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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 1/2 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.