This weekend we concentrated on replacing our cleaning product with home made ones.

PROJECT:  Make your own Washing Detergent.

How easy is this!  Three ingredients, a large bucket, 24 hours and some old milk cartons and I now have enough detergent for at least 6 months. This is based on a family of 5 – four adults and a toddler which approximates to about 6 full loads of washing per week.  20 litres x 125ml (1/4 of a cup) of detergent, though after some experimentation I believe you could use less.

I was going to post a video on how to do it but I just followed along with Completely Nourished’s Video. The one thing I would change is I would probably add a scent as it smells a bit soapy maybe a couple of drops of Eucalyptus oil.


Borax – 125g $1.00

Washing Soda – 250g $0.92

Soap – 2 Bars $0.98

Total Cost:  $2.90 At a 1/4 cup per load this equates to $0.02 per load.

RESULTS:  To come.


PROJECT: Make your own Dishwasher Detergent.

This one is even easier.  Four ingredients and a container with a lid.  Add the ingredients to the container and shake it up.  Here’s how.

As a little upgrade, I’d like to research making this into dish tabs because I know my family will over fill the dispenser in the dishwasher, you only need 1 tablespoon.  And as an added extra use vinegar as a rinse aid.  Too cheap.


Borax – 125g $1.00

Washing Soda – 125g $0.46

Salt – 62.5g $0.05

Citric Acid – $1.79

Total Cost:  $3.30 At 1 tblspoon per load this equates to $0.12/load

RESULTS:  To come.

Total Cost of these ingredients came to  $21.64 AUD but as there were large quantities in each I should be able to make a few more batches.

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