Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent with the Power of TIDE!

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent with the Power of TIDE!!  HUGE Budget Saver for all the Tide lovers out there!!

I have been making my own homemade liquid laundry detergent for some time now, and I’m hooked.  I absolutely love the stuff!  The thing that I love the very most is the huge amount of money that it saves me.  I can make 5 gallons of the homemade version for less than $2.  Try finding that kind of deal in your local grocery store!

My original recipe has gotten a ton of response from ya’ll, and you seem to love it as much as I do.  However, there are those out there that won’t even try it because they have a love affair with Tide, my mother included.  So, I had to try to make a version of homemade detergent for all the Tide-snobs out there.

This version is pretty much the same as my original version – just with an added boost of Tide.  Yes, it does cost a little bit more to make – but compared to the price of buying straight Tide, it’s a huge money saver.  I recommend watching the sales & pairing it with a coupon, if available, to boost those savings a little more.  I can usually get a 75 fl. oz. bottle for $7 when I do this.

I buy my ingredients at WalMart, which I’ve found to be the cheapest place to buy them at.  Let me break down my costs for you.

  • Borax – $2.99
  • Washing Soda – $2.99
  • Fels Naptha Soap – $0.97
  • 75oz bottle of Tide – $7.00 (I used a coupon for this price, so watch those coupons for the best deals)

And, since you only need one cup of both the borax & washing soda, your costs are actually cheaper than that since one box will last for several batches.

This is safe for regular washers AND HE washers!  Just make sure you purchase the HE version of Tide for the HE washing machines.

It’s so simple to put this together… Let me show you how!

Here’s what you will need:

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent with the Power of Tide!

First thing to do is to shred up 1 bar of Fels Naptha soap with a cheese grater.  You can also use Zote or pure castile soap if you want.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent with the Power of Tide!

 

Add the shredded soap to a pot along with 4 cups of water.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent with the Power of Tide!

 

Heat on medium/high heat, stirring occasionally, until it is completely melted.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent with the Power of Tide!

Meanwhile, measure out 1 cup of both the Borax & Super Washing Soda.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent with the Power of Tide!

 

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent with the Power of Tide!

Fill up a 5 gallon bucket halfway with hot water.  Pour the melted soap/water mixture into the bucket & stir.  Then add in the borax & washing soda. Stir again.  If you want any added scent power, then you can mix in several drops of your favorite essential oil.  No exact amount, I just keep adding drops until I feel satisfied with the scent.  My favorite scents for homemade detergent are orange & lavender.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent with the Power of Tide! Add more hot water, filling up the bucket to a little more than 3/4 of the way full.  Put a lid on it, and let it sit for 24 hours to gel.  Now, it will not gel the same way as your typical storebought detergent.  

**It will be more of a egg noodle soup consistency…a little watery with gel-glops throughout.  This is how it should look!!**

Now, if you let it sit for longer than 24 hours, it will gel into a jell-o like consistency.  If this happens, don’t worry – just mix it up really well to break it up.  I’ve heard from a reader that she actually lets hers sit for that long on purpose, and then mixes it up with her immersion blender – and she said that the consistency is much smoother like this, more comparable to what you see in store-bought detergent.  I don’t have an immersion blender, so I haven’t tried this yet – but if one of you do try it, let me know how it works for you! Whichever way you do it though, the cleaning power is the same!

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent with the Power of Tide!

 

Now, its time to add in the Tide.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent with the Power of Tide!

 

Pour in the whole container & give it a good stirring to mix it up.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent with the Power of Tide!

 

That’s it – you’re done!

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent with the Power of Tide!

 

Now, you can leave it in the bucket – or you can divide it into empty containers of your choice.  I usually make a couple of batches at once, and I’ll fill up 2-3 empty laundry containers, and store the buckets elsewhere… refilling the containers as needed.

Use 1/2 cup for a regular large load.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent with the Power of Tide!

