Super Cheap Laundry

May 21

Monday is laundry day in the Seams Happy household. I realized I am all out of my super cheap laundry detergent. Since I have to make it anyway,I thought I would share with you the how and what so you can see how easy and cheap it is. I can usually find these items in my grocery. If you can’t, you can order online from someone like Amazon.

You will need:

  • Fels Naptha Bar Soap (feel free to substitute another bar soap like Ivory. Stick with the pure type soaps)
  • Borax
  • Laundry Soda
  • Essential Oil of your choice if you want to add fragrance. Use about 15-20 drops.


  1. Grate the bar of soap. It is a hard soap, so you might want to use a food processor if you have one.
  2. Measure 1 cup each of the borax and laundry soda.
  3. Mix the ingredients together. Mix in the essential oil if you elect to use it.

Store in an air tight container. Makes enough for about 32 loads using 1 1/2 tablespoon per load.

Here is a breakdown of the cost.

  • The Fels Naptha Soap costs about $3.99 a bar. You will use the entire bar for one batch of detergent.
  • The borax was $11.00. You will get about 6 batches of detergent from the box.
  • The laundry soda was $9.15. You will get about 5 batches of detergent from the box.
  • IF my math is correct, that works out to 29 cents a load!

Super Cheap and Super Easy!

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