Ma's Liquid Laundry Soap

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“I came up with this recipe when my boys were just being…boys. Their clothing was not getting clean with the standard Fels soap recipe. I found myself adding more of this and that and so I just designed this recipe. I make no claims except that it works for my messy, grass stained, paint slathered, dirt ground in boys clothes.”
24hrs 20mins
2 gallons

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 23 bar fels naptha laundry detergent, grated
  • 23 bar kirks castile soap bar, grated
  • 2 cups washing soda
  • 2 cups borax
  • 14 cup glycerin
  • 2 gallons hot water
  • 20 -30 drops essential oils, suggested Rosemary, Lavendar, Tea Tree


  1. Place 1 quart of water into a medium pot over medium heat. Add the Fels and Kirks and stir until melted.
  2. Add the Soda and Borax and mix until the mixture thickens.
  3. Place one 1/2 gallon of Hot water into a three or four gallon bucket and then pour into it the soap mixture and stir well.
  4. Add the glycerin and essential oils to the mixture and fill to the two gallon mark on your bucket or simply add another 5 quarts of hot water.
  5. The glycerin acts as a stain remover and the essential oils suggested have antibacterial and/or antifungal properties.
  6. Set in a safe place to cool for 24 hours.
  7. Stir and use 1/2 cup to 1 cup per wash load depending on size and level of soiling.
  8. You can also use this directly on stains as a pretreatment.

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