a funnel or a piece of paper rolled into a funnel.
Pour 4 cups of boiling water into the container and swirl until dissolved.
Let cool and then fill container with cold water. Make sure to fill the container up to the top with water – not just suds. Let the suds run over while filling. You will still have plenty of soap inside.
It's that easy to make your own laundry detergent! It will save you so much money a year and make your clothes so fresh and so clean!

Megan Aubrey
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  • Sandra Brosius Sandra Brosius on Mar 06, 2021

    Hi, I love this idea. Because I am allergic to everything scented, can I forgo the Dawn? I truly don't know about an unscented dish soap. If I did I would buy it.

    Sincerely, Sandra B

  • Peg10234601 Peg10234601 on Jul 25, 2021

    How much of the DIY detergent do you use in a load of clothing?

  • Brandy Brandy on Sep 06, 2021

    it might be a good idea to let DIY’s know, Not to use this in front load HE washers. Dawn is real sudsy and would clog up my Boasch washer, and repair is real expensive….


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  • Karen Karen on Jul 25, 2021

    Hi sounds great! I love the money saving and easy process. Thanku. What is washing soda and where can I buy it at? I want to try this! Also someone mentioned sensitive skin, will this be ok if we have sensitive skin? I appreciate your answers. Enjoy your day/night

  • Vickie Christianson Vickie Christianson on Aug 10, 2021

    Please let people know that if they use this recipe do not add bleach to any load of clothes. Bleach and Dawn are not safe together. Bleach is not safe to mix with many cleaning ingredients.