Last year, I posted a recipe for DIY Laundry Detergent I found on The Duggar’s website. As you may recall me stating in the past, I use this blog as a way to keep track of things I someday would like to try. I’m proud to announce that I finally got around to making homemade liquid laundry detergent! And I’ve taken pictures to show you, because when I read the recipe online I was a bit confused and definitely was not sure what to expect. I’ll spare you the lost confusion by walking you through it 🙂
Just for a heads up, I highly recommend cutting this recipe in half if you have a small family and don’t do laundry very often. We are a humble family of 3 and I’ve now got laundry soap coming out my ears. This recipe makes 10 gallons. Have empty cartons on hand for easy storing. As a tip- I do not recommend old milk cartons, they are not sturdy enough and over time will spring leaks. Also, they make shaking the detergent before each use really difficult.
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar (found in the laundry aisle, it’s a small block of soap. Mine was at Walmart for 97 cents!)
1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT BAKING SODA. Found in the laundry aisle, mine was at walmart for $3.64 for a giant box even though you only need 1 cup)
½ Cup Borax (Once again, Laundry Aisle. Walmart had it for $3.24- and again in a giant box even though you only need 1/2 a cup)
It’s okay if you have to buy the bigger boxes of it (select stores sell smaller boxes), because these ingredients can be used for other things around the house, which I will show you next week.
You start by grating the Fels Naptha soap bar. Grate your heart out folks, it’s a solid piece of soap!
Add your grated soap to the 4 cups hot tap water in a medium saucepan over medium heat (not too hot, you do not want to burn the soap)
Stir continually until melted. Trust me, it takes a loooooong time. It helps if you have a second person on hand (I had my husband) so you can get started on the next step while this is still happening.
Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water.
Measure out your powder ingredients and mix well in bucket of hot water.
Stir until powder is dissolved.
-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)
This recipe is said to be HE safe because it does not make suds, and it is also hypoallergenic. The only down side is that it does not have a fragrance. To me, this does not matter, but if you need something to smell when you pull it over your head you can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled.
Absolutely I’ve tried this! These are my personal pictures of the process. It does work really well, although with tough old stains I still need a stain booster. I didn’t think making 10 gallons at a time was worth it for our small family of 3 but it has been about 10 days now and I’ve gone through 2 liters so I guess I do more laundry than I thought! 🙂
I felt I should update this post with feedback now that it has been 2 months since I began using it. While this recipe does clean our clothes VERY well, I still have to use stain booster for dried on food stains. This recipe is in no way a miracle worker, but it is definitely worth saving money with!