Homemade Laundry Detergent

I know what you're thinking...how can anyone be so excited about homemade laundry detergent? Its easy. You see, its cheap to make, about $4 for 640 loads worth, its easy to make and it seems to work. A win on all counts, don't ya think? Because I knew you would be just as excited as I am, I thought I would share the easy-peasy recipe along with pictures from my detergent-making process.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap 
for front or top load machine

4  cups of hot tap water
1  Fels-Naptha soap bar
1  cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (must be sodium carbonate, not baking soda or detergent)
½  cup of Borax

  1. Grate bar of soap* and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.                                    *Watch out for your knuckles when  grating the soap. I accidentally added a little blood to my recipe.   
  2. 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.
  3. Stir (it will be all gelled) and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser (or really any dispenser)  half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use (will gel in between uses).
  4. Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil...I did not do this.
How to use:
Top Load Machine - 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
Front Load Machine - ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

About the ingredients:
You can buy them all online, but it is kind of pricey that way. I was able to find the Borax at Target, the Fels-Naptha at a local grocery store and the washing soda at ACE Hardware...though I did notice ACE carries the Fels-Naptha as well, so maybe check them out first for ingredients.

You are impressed, aren't you?


  1. I can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing.

  2. yeah, I totally make my own detergent too! I have for two years now... however, I recently switched from liquid detergent to powder, and I feel like it gets my clothes cleaner. Here is the recipe I use for powdered:


  3. I don't know can you buy them in States but in UK i use ecological washing balls, that cost around £10, which last for 120 washes

    Here they are:


    They are amazing and eco-healthy :)

  4. I'm SOOOOO impressed! You go girl!!

  5. IMPRESSED! Just called my husband...we're washing this way for now on! I love ways to live simpler...meaning less of a reason to live to work!


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