 

So, there you have it!  I hope you all love this version as much as I do!!

If you don’t care whether you have Tide in your detergent, you can also check out the original version here.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent with the Power of Tide!

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent with the Power of Tide!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of borax
  • 1 cup of super washing soda
  • 1 bar of Fels Naptha soap, shredded
  • 1 75 fl oz bottle of Tide
  • water
  • 5 gallon bucket with lid
  • essential oil of your choice (optional)

Instructions

In a medium saucepan, mix together the shredded Fels Naptha soap with 4 cups of water. Heat on medium/high, stirring occasionally, until melted. Fill up a 5 gallon bucket halfway with hot water. Pour in the melted soap/water mixture. Stir. Then stir in 1 cup of borax & 1 cup of washing soda. Stir in the essential oil, if using. Add more hot water, filling up the bucket a little more than 3/4 of the way full. Put the lid on it, and let it sit for 24 hours. Then, stir in the bottle of Tide. Add 1/2 cup for regular large loads.

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Authored by: Crystal Light Faulkner
  • Julie Britton

    I like to let mine set longer also. Besides the preferred consistency, it makes the house smell wonderful. I use a paint stirring “bit” that attaches to a drill to mix it up and it works really well.

  • Heather T.

    I just don’t get the Tide thing it makes me itch so bad its crazy, and it makes my 6 yo itch, wonder what is in Tide that does that, since no other detergent does! I have to try your original thou, where are you getting fels naptha so cheap, I haven’t seen it under $2.99

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      I get mine at my local WalMart for $0.97 :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/MelissaVance1979 Melissa Vance

      u can also use zote or ocatgon they both work well and are found in the laundry isle or sometimes soap isle

  • Mandy V

    I love Tide, Don’t love the price. I make my own detergent, sometimes, but I never feel like it cleans as well as the Tide does, especially grease. And, I hate using bleach, but I seem to have to in order to make the whites white after a few loads of homemade detergent. I think I will try this variation when I am done with this last batch I made using the original recipe. Maybe it will be the middle ground of cost savings and effectiveness I want and need!

  • http://www.facebook.com/carl.l.david.1 Carl L David

    We have been using the original version of your laundry detergent in our new HE washer and we love it. This new recipe sounds even better. Do you think adding the Tide to the pre-wash dispenser would have the same result as mixing it with the rest of the ingredients ? Thanks!

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      I feel sure that it would – I’m just not sure of what that measurement would be.

  • mandy

    I made mine today and it wad pretty watery. I even used a 3 1/2 gallon bucket. I dont know what i did wrong.

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      When you add the Tide, it does make it a little more watery. Something about then together that just makes them a little less ‘gelly’. However, the consistency has nothing to do with the cleaning power of it. Next time, try leaving the mixture before adding the Tide to sit for longer, around 48 hours – and then stir it up really good (or use an immersion blender for a smoother mix). Then, stir in the Tide.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AngieRaquelAllen Angie Allen

    I use Purex..could this still work using Purex instead of Tide?

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      Sure! You could use the Purex if that’s what you like! You can also refer to the links in the post that go to the original recipe, which is the exact same – just doesn’t add any extra detergent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rebecca.wright.566 Rebecca Wright

    I made mine yesterday. Only used 4 gallons of water so that it is super concentrated Smells fantastic and I have my first load in the washer as I type! Thanks for the recipe. .08 a load!!!!

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  • http://www.catsstories.com/ Cat McMahon

    I used to make my own laundry detergent, but was not happy with the results. Your recipe kicks the cleaning power up a notch. With the economy the way it is we have been cutting back everywhere we can think of. Now we can conquer laundry expense. Thanks for your wonderful information. I can’t wait to try it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hpalumbo Holly Palumbo

    If you don’t have any tide on hand could you simply add it later????

