How to make Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent – DIY for pennies a load Part I


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Making Liquid Laundry Detergent at Home

Starting a new year means we have an opportunity to start our savings plan all over again.

I like you sometimes struggle, because life gets a little busier and less easy to manage.  This makes it hard to be able to nab all the deals I need. That being said the topic last night was how can we save more money?  A lot of the fans showed interest in DIY laundry soap.

I had researched this in the past and found a recipe that seems to work for a very frugally minded family, the Duggars.  I found this on the Duggar’s website and I’m sharing with you now.  I will attempt to make this myself tomorrow and will post a follow up with pictures of my success or failure.  I will tell you right now that I easily found all the ingredients at my local Walmart and I am adding a bar of the pink  ZOTE bar for an added kick which I have bought at the 99 cent store.   My husband has donated his trusty bucket (he doesn’t know it yet) and I have lavender essential oil already so I am adding that for fragrance, maybe.   This is new territory for me and I invite you to join me and post any suggestions you may have.

Here is the Duggar’s recipe for DIY Liquid Laundry soap:

4  Cups – hot tap water

1  Fels-Naptha soap bar

1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

½ Cup Borax

– Grate the bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup (5 ounces) per load (Approx. 180 loads)

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

Thank you to the Duggars for sharing this useful information.

I will post pictures tomorrow as this is my task for Tuesday!

~ Princess T


See How to make Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent – DIY for pennies a load Part II


  1. I’ve heard of this before. My wife wanted to make her own laundry soap. I convinced her not to. I was always really skeptical on how well it works. I am interested in hearing how well it cleans the clothes. I will check back tomorrow.

  2. Mary Jo gray says:

    Is it for he washers?

    • Yes, I do not have an HE washer but I have found many that say you can use for HE you just need to reduce the amount to 1/4 Cup per load—Princess T


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