Sunday, October 07, 2012

Liquid Laundry Detergent

I think I have finally found a recipe for laundry detergent that I really like! I liked the powder detergent but I am really loving the liquid version. I gave some to my family members to try and they really like it too.  I have seen a lot of these recipes and they are all pretty similar. I used a combination of The Duggar's Family, and one from my March 2012, Country Sampler Magazine.  The basic recipe is the same, it's how you get to the finished product that I really wanted to simplify. So hopefully this works for you and you love it too!

Here's what you need:
  • a 5 gallon bucket (you can pick them up at lots of places either free or cheap)
  • 1 bar of Fels Naptha 
  • 1 c Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
  • 1 c Borax
  • Very Hot Water
I made this batch in my 5 gallon bucket from start to finish. I grated the bar of soap and then heated up about 2 quarts of boiling water and carefully poured into my bucket with the grated soap and stirred until it dissolved. Then fill the bucket about half full of water (doesn't have to be boiling, just warm). Stir in 1 cup Washing Soda and 1 c Borax. Stir well until all the powder is dissolved. Then add enough water to fill up the bucket. You will need to stir with a long handled spoon or..if you have a drill with a mixer attachment, that works too.  Stir, cover and let sit overnight.  It will gel overnight, then you can either leave it in the bucket or pour it into smaller containers. I used 1/2 gallon and quart jars to store it and then pour into another container and add water and shake well.  You can also add essential oils when it has cooled if you want.  The Duggar recipe says this makes 10 gallons, when you fill an old laundry dispenser half full with soap then fill the rest with water, shake before each use. I don't dilute mine that much, but you might have to try a couple different mixtures and see what works for you.  They recommend using 5/8 c per load for top loader(180 loads) and 1/4 c. for front loader. (640 loads) I just fill mine to the line for a normal load, in my front loader. This is safe for HE machines I have actually had to clean it less since I started making my own laundry detergent, and I always use vinegar in the rinse cycle. See Cleaning your Front Loader.   As always, please leave your questions and/or comments, we love reading them!

~Simply Angie


  1. Anonymous10/08/2012

    Your laundry detergent looks like your pear sauce lol

  2. That would be a whole lot of pear sauce since mine are 1/2 gallon and quart size jars! lol

  3. Haha!! It sure does but don't eat the laundry detergent! Apparently we just like this color!
    Have a great day jokesters!

  4. Anonymous9/07/2013

    To go along with the laundry soap I have a recipe for fabric softener that does not have a wax base and will not clog up your dryer lint screen. 2 cups of cheap hair conditioner, 2 cups of white vinegar and 6 cups of hot water, mix it all up and let stand for a day. I use about half a cup in my washer when doing a full size load.

    1. Wow! Thanks for the recipe! I'm going to try it!

  5. Anonymous10/12/2013

    This will be my third time making this recipe. Just love it. Works great on baby clothes. Will try fabric softener soon. Thank you.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. We agree this is the best! We haven't tried the fabric softener so let us know what you try and if you like it!

  6. Anonymous7/09/2015

    We started using this recipe 2 years ago and still love it!! Recently shared with my MIL who is a clean freak and it passed her test!