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Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe

detergent recipe

I’ve been making my own laundry soap for about three years now and unlike the DIY dishwasher detergents I’ve tried I can’t recognize any difference between my own homemade laundry detergent and the store bought detergent. I much prefer homemade laundry detergent for a number of reasons, not only the cost savings, which is a huge reason too. As a kid I had irritants of all kinds and many commercial laundry detergents and fabric softeners made me break out in rashes. Since we started using homemade laundry detergent we don’t even need fabric softener anymore and never have any trouble with static cling in our clothes, or allergies.

Here is my favorite liquid laundry detergent recipe –

Total time  – 1 hour – 1 hour 15 min
Hands on time – 25 minutes

4 gallons water
3 cups loosely packed grated soap (use any brand you want)
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
¼ cup baking soda
Essential Oils *optional

You will need

Large pot (at least one gallon)
Extra large pot (at least  4 gallon) or 5 gallon bucket

Grate your soap, I grate one bar of soap and always have some leftover that I save for my next batch.

Grated Soap

Add 3 cups grated soap to a half gallon of water in large pot and heat until soap is dissolved.

Soap Mixture

Once your soap mixture is dissolved and before it starts to boil add your borax, washing soda, baking soda and essential oils, if using. Continue to heat until borax, washing soda and baking soda are dissolved. Add half gallon of water and heat until boiling.

Soap mixture

Immediately remove from heat and add soap mixture to three gallons of water.

Pot full of detergent

Allow mixture to cool to room temperature, and store. I funneled ours into saved old laundry soap containers, but if you mix yours in a 5 gallon bucket you can store it in there as well. Use ½ cup per load.

Stored Detergent