Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

“Got this recipe off a do it yourself site. It really works and is much cheaper than buying detergent at the store. Add a small amount of essential oil to give it a good smell!”
1 gallon

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 pints water
  • 13 bar fels naptha bath soap, grated (Ivory Soap, Deodorant Soap, and Beauty Bars can be substituted for the Fels Naptha Soap.)
  • 12 cup washing soda
  • 12 cup borax laundry detergent
  • 1 quart hot water
  • hot water


  1. Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints of water, and heat on low until dissolved.
  2. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax.
  3. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat.
  4. Add 1 Quart Hot Water to 2 Gallon Bucket.
  5. Add soap mixture, and mix well.
  6. Fill bucket with hot water, and mix well.
  7. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens.
  8. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load.
  9. Essential Oils can be added to soap for fragrance*Washing Soda can be found on the laundry detergent aisle of your supermarket.
  10. It comes in a yellow box.
  11. Baking soda SHOULD NOT be used in place of washing soda.
  12. They are completely different products.

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