How to Make Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent

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Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent


Four years ago I realized that I could save my family over $300 per year by giving homemade laundry detergent a try. It was a big hit. Now we make a 10-gallon batch every 3-4 months.  You can see that my helpers think making homemade laundry detergent is fun too. 😉

Cost Savings:

Annually making homemade laundry detergent costs me around $10. I usually buy the items I need at Wal-mart. If you can’t find what you need at Wal-mart the product links are below for ordering on Amazon.

 Homemade Laundry Detergent

My children love to help me make homemade laundry detergent. My older sons help grate the soap and stir the hot water on the stove. My younger children like to help stir the mixture once it’s in the bucket. However, the mixture is extremely hot. Use your best judgement if you choose to have your children help you make this recipe.

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Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent::Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons
I have saved my family well over $1,000 by making homemade laundry detergent for the last 4 years. Here is my tried and true recipe for your money saving and clean laundry pleasure.
  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Super Washing Soda
  • 1 Bar Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap
  • {or your favorite soap...Ivory, Zote, etc}
  1. - Grate a bar of soap onto a plate with a cheese grater. Then add all the shavings to pot of water on the stove. Stir continually over medium heat until your soap fully dissolves.
  2. - Next, fill a 5 gallon bucket ½ full of hot water from the sink. Then add in your melted soap from the pot on the stove, plus Borax, and washing soda.
  3. Stir well until all powder is dissolved {My kids love to help me stir. Use extreme caution though b/c it's boiling hot!}
  4. Fill the remaining space in the bucket to top with additional hot water from the sink. Stir all the ingredients in the bucket well.
  5. Fill an empty laundry jug ½ full with the result of this concentrated recipe. Next, fill the remaining space in your laundry jug with water. This recipe will gel. Shake before each use. (will gel)
  6. -Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.


Does this recipe REALLY get your clothes clean?

I’ll answer that by a quick look at our daily life. My husband has one of those “dirty jobs” that leaves his clothing filthy. Our home is in the country with a huge pond, tire swings, and zip line. Our kids play hard. Did I mention that we have six children?  4 of whom are boys who are all boy. Then we have a daughter who makes mud pies – daily. And we also have a newborn and all the sweet stains that come from that stage of life.  Oh, and three of our children are ages three and under. I say all that to answer emphatically YES this recipe gets our clothing clean.


Twenty Mule Team Natural Laundry Booster & Multi-Purpose Cleaner-76 oz.

Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap



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  1. Jenny says

    I wonder what the difference between this liquid detergent is compared to similar powdered detergents? Is it just ease of use or do you think one cleans better?

    • says

      Jenny, I’ve only made the liquid at this point. We’ve used this one for several years. I’m not sure how it compares to similar powdered detergents. My husband does a lot of dirty manual labor and his uniforms always come out clean. Maybe someone else will chime in and let us know how they compare.

  2. says

    I just made my second batch of this laundry detergent and I love using it!!!! I use the Zote soap as we love the smell of it. Our clothes are clean and fresh and I am saving so much money!!! :)

  3. Christina Butler says

    I have been using both dry and liquid interchangeable for the past four years and find they work equally well. One tip I would add is to microwave your soap instead of grating. Simply place the bar in the microwave and microwave 1 minute at a time until the soap is puffy and fully expanded. Then allow the soap to cool and it wil crumble with your fingers. Soooo much easier!

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