  • http://www.facebook.com/dorthey.lutton Dorthey Lutton

    I had to snicker a little when I read this I use tide powder with mine.I make everything the same but when I turn the heat off let it stop boiling I add one cup of powdered tide. To me it gives it that little added Boston….ow and I make the same batch but a change the bar of soup to Lava

  • rose

    I am just curious to where you live because the prices of this stuff is WAY different than what I can find. Your are much cheaper

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      I get mine at WalMart!

      • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

        Oh yes, russets are just fine!

    • Ginger

      Dollar general and sometimes Dollar Tree stores are even cheaper! But in a pinch I’ll use WalMart too! lolol

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathy.k.avery Kathy Kuntz Avery

    I really want to try this, but I’m allergic to the dyes and the scents. Normally I use All Free and Clear. Are there any suggestions to making it so I can avoid that?

  • nyckie

    I just moved into a house where the washer is either dying or just set up weird. long story short, I have to use it on cold/cold. would the globs break up with the cold water or would I end up with globs at the end of the wash cycle?

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      Yes, it definitely will. I only wash on cold to save on energy, and have no issues at all.

    • Ginger

      I came over here from the ‘original’ recipe out of PURE curiosity…actually hoping for a ‘like’ tide recipe LOL Am still Impressed!

      But I saw your question and HAD to tell you that YES the original recipe works WONDERFULLY in my washer and I ONLY use cold wash and rinse…there have NEVER been any globs or left over skunky gunk after using this detergent recipe (I only came back because I need to make more! lol)

      Also, my family is HIGHLY allergic to just about every commercial brand of detergent…and this REALLY really gets their clothes clean-even in COLD water! That is laundry for 5 sons 4 of whom are teenagers and my hubby who works maintenance… And also gets the dogs beds clean! I cannot stress how much I LOVE the original recipe! This one adding tide- I can’t use *pouts* because of the allergy thing but I am pretty certain that the consistency adding the tide creates will make it even better in a cold wash and/or rinse cycles…

      if I could use it I would! I love saving the money and making my own, something therapeutic about it LOL I see nothing wrong in simply stretching a normally expensive detergent in phenomenal proportions…

  • Gail

    I made this recently…just as good as Tide. I let mine set for almost 36 hours, took the lid off & it resembled coconut-colored jello. My husband gave me a small paint paddle that hooked to his drill. :) It mixed up very well, then I added the Tide detergent, mixed again & poured into my empty containers. Loving it! My husband was impressed & he is even more skeptical than me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rebekah.dixon.9638 Rebekah Dixon

    Oh my gosh, I just love this!! I am telling all my friends about it. Is it sad that all of my excitement yesterday was about waking up and getting to try out my laundry detergant??? Lol! Thank you so much for sharing :)

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      haha, I love that!! Thanks for taking the time to come back & share – and for telling your friends!!

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  • confusedmm

    How is this home made if you are using a whole bottle of store bought tide? In that case why not just use tide alone? I’m just wondering. The whole point of home made is to avoid store bought like tide right?

  • Rachel Quick

    I have never tried this and I am not opposed to trying it, but in the pictures above, the liquid/mix looks rather lumpy… will this clog up in the He washing machines?

  • CanadianErin

    I’ve hunted for Washing soda in every single store in my area, but apparently it just isn’t available in Canada… neither is that bar soap stuff. So I go to Canadian Tire and buy a brand they have there called Old Dutch, and it is REALLY good! And cheap — it’s often on sale for $3 for a 75-use bottle! I pair it with a good fabric softener (the concentrates don’t take much, only about 1 TBSP for an HE load) so it will smell fresh for a long time in the closet or drawers.

    Everyone with HE machines — MAKE SURE you yank the front off (or use the little door at the bottom /side of the front if it has one) and pull apart the PUMP FILTER & clean it out!!

