Frugal Fridays: Homemade Laundry Detergent and Cleaning Supplies

Welcome to the Frugal Friday’s edition of My Take on Money.  Today’s post is all about helping you find ways to be more frugal.  Being frugal is not being cheap….it’s actually being smart.  The more money you save the closer you get to becoming more financially independent….and that’s what we’re all aiming for.

Well today’s post is definitely “frugalicious”!  🙂

I’m going to show you how you can make homemade laundry detergent and cleaning supplies out of common household goods that you probably already have sitting in your pantry.  I’ve personally made and used these little concoctions and know firsthand that they work.  Once you try them, there won’t be a reason why you’d ever waste your hard earned money on purchasing them again from the store.  Plus your friends will envy you when you start bragging about how much money you’re saving!

Laundry Detergent

We all know how expensive laundry detergent can be.  The average cost is around $4.00/box or bottle and don’t even mention the good stuff like Tide and Gain…you can forget it…that’s going to cost you a small fortune.  The use of coupons can get the price down considerably but there’s nothing like getting your clothes clean for the cost of pennies on the dollar….now we’re talking.  I don’t know about you but I can use that extra money to pay down some other expense.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (not baking soda)

½ cup Borax Multi-Team

1 Bar of Soap (Ivory, Zote or Fels-Naptha)

Hot Water

3 Gallon Pail


Grate the soap into fine shredded pieces and put into a boiler with 2 cups of water and boil until the soap dissolves into a soapy like liquid.  Pour the soapy liquid into the 3 gallon pail along with all the other ingredients mentioned above.  Fill the pail up with hot water and then let sit for at least 24 hours before use.  It will develop into a gel-like substance…give it good stirring before scooping it out.  Use 1 scoop or cup of this per load and your clothes will come out clean and smelling good.  It even gets rid of stains and whitens as well.

Glass Cleaner

This is one of my favorites and very easy to make.  It doesn’t cost as much as washing/laundry detergent but again, why spend more than you have to plus it’s environmentally friendly and gets the job done in no time.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 tablespoon White Vinegar

1 cup Alcohol

1 cup Water

Spray Bottle (new)


Mix all together and put into spray bottle and you’re ready to go.  It does a fine job with no streaking.

Multi-purpose Cleaner

This is another one of my favorites and is very easy to make.  Some of the ingredients are used in a lot in baking.  Who knew it could be used as a cleaning product too?  Vinegar is a natural cleanser and can be used to clean just about anything and lemon is a powerful cleanser as well….it’s great for bleaching.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup White Vinegar

2 tablespoons Baking Soda

1/2 cup Lemon Juice

1 cup Water

Spray bottle (new)


Mix all together and put into spray bottle and you’re ready to go.  You’ve just created a great, frugal and natural homemade cleaning product that can be used in the kitchen and restroom.

Come back and visit MTM weekly for “Frugal Fridays” because saving money makes plenty of cents!

What homemade frugal ideas do you have that you would like to share?

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