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05.01.2023 3 min read

Why You Should Create Your Homemade Laundry Detergent

We live in an age where more people are opting for various do-it-yourself projects thanks to the abundance of How-to information available on YouTube and other websites such as Instructables, Lifehacker, and DIY Network. Instead of relying solely on store-bought products or conventional solutions, individuals of all ages and skill levels are taking matters into their own hands to save money, improve their creativity, bond with their peers, or even help save the environment.

Today, one of the most trending DIY products in the market is homemade laundry detergent. As modern consumers become more aware of the toxic chemicals found in store-bought detergents (phosphates, bleach, formaldehyde, SLS, etc.), they’re rapidly switching to safer options.

The only problem is that modern, harmless chemical-free alternatives are either more expensive or low in demand due to the lack of awareness and low sales. Therefore, making homemade laundry detergent has become a popular solution for consumers looking to lead a safer, more eco-friendly lifestyle.

In this article, RECAPP is sharing the key benefits of DIY laundry detergent so you can learn how to make it using different recipes online.

Benefits of Making Homemade Laundry Detergent

1. Relatively Cheaper

Most people claim that store-bought products are cheaper because they’re made in bulk and that the raw materials are available to manufacturers at wholesale prices. However, most brands often keep a steep profit margin to accommodate other costs, including advertising, operations, and distribution.

Therefore, if you remove these costs and only add in the ingredients, you’ll realize that it’s much cheaper. For instance, making homemade laundry detergent with a cup of borax, a bar of soap, and washing soap flakes can easily suffice for 20 loads of laundry. In contrast, you’ll be spending far more on regular detergent.

2. More Eco-Friendly

By opting for the DIY route, you’ll be steering clear of several toxic chemicals that harm the environment and wildlife, including:

  • Phosphates
  • Chlorine Bleach
  • Dioxane
  • Heavy metals like cadmium and arsenic
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, etc.

These chemicals leach into the soil and different water bodies through laundry water and cause different types of damage. For instance, phosphates encourage the growth of freshwater algae that release toxins and cut off the water’s oxygen supply. Similarly, cadmium and arsenic are carcinogenic metals that can affect our liver, bones, and kidneys following ingestion.

3. Reduced Plastic Waste

Another environmental benefit homemade laundry detergents provide is reduced plastic waste. Store-bought detergent typically comes in plastic bottles or packaging. Since it’s a staple in most households, it can easily contribute to millions of tons of plastic waste in landfills and trash cans.

Fortunately, the UAE government, along with several waste management companies, such as Recapp, is introducing plastic and other waste recycling programs to encourage more people to safely dispose of plastic containers and lead a more sustainable lifestyle.

However, opting for DIY detergents can drastically reduce consumers’ plastic usage since this practice will limit their conventional detergent purchases.


So, there you have it – three incredible benefits of making homemade laundry detergent. With this information, you’re one step and a few ingredients closer to making DIY detergent and reaping the cost and environmental benefits. So, do your homework and learn about different ways you can make detergent at home from popular DIY sites.

At Recapp, we aim to educate our clients and readers regarding the different ways they can reduce plastic waste and lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Using our app, you can also opt for a recyclables collection at your doorstep and safely dispose of detergent bottles and packaging.

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