Homemade Laundry Detergent!

It was been a year since I made a 5 gallon bucket of homemade Laundry detergent!  The 5 gallons actually make 10 gallons when you divide it out as you use it.

I LOVE this recipe.  I, myself, do not add any scents, I prefer it like it is.

Here is the recipe ....


The recipe I used was The Duggar's recipe site

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value
4 Cups - hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar or Ivory barsoap
1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
½ Cup Borax

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

-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.
-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.
-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)

Here is another version using powder form...

Powdered Laundry Detergent - Top load machine

1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
½ Cup Borax
-Grate soap or break into pieces and process in a food processor until powdered. Mix all ingredients. For light load, use 1 Tablespoon.
For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 Tablespoons. Yields: 3 Cups detergent.
(Approx. 40 loads)


  1. Been using this for over over a year & love it !

  2. I,ve been using a cup so now do i fill your container haf full of the soap and rest with water and only add 5/8th cup now?let me know i need to refill prontpo.

  3. i use a old laundry detergent bottle. I fill 1/2 with detergent and 1/2 with water. I store the rest in a 5 gallon bucket :)