Tuesday, October 20, 2015

How To Stretch Your Laundry Detergent To Save Money

I am going to share how to stretch your laundry detergent to save money. 
First in a new series of home keeping frugal tips, is a simple way to save money on laundry soap.

I am on a mission to spend as little as possible on all my cleaning supplies and am going to share weekly in this series, new recipes to save money on cleaning products and updates on all my old, but still awesome, homemade frugal recipes for cleaning products.

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I love to save money by making my own laundry detergent, but maybe you don't want to go that far, you get a great buy on some laundry detergent or you love the smell of your favorite laundry soap brand. Here is how you can still use store bought but make it last longer.

First, buy a bar of Fels Naptha or Zote Soap in the laundry section or do like me and buy it for pennies at the dollar store. Sometimes they have Zote three for a dollar. Can't beat that.

After you use some of your detergent or by pouring some into another container you will have space to add your diluted soap. Take a two cup measuring cup or anything with about two cups of hot water and just drop the bar in the water and let sit for about 15 minutes until the water is nice and white and milky.

Now just pour that two cups of diluted soap into your detergent, shake well and you have stretched your detergent by at least two cups. If I have a large bottle like above I will pour half into another container and dilute by four cups.

This really stretches your detergent, making laundry soap last longer while still washing your clothes wonderfully and saving you lots of MONEY!

Stay tuned for next week's new cleaning recipe but check out our frugal tips page  too for many other money saving tips.


  1. Thanks Elaine! Detergent is expensive. Of course I don't have very much laundry to do, but I'm sure you do!

  2. Bonjour chère amie,

    Il est bon de faire des économies et c'est aussi bon pour la planète.

    Gros bisous ☼

  3. Great idea! I'll definitely try this. Wonder if we can stretch fabric softener... it can be pricey and I love the more expensive ones.

  4. Elaine...So, do you melt the entire bar of soap?...It would surprise me though...if it would melt in 15 minutes!

    1. No. Just enough to get a nice milky liquid. The bars last and last.

  5. Hi Elaine! Thank you for sweet comment on my blog. I am excited about my red house too :) This is really a great idea about stretching the laundry soap! I think we all would like to save a buck or two whenever we can. Thanks for sharing your great idea! Enjoy the rest of your week :)

  6. Wow what a great idea!!! I had no clue. Thanks for posting this cool tip!