Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe

19 Jan

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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.

Ingredients:
4  Cups – hot tap water
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)
-You will also need a 5 gallon bucket, preferably with a lid-

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. 

Add melted soap to bucket.
 Fill the bucket the rest of the way full with more hot tap water. Stir and cover overnight to allow thickening. In the morning, stir again. It turned out pretty thick but it wasn’t hard to stir.
Fill empty containers half full with laundry soap, this fill the rest of the way with hot tap water. Shake well before each use. I used any empty container from an old Whey Protien jug to a Sunny D jug.
 

-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.

Q&A

ScrappyRae10 says:

Have you tried this??? Does it really work well?? Is it worth making so much??

 

Mandy Coffey says:

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! 🙂





UPDATE 3/5/12
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!

19 Responses to “Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe”

  1. ScrappyRae10 January 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Have you tried this??? Does it really work well?? Is it worth making so much??

  2. Mandy Coffey January 28, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    Absolutely I’ve tried this! These are my personal pictures of the process. It does work really well, although with tough 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! 🙂

  3. Morgan January 30, 2012 at 1:38 am #

    I use this same recipe, but I leave it in the 5 gallon bucket and only fill one container (1/2 full + water). Then when that is empty it’s back to the bucket with the same container to fill it 1/2 full and add water. That way you don’t actually have 10 gallons in your house at one time!

  4. Deana January 30, 2012 at 4:17 am #

    Thanks for Linking up @CountryMommaCooks…great tips….Have a wonderful week!

  5. LaVonne @ Long Wait February 1, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    Love the picture tutorial – makes it so much easier. Thanks for sharing. I need to start making my own laundry detergent for sure.

    I am visiting today from WFMW and glad I did! Enjoy the rest of your week!

  6. Stephanie February 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    I made this laundry soap last summer and I love it! I have a family of three also, and my laundry I still have about 3/4 of the soap left!

  7. Maria Matter February 3, 2012 at 2:56 am #

    Thanks for sharing this Mandy!
    I’ll be featuring you this week @ Inspire Me Fridays!

  8. Bobbie S February 4, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    Thanks for linking up to check me out saturday! I also pinned this. I think I am going to give it a try except I am trying to decide between this and a powder formula….
    http://iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

  9. Alison @ Oopsey Daisy February 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    How frugal! Great idea to make it yourself–thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  10. Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com February 6, 2012 at 4:57 am #

    Thanks for linking up! I’m your newest follower!! Just checking, did you see my Lisa Leonard giveaway yet?

    XO, Aimee

  11. Melanie @ bear rabbit bear February 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    Thanks for sharing these laundry tips!!

  12. Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor March 12, 2012 at 4:08 am #

    That is awesome! I have never thought about making my own detergent. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at Thursday’s Temptation.
    Jill

  13. Becolorful March 18, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Great post and I loved that you had the Q and A. Thanks for sharing on BeColorful
    pam

  14. Suzanne July 21, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    I LOVE this soap! The five gallon bucket lasts us six months. I do use a stain treater, and I found a paint mixing attachment attached to a drill works great for mixing it after it has sat that first night. I mix ours in two old laundry soap containers and I re-marked the lids with a Sharpie at 5/8. Can’t wait to check out your other great cleaning stuff!

  15. Mary September 19, 2013 at 3:53 am #

    I made this recipe and my detergent didn’t thicken over night? What did I do wrong? Help please. I don’t want to keep making it over and over. That defeats the purpose of saving money.

    • Mandy September 22, 2013 at 11:58 am #

      To be honest Mary, I’m not sure why it didn’t thicken. I’ve never had that issue at all. I’m sorry it failed for you :/ This is the first I’ve even heard this issue so the next batch I make I’ll see if I can see how it could happen.

    • Donna Tholen March 17, 2014 at 8:07 am #

      Be very careful. When I made this it plugged up my septic system. Stop using and septic is back to normal. Maybe if u are on a city sewer system it would be ok. My husband would kill me if I used it again. Very messy and quite costly. Just beware.

      • Mandy March 17, 2014 at 8:37 am #

        YIKES!!!! Thank you for letting me know Donna! I will be sure to put that warning in the post. We are on city sewer so I wouldn’t have known had you not written to me.

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