    I was about to go buy a refurbished old-style washer because my machine didn’t have any instruction how to get at that filter — I was going to have to call for a repairman to come (for $125 just for the service call, then bill in 15-minute increments) to fix it. Some machines don’t say anything in the manual nor do you even know this little thing exists! Mine is a GE and the only mention is in Troubleshooting under “washer won’t drain” that the pump filter is clogged — but not one word as to how to get to the pump filter! I was devastated that my washer only lasted about a year, and had been hand-washing & doing the laundromat thing. I finally decided that “broken is broken, it can’t get any worse” and got down on the floor with a screwdriver & pilled out the bottom panel — sure enough, that pump filter was SO clogged it was tightly-packed with various fibres, my hair and my daughter’s hair (she & I both have long hair) cat fur, lint from all our fuzzy blankets & afghans, bit from a paper towel that must have been in our pockets– it was so packed it was like someone shoved a whole facecloth in there!

    And since I cleaned out that filter (It’s about the size of a small frozen-juice can), the spin cycle REALLY sucks the water out AND the clothes really feel clean now. AND added bonus, all those things on the shelves to clean out the funky HE washer smell — you don’t need them! They are on the market because it’s actually the filter & gunk that starts smelling funky! There are some videos now on youtube showing various machines & how to clean that part out, I highly advise everyone who has an HE machine go right now & clean that thing — I’m sure many people have bought new machines or had repairmen in to “fix” their broken non-draining washer! (probably laughing all the way to the bank!)

    • CanadianErin

      Sorry, I didn’t mean to “blog” in your comments! I just don’t want anyone else in the same situation I was in with the HE machine!

      • Ginger

        I thought your helpful information was Awesomely Wonderful! And you have a kind heart! You found a solution to normally high priced dilemma and shared it with others. I don’t have an HE machine…but if ever I DO get one? I’ll know to keep that in mind! :D And like you, I tend to share when I figure out neat stuff too that might help others!

        • CanadianErin

          Aww, shucks… thank you for your kind words. I just don’t want someone else in the position of basically losing their laundry or having to spend a fortune fixing it, because repairmen are really expensive. I’m a widowed single mom, I got laid off, then sick, so I’ve got to look at everything I spend.
          I’m going to look around for the washing soda again, as another Canadian commented that she gets it no problem. Thank you for your reply, I haven’t had a chance to noodle around your blog in a while, so off I go! :)

    • Vee

      I’m not sure where you are in Canada but I have no problem finding Washing Soda. I currently live in Windsor Ontario (though have lived in Trenton and Toronto as well) and have definitely purchased it at Metro, Zehrs, Sobeys and various department stores like Zellers.

      • CanadianErin

        I’m near Edmonton — I’ve looked in Superstore, WalMart, Zellers (when we had it, it’s a Target now)… I’ve seen powdered Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent, but not “Washing Soda”.
        I bought Old Dutch liquid from Canadian Tire, it’s often on sale for abotu $2/bottle for the small & $4 for the large … it’s really good! I will add about 1 big capful of Tide to it that I had leftover from before it was for HE Machines — yeah it’s old but it still works, I don’t want to waste it :) — and I find it works nicely.

  • Amy J.

    I just made my first batch of laundry soap! I can’t believe how cheap it is! Thank you and my house smells really good after melting the soap!

  • Tonya E

    Hi! I just made my detergent! :) Except I didn’t use Tide, I added a different brand. Does that matter? I made homemade detergent before, but completely messed it up, so I made the powder. I’m out of that and discovered your Tide recipe! I can honestly say that I’m excited to start my laundry!

  • Not impressed

    This is pretty hilarious, for something that is supposed to be an environmentally friendly alternative to laundry soap. You’re using an entire bottle of Tide? And shopping at Walmart?

    • non

      Not reading anywhere about it being environmentally friendly alternative. I’m thinking its all about save a a$$ load of money(which is does).

  • LaNeely

    I’m super stoked about trying this. Mine main complaint with homemade detergent is that there isn’t much of a scent to it. I’m glad I found this recipe. I’ve got my mixture sitting and I have my drill stir drill bit ready!

