TLC's Extreme Couponing Shows How to Save Money By Making Homemade Laundry Detergent

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Homemade Laundry Detergent TLC is bringing you yet another shocking couponer on an all-new episode of EXTREME COUPONING airing at 10/9c.

Meet Bree, a 28 year old mother of two who combines her average household items that she gets for free with coupons to create cleaning solutions.  She has a recipe for creating homemade laundry detergent that costs her less than $20/year.  Additionally, everything in her stock pile works double duty.  She uses glass cleaner to also kill wasps, toothpaste to remove stains from the wall and salad dressing to condition her hair.

Keep reading to get her exclusive homemade laundry detergent recipe!



4 cups hot tap water

1 Fels-Naptha soap bar

1 cup washing soda

1 cup Borax

  • Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water.  Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
  • Fill a five-gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
  • Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (It will gel.)
  • Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per two gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

Yield:  Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.  Top-load machine: 5/8 cup per load (approximately 180 loads).  Front-load machine: ¼ cup per load (approx. 640 loads).

I'm a former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom that lives in Houston, Texas. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who definitely keeps me on my toes! I am also involved in starting a small business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I've patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go. I love interacting with my readers and hope to learn as much about you as you learn about me!

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