4 Ingredient Borax-Free Frugal DIY Laundry Detergent

frugal diy laundry detergent

The Dilemma…

So what’s a frugal gal to do when the laundry piles up and the last drop of her beloved essential oil-infused laundry detergent is gone and it’s still another week till her Essential Rewards order ships? I could quick order more, but since I picked YL Go instead of YL Go+ (I was cheap, not frugal- remember frugal isn’t cheap) I have to pay for shipping on quick orders. I’d rather Remember, just because something is in the budget doesn’t mean it’s in the bank account yet! I smell a DIY! For this frugal DIY laundry detergent I googled some and then did my own thing with what was on hand.

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Time for a Frugal DIY Laundry Detergent

I chose my trusted Dr. Bronner’s unscented Castile soap, Thieves Household Cleaner, and lemon essential oil. I don’t have baking soda and from my (limited) research using in a front load washer is a bit of a science.

I don’t have washing soda either, but I read you can pour straight castile soap in the wash, so I know I’ve improved upon it by adding Thieves Household Cleaner and lemon oil. Tea tree oil was also recommended, but I’m running low after other oily DIYs, so I’ll stick with lemon. It smells clean, will complement the Citrus Fresh laundry scent booster, and has excellent cleaning properties of its own.

The Process

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  1. I opted to use the empty Thieves detergent jug; if it’s good enough for Young Living to hold essential oil-infused products, then it’s good enough for me. I heated a small pot of water on the stove and removed from heat before it came to a boil.
  2. Then I added one capful of Thieves Household Cleaner and 10-15 drops of Lemon essential oil. I’m terrible about counting oil drops accurately!
  3. I used a funnel to pour the water mixture into the empty detergent jug then poured approximately 1/2 a cup of Castile soap in. All I did after that was to close the lid and gently swish it around inside the jug.

That is all it took to make my frugal DIY laundry detergent! Three steps and four ingredients later I was ready to wash some clothes. The best part is I was out no additional money to make it because I used only what I had on hand!

The Verdict on this Frugal DIY Laundry Detergent

I loved making my own! I can customize it by using different oils to change the scent and make it more or less concentrated as needed. That and I can’t get over how much money I can save by making my own! I’m only a few loads in and it works well so far. If If I have any issues with DIY detergent and my HE washing machine I will go back to buying Thieves detergent, but this month. I’ll keep you posted after several more loads.

I think I’ll focus my efforts on stocking up my medicine cabinet and finding more new oily products to fall in love with! Honestly, I haven’t met an oil I don’t like yet! I already have my next frugal and oily DIY picked out, so stay tuned for that! The details haven’t quite come together on it yet, but I’m excited!

**UPDATE** I am running the last load from the original batch now and have been very pleased with the results! Today I am adding about half a cup of super washing soda laundry booster to my latest batch. It was recommended in most recipes and I bought it for another DIY (more info on that coming soon)!

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