DIY (liquid) laundry detergent


As I am sipping on some nice, hot coffee, I thought I would write another post. Ahhh, time goes by soo fast! :: le sigh :: πŸ˜‰

This is *pretty* much like the powdered recipe, however, there are a few differences that I thought I’d share :). One batch of the liquid laundry soap is 3 gallons, costing only $9.00 total (for 18 gallons). I’ll let you do the math on that one!

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~ 1 cup borax

~ 1/2 cup oxi clean

~ 1/2 cup washing soda

~ 1 barΒ  grated Fels Naptha (just grate it on the finest side of your cheese grater)

~ 3 gallons of water

~ (a 5 gallon bucket (not shown yet :)))

the plan:

1) Boil 4 cups of water, turn down the heat, and add the grated Fels Naptha, a little at a time. Stir until it’s totally dissolved.



2) Now you are ready to pour it into the bucket!


{I marked *exactly* where 3 gallons was on my bucket}

First add some hot water from the faucet into the bucket. Then pour the mixture, as shown …


Add all the rest of the dry ingredients, and mix …


And then just fill ‘er up with 3 gallons of water …



3) Let this sit overnight, with a lid over it. The next morning, mix it up with your hands. It’ll look something a bit like this …


Or if this was all too confusing for you, check out this video, which explains all.

And voila! Liquid laundry soap πŸ™‚

(p.s. that laundry softener is coming soon. I promise.)

5 thoughts on “DIY (liquid) laundry detergent

  1. High five for DIY! I tried this not too long ago and it worked great. πŸ™‚

    side note: did you know Fels Naptha works wonders on poison ivy? You just wash the area with it and let the soap dry on your skin (don’t rinse it off).

    • Yes!! Isn’t that fantastic? I didn’t know you don’t rinse it off … I will remember that next time I get poison ivy (actually Lord Willing, I won’t get it again, haha) πŸ™‚

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