    • Ginger

      Don’t be afraid of oil spots! I have been making this for a LONG time! :D And I have a mostly male family …sighs… so I use empty gallon sized milk jugs and create fragrances according to their likes and then I make MINE MINE MINE! Lol all lovely and mine…I don’t go for the lavender as much by itself, but have combined it with sandalwood? Lovely! And no oil spots on anything ever! And that is with me using cold water to both wash my clothes and to rinse.

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  • Kathryn Parsley

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    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      Thanks so much! :)

  • Oma

    What else could I use for smell, sorry I don’t care for essential oils.

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      I’ve heard of other people mixing in the Purex scent crystals with great results for scent!

      • Gail

        I use scented Tide. We don’t care for essential oils. I am fixing to make a new batch using Mountain Spring® Tide®. Hubby & I love the scent. Also, this is my 2nd batch in 3 months because we gave out most of our first one to family & friends…lol. Now, they are wanting to know how to make it.
        I tell them to look on my Pinterest page for “cleaning solutions”.

    • Rachael

      I use a lavender scented pure castle soap. which works great for adding scent. Castle soap also comes in other scents such as peppermint, and tea tree.

  • jessica

    I misread the directions and added the tide at the same time:-/
    Will this mess it up?

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      It won’t mess it up as far as cleaning power goes – it just won’t thicken up is all. Use it all up! :)

  • jessica

    I accidently put the tide n at the same time as the other ingredients.
    Is this going to ruin it?

  • Charie

    I just finished my first batch ever and following the recipe to the T made it turn out just like the photo. Smells wonderful with no scents added just the tide. First load of laundry with the new soap is in now heres hoping it works well. Thanks for sharing this gotta say way way cheaper than my tide pods 72 count at 18 dollars and I use two a month with a family of 5 and thats only if I dont wash everyday.

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  • ASmith

    I’ve actually NEVER added Tide or other detergent to mine (makes it less than $10 a year) and works great! Even on tough stains (3 kids and a mechanic husband)

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      Yes, I have a recipe on here (link in this post) that is done without the Tide, and it works great! There are those out there who really love the added Tide though, which is why I created this version :)

  • christina Reedy

    yes why the addition of tide..it seems counterproductive.

  • Cheapskate’s Guide to the Gala

    OK, I could not wait 24 hours to try this. Patience is not what I am known for. So, I tried a half a cup on some whites including my husband’s work shirts. Since there is a colorful logo on the shirts, I stay away from bleach. Long story short, those whites glisten. This stuff is better than any detergent I have used in the past.
    The only difference between my batch and the site’s recipe is that I could not find a 75 ounce bottle of Tide and used the 100 ounce bottle. I also used the Tide Free and Clear.
    This is a bit labor intensive with the stirring, measuring, and pouring, not to mention making sure the Naptha did not boil over but well worth the effort.

  • V

    I love the results of the original version. Have used it for some years now. Will try this one out soon.

    Question: Do you think I could get the same results without cooking/melting it? Just by mixing the dry borax, washing soda, grated soap & powdered tide in a container and letting it dissolve in the wash?

    • Diana

      Yes alot of people just mix all the powders and soap together and use as a powder detergent. Without all the water you actually only need about a tablespoon per load

  • Mario

    Can I add oxi clean to mixture ?

  • Christine Gooding Lambert

    I have made this 2x now. love it! i also add fabric softener. And, we use a big bowl, pour it in, mix it with handheld mixer. kinda messy, but i like it smooth.
    It is not about environmentally friendly – it is about making my Tide go further. I was VERY skeptical—but i am a convert! thankyou!!

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      I’m so glad you are loving it – and the addition of the fabric softener is a great idea, thanks for sharing!

  • Molly Conley

    Is this safe to use in HE washing machines? I know there is special soap in the stores for them and would like to try a homemade version, but my machines are fairly new and I am afraid to mess them up. It was a crazy good deal that allowed me to get my new washer and dryer so I can’t really afford to mess them up.

