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DIY: Liquid Laundry Detergent – That Works!!

Two years ago my New Year’s Resolution was to make the cleaning products in my home as natural as possible and homemade (Because I am ALL ABOUT SAVING MONEY).  Laundry detergent is a MUST and I was paying ~ $12 each month for the 7th Generation brand.  I am spending ~$4 now for a 5 gallon bucket full of laundry detergent that lasts me 2-3 months, depending on the time of the year ( Remember that I am doing laundry for 3 boys and 1 farm Momma :), lots and lots of laundry!).

I’ve been making this for 2 years now and have made adjustments and feel very confident in this recipe. Our clothes are clean and smell good. Give yourself time to adjust to not smelling the “Mountain Breeze” or “Lavender Fields” or whatever the heck they call all the stuff they put in Laundry Detergent these days.

Here We Go!!

Ingredients. Simple. Right?


1 Bar Fels Naptha Soap grated  ( I have an old Ninja chopper that I save just for chopping this up, I used a Large box grater for the first year and a half but it is very hard on my wrists and time consuming.)

1 1/2 cup washing soda or baking soda ( the original recipe called for washing soda but I’ve found no difference in just using my bulk baking soda.)

1 cup Borax

5 gallon bucket with lid.

30 + drops rosemary essential oil or other of choice

Plenty of water 🙂

Directions :

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Reduce to simmer and add grated bar of soap.  Stir mixture until soap is dissolved.
  3. Add 3 gallons of hot water from the tap to 5 gallon bucket. Add Borax and washing or baking soda and stir until dissovled
  4. Add 4 cups of water/soap mix to the bucket and stir well.
  5. Add essential oil of choice ( I love rosemary for laundry!) and enough water to fill bucket without overfilling.
  6. Put lid on the bucket and let it cool. I stir it about every hour until I go to bed. It will create some chunky pieces of soap in mix but it has never been a problem for the washing machine 🙂


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