My Detergent ROCKS!!!!!

For a long time I considered making my own laundry detergent.  Then I had the thought that those people were weird.  You know…weird like…people that cloth diaper, treehuggers, Al Gore…you catch my drift.

Well, one day I got inspired and thought I would give it a whirl!  How hard could it be, right?  Worse case scenario, I just throw it out and go back to my old stand by detergent. 

I saw the Duggar family make it on their show and I thought it looked pretty simple so I headed out to my local ACE Hardware and purchased all of our soap making needs:

UPDATE: recently I have found a bar of soap that I love even more than the Fels Naptha listed below.  It is from Goat Milk Stuff and it is a bar of soap that they created specifically for homemade laundry detergent.  Their website is down right now but should be up soon, they are working on it!  Check back with them!  Here they are on Facebook!

4 Cups – hot tap water

1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (not baking soda)
½ Cup Borax

Then I assembled all the extras I needed:

a five gallon bucket with lid

spoon, dedicated to just my laundry detergent…who wants food that tastes like soap!


empty laundry detergent containers (I fill up two at a time)

plastic cup, again, this stays with my detergent and doesn’t go back into the cup rotation!

cheese grater

  1. Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
  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.
  3. 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)
  4. 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)

How easy is that!  For pennies a load, you can’t beat it!  I even use it for my little ones, even my newborn!  Works great and no irritation problems!

Thanks to the Duggars for their recipe!

For other great laundry ideas and recipes, check out Mama’s Laundry Talk.

Until next time,

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