How much cheaper is making your own laundry detergent? I’ve heard that DIY laundry detergents are a huge money saver, but I’m curious just how much money I stand to save on laundry. Perhaps knowing will convince me to take the plunge and make my own laundry soap – or look harder for coupons on my favorite brands.
How much does your detergent cost per load?
A cost comparison of seven brands of laundry, including homemade laundry detergent.
So which brand won – and is the cheapest?
Homemade laundry detergent is hands down the cheapest option. Making your own laundry soap is one-third the cost of the next cheapest laundry detergent (Stop & Shop’s Gauranteed Value brand). And the hommeade detergent is less than one-tenth of the cost of Tide, a leading brand.
Where can I find a recipe for making my own laundry detergent and how long does it take?
I recommend checking out The Simple Dollar’s step-by-step recipe for making laundry detergent. I have not followed his recipe, but it sounds like the whole process would take an hour (plus time to buy the ingredients – or just pick them up on your next trip to the grocery store.)
What are the downsides?
You’ve got be careful making the detergent – not a good kitchen activity for little ones – and you’ve got to store the 5-gallon bucket of homemade detergent in your laundry room (or wherever you keep detergent).
How much will I save in a year?
If you made your own laundry detergent for an entire year and did an average of one load of laundry per day, compared to using Tide, you would save…
HOMEMADE: $.02 per load x 365 loads per year = $7.30
TIDE: $.21 per load x 365 loads per year = $76.54
YEARLY SAVINGS: $69.35 per year
If you do more than one load a day, you will save more money. If you do fewer loads of laundry, you will save less.