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      Yes, it is HE safe! It’s low sudsing, so it’s perfect :)

      • Linda W

        Hey it says to use the laundry bar or Castille Soap…can I use liquid Castille soap??

  • fish1552

    Rather than an immersion blender, what I would suggest is a 5-gallon bucket paint mixer. http://goo.gl/io6rVW Attach it to a drill and mix away. Less than $10 at the hardware stores and use it for everything.

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      Great idea! :)

      • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

        Yes, you certainly can! They’re natural ingredients, so there are no issues with that.

  • Rebecca ‘Leverich’ Groth

    Hi! I love this recipe and have used it several times! Cleans AMAZINGLY WELL!! I have one question…. can I use a different detergent, say Gain? I happened to have a coupon and got it for a great price. Thoughts?

  • Rebecca ‘Leverich’ Groth

    Hi! I LOVE this recipe and it works GREAT!! I’ve used it several times. One question….can I use Gain instead of Tide? I had a coupon and got Gain for a great price. Thoughts?

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      Yes, you sure can!

  • Diana

    I use my kitchen blender to mix it. It takes a extra time cuz loudly too gave to do it in small batches but it’s with it cuz I hate the gel clumps. Also if people are doing the for environmental purposes the Tide is counter-productive. But if people are doing it just to stretch their dollar, like me, this is a good idea. My kid hates my homemade detergent and have thought of doing this myself with Mt next batch

  • katie

    Whats the prettiest way to store this? my first thought was in like a Sweet Tea dispenser ( ya know, one of the glass ones with the pour spout on the bottom ) do you think that would work?

  • Melissa Mullins

    How do I get it thicker? Mine is sooo watery. I followed this recipe exactly. Any suggestions? Thanx! :)

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      You can allow it to sit longer if you haven’t already stirred it up. It should be somewhat watery though – sort of like the texture of egg noodle soup. We use an immersion blender on ours, and it blends the gloppy gel into the watery parts and makes it a smooth consistency. Also, the humidity this time of year can make a difference in the texture. However, no matter the texture of it – it will work the exact same!

  • Jill K

    I usually make this version but without the Tide. I decided to try it for extra stain removing power. The tide I bought it HE for my HE washer. However, we used a paint mixer attached on the end of a drill to mix and noticed it got very foamy. I let it sit overnight so the suds calmed down and when I transferred it to milk jugs today it’s suds right up again. I’m worried about using it in my HE washer. Has anyone else had this problem? I can’t figure out why its so sudsy and don’t want it to wreck my washer. Ideas?

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      It’s perfectly safe to use in your HE washer, it will not suds up while washing your clothes!

  • http://www.thewebsitemanagers.com/ Thea Woods

    OK, I’m going to first go with this recipe instead of your original. I love me some Tide! :) I can’t wait to do this. It’s sooooo much more cost effective! If all goes well, I’ll try it later with Gain which I love to use for my towels, sheets, etc.

    Question: is your original recipe better suited for sensitive skin? I’m thinking maybe I should still make a smaller batch of your original recipe for certain items (like tank tops, undergarments, etc.) which can irritate the skin when using certain detergents.

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  • Jasmine Payne

    I’m curious what did adding tide do?

  • Amber

    Just finished my first batch and WOW it smells so good, started my first load can’t wait to see the outcome. I did choose to wait 48 hrs, but at that point just mixed with my hands.

  • Amber

    Do you have a proven stain remover recipe?

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      I’m working on it!! :)

  • shellie

    Does adding tide or gain add to the scent

  • Shellie Nemes

    i make a $40 powder detergent that has NO scent and I’ve added pyrex crystals and essential oil and still no fresh clean scent, i LOVE the cost of this so much cheaper you’d think 5 gallons would last a year but only a few month when you have to use so much. well about 6-7 months – anyway does this have a scent from the tide or gain?

  • shirley

    i make this all the time i made other put i like this best. my daughter use it to shampoo her carpet . take out stains also