Homemade detergent

So, we’ve been making our own laundry detergent for over a year and a half. I absolutely love it. The only downside I notice is that every once in a while, I still like to run my whites with some bleach to help get out and tough-to-fight stains. (Also, I’m still mentally combating the idea that I can make something that works just as well – or better – than “regular” store-bought detergent. Every once in a while I still use a store-brand detergent for all my loads. I certainly don’t think it’s necessary, it’s just a mental battle!) Overall, it’s a great money saving strategy to use.

Here’s the recipe we use for anyone who might be willing to take on the adventure.

What you need:

  • 4  cups hot tap water
  • 1  Fels-Naptha soap bar
  • 1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
  • ½ cup Borax

What you do:

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

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)

*Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda” – baking soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It must be sodium carbonate!

Let me know if you use a different recipe or if you find anything else in particular that is extra helpful in this process!

Big thanks to the Duggar Family for the recipe.


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