How To Make Laundry Detergent

I’ve been wanting to make my own laundry detergent for some time now, just wasn’t sure where to start.  Then awhile back, LaFountain Farms posted on facebook that she had made laundry detergent, and she shared her recipe.  To make it even better, it is a liquid detergent rather then powder, and for some unknown reason that is what I prefer.  So guess what?  I made laundry detergent today, and I can tell you that it was much easier then I thought.

How To Make Laundry Detergent:

1 Cup Borax

1 Cup Super Washing Soda

1 Bar Fels Naptha Soap (all was found together in the laundry aisle at the grocery store).

Ingredients for Laundry Detergent


Fill a 5 gallon bucket with hot water, take out a pitcher of water and put in large pot and boil. Grate the bar of soap and slowly add to boiling water, slowly and stirring the whole time, it will suds up if you go to fast. Boil that soap until it is all melted. While that is boiling, add the two powders to the bucket and stir.

Boil water and melt soap

When soap is melted, add to bucket and stir good. Put the lid on and let sit overnight, it will gel up by morning. Then give it another good stir. Makes 5 gallons of concentrated soap, so then you can put this in an old soap bottle or milk jug and mix half and half with water. Shake it real good when you use it, as it will gel up again.

Jugs of concentrated laundry detergent

You can add smelly oils if you like, but I like it the way it is.


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5 Responses to How To Make Laundry Detergent

  1. Jennifer says:

    Can homemade laundry soap be used in HE washers?

    • Charlotte says:

      Hi Jennifer, I found another blogger that had used this same recipe. Someone asked the same question about an HE washer and the answer was yes. Here is the link.
      Good luck!

  2. Hanna says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  3. JM says:

    Borax-I was told this is a problem for the water treatment folks. It’s a toxin they have to remove-like phosphates. Is your discharge water going for grey water?

    I have made the receipe with just the soap and washing soda and it worked fine-However, I just grated the soap and mixed the powder with it.

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