Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent


     Here is a great liquid laundry detergent recipe that I chose to use.  After realizing how much laundry I have to do, including cloth diapers, I quickly was inspired~ha ha ha:)~by the Duggar's, mothers, and bloggers out there who have made this recipe. 
     I found the Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda and Borax at my local grocery store.  I ordered my Fels-Naptha Bar on Amazon since they had the best price at the time. 
     I used tree tree oil in my laundry soap, as this is a good anti bacterial oil. 
     May it serve you well!

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap~Front or Top Load

Yield:  10 gallons
Top load machine:  5/8 cup/load (180 loads)
Front load machine:  1/4 cup/load (640 loads)

4 cups hot tap water ( for use in melting soap in medium saucepan)
1 Fels-Naptha bar
1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda  (Baking soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent.)
1/2 cup Borax
Cheese grater
5 gallon bucket with lid
Stirring stick
~optional:  essential oil such as lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil

Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with 4 cups of water.  Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water.  Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax.  Stir well until all powder is dissolved.  Fill bucket to top with more hot water.  Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water.  Shake before each use.  (It will gel.)

This is optional, but you can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons.  Add once soap has cooled. 

Clumping and geling of the detergent is normal.  Stir before putting in dispenser, and shake before each use. 

Low sudsing.  (It's not the suds that cleans the clothing but the soap itself.)


  1. Don't you love making your own detergent? It makes doing laundry funner. :) Great recipe and wonderful, helpful tips!

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