Friday, March 16, 2012

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent (.01 a Load)

I didn't use a 5-gallon bucket, so measured out the correct
 amount of water to equal 5 gallons.  Also, I thought to take the
picture after I used the Fels-Naptha soap bar.  FYI- There is
enough Washing Soda and Borax to make at lot more laundry
detergent!  All I need is another Fels-Naptha Bar for less than $1.

I just came across a recipe for Homemade Laundry Detergent via the Duggar Family Website ( and it was super easy to make and comes out to be about .01 a load!  I have told a couple people about this and they have all been excited to get the recipe.  What a great savings!  This recipe produces enough laundry soap for 640 loads for front load washers.  That is more than enough for our family for a year.  Took me about 15 minutes to make.

4  Cups - hot tap water
1  Fels-Naptha soap bar

1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (baking soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent - it must be sodium carbonate)½ Cup Borax

- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with 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. (will gel)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)


  1. I had to check this out. While I appreciate the savings and awesome value of this. I have 4 hockey players to de-stinkify. I need spent uranium to clean their stuff.

  2. How does it work on stains, etc., Gabe?

  3. How is this working for you, Gabrielle? I think I'd really like to try this! Where can you find the Fels-Naptha soap; I'm not familiar with it.

    Thanks for sharing!

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