Posted by: purityseekers | January 30, 2011

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Making homemade laundry detergent is really easy and much cheaper than commercial detergents!

Without lots of harmful chemicals, homemade laundry detergents are healthier too!

There are many frugal recipes out there for making your own detergents! It’s fun to try different recipes to find the right one for you!

This first recipe is my favorite in liquid form!

My Favorite Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe

Introducing the 3 main ingredients…


This is what you’ll need to make 5 gallons of detergent.

25 quart bucket or larger (you are making 20 quarts so this will give you some extra room!)
1.5 cups Borax
1.5 cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT baking soda!)
1 bar Fels Naptha soap, grated

You will also need 2 pots for heating water!

Ready to start your homemade laundry detergent??

You are going to start by putting 6 quarts of water on the stove to boil. (Start this now because you will want it boiling after you are done the next step.)

Grate your bar of soap, either by hand or in a food processor.

In another large pot, heat 3 quarts of water and the grated soap. WATCH CAREFULLY! Once it starts to boil, it can quickly boil over!

Once the soap is melted, add the Borax and Washing Soda and stir it all together. Continue heating until nice and thick. I just stand there and stir it until it DOES start to boil and rise up the pan! I take it off the heat and then proceed with the next step.

Add 3 more quarts of hot tap water to the 25 quart bucket. (yes… LOTS of water!! But don’t worry, it will all fit into your bucket!)

Pour the soap mixture into the bucket and then once the 6 quarts of water is boiling, add that to the bucket.

Top it off with 4 quarts and 2 cups of hot tap water and stir the whole mixture well.

Viola! Homemade laundry detergent!

You can leave it as is, or add other extras like 15-20 drops of essential oils for scent, a couple drops of tea tree oil, fragrance oils, etc.

I use about 1/4 cup for my HE washer but if I’m filling the washer (I can trick mine into a regular washing machine if I want more water for soaking) I use about 1 cup of detergent.

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