Homemade Laundry Detergent

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Total Time
15 mins
20 mins

Make your own laundry detergent! This is really easy and really does save money! Great for people with allergies or fragrance sensitivity. This lasts a long time!

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  • 1 bar bath soap, grated (your favorite brand, fels naptha is great)
  • 1 cup arm & hammer super washing soda laundry detergent (a laundry booster)
  • 12 cup borax
  • hot water


  1. Place grated soap in a pot.
  2. Cover with water and simmer over medium heat until all soap is melted, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour into 5 gallon bucket.
  4. Add washing soda and borax.
  5. Add enough hot water to fill the bucket.
  6. Stir (I use a long measuring stick, but any long stick will work).
  7. Let sit overnight to gel.
  8. Use 1 cup per load.
  9. (You can pour this into old detergent containers or leave in the bucket. Please cover with a lid if leaving in the bucket to protect children and pets.).