Best Liquid Laundry Detergent

What is the best liquid laundry detergent ever?

Everyone has their favorite and unfortunately every single one has a pretty large price tag on it.

The cost just adds to the torture since laundry is the never-ending chore.

That’s one reason why I wanted to come up with a cheaper and faster way of making detergent that actually worked. I was tired of the never-ending laundry pile and the trips to the grocery store just to pick up more detergent. With our family of 6, we go through a lot of it.

But it had to be super fast to make. And every recipe I saw involved cooking things on the stove. Who wants to spend time cooking detergents and slaving over the stove? Not me.


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Okay, so first it had to be easy. I also wanted my family to be able to make it with me, or by themselves, if needed.

And then, most importantly, it had to work. I’ve got three boys who play sports and they can get pretty stinky. It not only has to get the stains out but the stink too.

This would make it best liquid laundry detergent ever.

Don’t believe me? You’ll want to give it a try, because not only is it fast & easy to make, plus it works to get your clothes actually clean, but it’s a whole lot cheaper than using coupons and trying to find a deal on detergent.

And I know you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how many of the ingredients you already have on hand!

Best Liquid Laundry Detergent

Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Washing Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Borax
  • 8 Cups HOT (almost Boiling) Distilled Water or Reverse Osmosis
  • 1/2 Cup Dawn Dish Liquid

To make the best liquid laundry detergent, you will also need a clean empty gallon container, large mixing bowl, mixing spoon and measuring cups. I used a clean empty juice container. You can also use a gallon milk jug too.

A funnel will also be handy when you are transferring the best liquid laundry detergent from the bowl to the gallon container.

Best Liquid Laundry Detergent


The best liquid laundry detergent is so easy and fast to make. Just follow these directions. Grab a spoon and a bowl!

In a large bowl, add 2 Cups of HOT distilled or reverse osmosis water.

Then mix in each DRY ingredient, one at a time with a spoon to thoroughly dissolve.

Best Liquid Laundry Detergent

Once each dry ingredient has dissolved, pour the liquid mixture into a gallon container and then add the Dawn soap.

Shake the mixture to combine.

Make sure to label the container to prevent accidental consumption.

Then write the recipe on the container so you don’t have to look for it each time you want to make it.

If you see slight settling in-between uses, give the container a shake and then you’ll be good to go.

Best Liquid Laundry Detergent

How Much Does It Cost?

Here’s where you can really see how cheap it is to make the best liquid laundry detergent.

Here’s the ingredients and cost:

  • 1/2 Cup Baking Soda = 16¢
  • 1/2 Cup Washing Soda = 30¢
  • 1/2 Cup Borax = 28¢
  • 8 Cups HOT (almost Boiling) Distilled Water or Reverse Osmosis = $0
  • 1/2 Cup Dawn Dish Liquid = 49¢

Total cost to make 8 cups = 44 loads = $1.23 Total (Compared to $4 per bottle of liquid detergent bought at the store.)

Using 1/4 Cup per load = 4¢ Per Load (for really stinky loads I’ll use 1/2 cup, which is still only 8¢ per load)

Note: Add 85¢ to your total if you do not have distilled water or reverse osmosis water on hand. That is about how much it costs to purchase a gallon of distilled water from my local grocery store. You can easily make distilled water with these simple directions.

As you can easily see, the cost for making the best liquid laundry detergent is astoundingly cheap compared to other detergents and the best part: it actually works!

This usually takes me less than ten minutes to make which is super fast and easy compared to a trip to the store.

And the result, it really works well! Even on my boy’s stinky sports clothes.



YOUR TURN: Have you tried making the best liquid laundry detergent? Let me know in the comments below how fast you made it and how you like it!

Best Liquid Laundry Detergent

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