Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

Me: “I want to learn how to make laundry detergent!” 

Co-workers: “We want to learn how to make cakepops!”

Me & Co-workers (in unison): “Let’s have a cakepop and laundry detergent making party!”

That is how I spent my Saturday, making cakepops and laundry detergent.  I taught my co-workers how to make cakepops and in exchange they taught me how to make laundry detergent….FAIR TRADE!

Surprisingly, laundry detergent is much easier than I thought it would be to make. 

You are probably wondering why I would want to make my own laundry detergent, well because it’s cheap!  Since I am on a “save on want you can” kick, making laundry detergent seemed logical.  I’ve already learned how to “creatively coupon”.  I got 10 bottles of BBQ sauce (among other things) for FREE, what I’m going to do with all of it I don’t know.  So, I figured the next step would be to save money on things I would typically buy from a “bulk” store.  Now, if only I can make toilet paper.


Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent


4 cups hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ cup Borax
5 gallon bucket with a lid


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)

*Arm & Hammer "Super Washing Soda" - in some stores or may be purchased online here (at Meijer.com). Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent - It must be sodium carbonate!!

We used a drill with a paint mixer attachment to stir the soap, but a whisk will work if you don’t mind getting your hands a bit soapy.


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