Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

If you Google: homemade liquid laundry detergent there are a whole lot of sites that pop up under that search and it can get real confusing real quick! Which recipe is the best at getting out those pesky two year old messes, and which one will be safe on that same little two year old's skin? It's always hard to tell. The best thing to do is to just try it out for yourself! I have been testing out one particular recipe by:


You can follow this recipe to a “T” or you can change it up a bit the way I did.  I wanted to add a little more cleaning power to my detergent so I added ½ a cup baking soda right after adding the borax and the washing soda. Here is the recipe that I really like best:

Items Needed:

All items with a (*) are items that should only be used for soap making projects. Once the item comes in contact with soap it will always have the soap residue on it and should never be used for food preparation.

A Pot* (Got mine at the local goodwill store for $2!)
5 Gallon Bucket with Lid*
Long Plastic Spoon*
Cheese Grater* (Gave me an excuse to buy a new one for the kitchen, ours was falling apart!)
Large Funnel* (Found mine in the automotive department at Wal-Mart)
Washing Soda
Baking Soda
Bar of Soap (I have used Zote and Fels Naptha but you can use any kind of soap, even Dial, Dove or Irish Spring)
Pink Zote Soap 14.1 oz

Dial Corp. 04303 Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap

Empty Storage Containers to hold Finished Product (I just recycled my old detergent containers to hold my homemade soap)


1.)  Heat six cups of water to a boil in the pot.

2.) Slow add grated soap bits to the boiling water. Let each addition melt thoroughly before adding more soap to the pot.

3.) Once the soap is completely melted remove from heat and add the following until dissolved:

                           a.) 1 CUP Borax
20 Mule Team Borax Natural Laundry Booster & Multi-Purpose Household Cleaner 76 oz (2.15 kg)

                   b.) 1 CUP Washing Soda
Arm & Hammer Super Wash Soda, Detergent Booster 55 oz (1559 g)
                     c.) ½ CUP Baking Soda
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (01170)

4.) Pour 1 gallon of HOT water into your bucket then add your soap mixture and stir well.

5.) Fill the rest of your bucket with regular tap water till it reaches the 5 gallon mark on your bucket. (If your bucket is 5 gallons to the top make sure and leave an inch or so room so that you can put your lid on without spilling the soap and making a big mess, don’t laugh at me!)

6.) Top your bucket with the lid and let it sit (out of curious children’s view) for 24 HOURS.

7.) After the mixture has set it will become gel-like, STIR and then add to your containers. Shake containers before using in the wash. (I use the lids from the old containers to measure out the amount of liquid detergent I need for each wash. The amount is about 1 CUP for large/dirty loads, ¾ CUP for medium loads and ½ CUP for small loads.)

EDIT 7-25-11

Can't find the products you need to make your own homemade liquid laundry detergent? Look no further!

Soaps Gone Buy has all the items you need to make your own detergent! They even have a kit all ready to go just for you, with pre-grated soap to save you time!

Also, I made a recipe card just for you to print out and maybe laminate and keep forever! 

Enjoy and happy detergent making!

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