31 Day-Why I Make Detergent

October 28, 2015


It's expensive, but everyone has to use it. 

Or maybe you don't have to use it. I'm sure there is some brand of hippie out there that would go against the flow of laundry too. 

Needless to say, that hippie ain't me. 

Nope, nope, gotta wash the clothes. Honestly, I almost want to wash our bedsheets more frequently due to my terrible night sweats. Sometimes I wake up dripping in sweat and just want to go to the guest room. 

But I digress... 

I make my own detergent, and I have for probably 5 yeas now. 

This isn't some chemical aversion thing though, it's all money saving. 

You see, it started when Jeremy was in graduate school and we were the poster children for the broke as a joke club. I think we earned the spot on the front of their brochure whilst living almost entirely on our savings for two years. I wouldn't recommend it, but it can be done. 

However, major penny pinching has to take place to survive. 

Insert the year of 31 Day of Frugal Meals... it was more of an excuse to not go out to eat and be able to say no to people because "it was a blog experiment." 

Back to the detergent though, I initially suggested making my own when we were living in Monroe, and awfully comfortable at the time mind you. [Oh the years of no student loans and enough income to pay for my graduate school out right I long for you. I could totally do without the financial years of having to pay off debt from an air conditioner and student loans before having child numero two.] 

Jeremy wasn't buying the idea, not one single sliver of a bit. I couldn't convince him. 

Fast forward a few years later to when J was technically jobless while in graduate school and working as a youth minister as a volunteer when he wasn't knee deep in a paper or something... our bills literally equalled my pay + his tiny check he got for being a graduate assistant. Nothing extra. Our rent was actually exactly the same amount as his grad assistant check. That graduate assistant spot eventually ended (long long story) and we were short a nice chunk of money every month. This is when the eating out of savings really began... and it's when Jeremy started agreeing to every penny pinching way I could muster up. 

I figured up at the time that I could make enough laundry detergent to last us roughly a year + 2ish months for $20. 

Before that we were spending about $6 a month on detergent, give or take. So knocking it down to $20 was a life saver on the ole wallet. 

For years now I've just use the detergent on my clothing, and Jeremy added in a scent booster to his detergent. I've recently started using a fabric softener that has more of a smell, I think that baby laundry got me addicted to the smell of laundry. Oh and FYI - I do purchase baby detergent. We have a history of sensitive skin, and little dude seems to have it too so I don't want to risk my detergent being too strong. 

So there you have it, why this slightly crunchy wife/mama makes her own detergent... you save a ton of money every year doing it! Long live frugal ha!