Making Homemade Laundry Detergent


A couple of friends of mine make their own laundry detergent to save money and they swear by the I wanted to share a couple of recipes with you. It's very simple to make and costs a fraction of store bought detergent. Enjoy!

Liquid laundry detergent:

1 quart Water (boiling)
2 cups Bar soap (grated)
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda

-Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until soap is melted.
-Pour the soap water into a large, clean pail and add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir well until all is dissolved.
-Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.
-Cover pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Stir the soap each time you use it

Tips (Thanks for these):

*For the bar soaps required in the recipes, you could try Fels-Naptha, Ivory soap, Sunlight bar soap, Kirk’s Hardwater Castile, and Zote. Don’t use heavily perfumed soaps.

*Washing Soda and Borax can normally be found in the laundry and cleaning aisles.

*Some people with really hard water or well water may have to adjust the recipes if the clothes look dingy.

*Although several of the recipes have the same ingredients, the measurements are different–some contain a higher soap to water ratio. Test and see which works best for your laundry needs.

*You can make huge pails of this at once, or smaller quantities. Also if you can get your hands on a few empty liquid laundry detergent bottles they work great for storing the detergent. Just make a big batch and pour in bottles, cap then use as needed–shake before use.

*Some of the recipes call for large amounts of water. Check with a local restaurant to see if they have any empty large pails from deep fryer oil–that’s how many restaurants buy the oil. See if you can have one or two of the pails after they’ve emptied it–just wash them out really well before using. They’re big, heavy plastic and very sturdy when stirring the soap

Powdered laundry detergent:

2 cups Fels Naptha Soap (finely grated – you could also try the other bar soaps listed at the top)
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Borax

-Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container.
-Use 2 tablespoons per full load.

Thanks Tipnut for these recipes!

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  1. Thanks for the recipe on homemade laundry detergent. Does anyone know if these recipes work in the machines that require high efficiency (HE) detergents?


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