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How to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent August 5, 2011

Posted by frizzybaker in Recipes, Uncategorized.

Kevin and I live on a very tight budget so I am always searching for ways to pinch a penny. I got this idea from a girl in my bible study who uses homemade detergent to wash her re-useable baby diapers. I noticed that the diapers were white, clean, and smelling fresh! Making your own laundry detergent is extremely cost-effective.

How to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap ingredients
(Front or top load machine)

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

– a 5 gallon bucket $3.99
– 4 Cups  hot tap water $0
– 1 Fels-Naptha soap bar $0.99
– 1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda* $2.29
– ½ Cup Borax $3.99

optional: essential oil $8.59

*Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda” – in some stores. Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It must be sodium carbonate!!

 Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

At the time, one of Kevin’s friends was visiting and made a guest appearance! Hey Danny!

The soap will be look like grated cheese; It will be chunky at first but keep stirring and let it melt!

2. Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

The detergent will be thick and chunky. Once it sits over night it will be gelatinous. Make sure you stir/shake before use.

Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.



I used lavender essential oil. This is a bit pricey for such a small bottle but the scent was worth it to me and it will last a long time.

As mentioned above, you can use 5/8th cup per load but let’s round this to 1 cup for practical purposes.

This recipes yields 5 gallons making 80 cups of detergent. I figured that we do approx 5 loads of laundry a week for a top loading washing machine, so 5 cups a week. I will get approx 16 weeks out of this recipe.  So for a grand total of $19.85 I will NOT have to buy more detergent for 4 months!

Versus the name brand tide that yields 27 cups/6 weeks for $12


And that, is money saved. $CHA-CHING! $



1. Gigi - August 7, 2011

Did you notice that Tide HE is actually for front loading machines that are highly efficient, meaning you only use about 1/4 cup per load?Also Tide is made by Procter and Gamble so don’t tell Kevin’s dad!

frizzybaker - August 7, 2011

i’m about to put them outta buisness!

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