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    Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

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    15 mins

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    Tish's Note:

    Got this recipe off a do it yourself site. It really works and is much cheaper than buying detergent at the store. Add a small amount of essential oil to give it a good smell!

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    • 1419.57 ml water
    • 0 bar fels naptha bath soap, grated (Ivory Soap, Deodorant Soap, and Beauty Bars can be substituted for the Fels Naptha Soap.)
    • 118.29 ml washing soda
    • 118.29 ml borax laundry detergent
    • 946.0 ml hot water
    • hot water


    1. 1
      Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints of water, and heat on low until dissolved.
    2. 2
      Stir in Washing Soda and Borax.
    3. 3
      Stir until thickened, and remove from heat.
    4. 4
      Add 1 Quart Hot Water to 2 Gallon Bucket.
    5. 5
      Add soap mixture, and mix well.
    6. 6
      Fill bucket with hot water, and mix well.
    7. 7
      Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens.
    8. 8
      Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load.
    9. 9
      Essential Oils can be added to soap for fragrance*Washing Soda can be found on the laundry detergent aisle of your supermarket.
    10. 10
      It comes in a yellow box.
    11. 11
      Baking soda SHOULD NOT be used in place of washing soda.
    12. 12
      They are completely different products.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 28, 2006


      I have used this off and on for years. It is cheap and incredible! If you cannot find washing soda (some parts of the country it is impossible) you can use an equal amount of Sunlight dishWASHER detergent.

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    • on March 28, 2009


      This is a great idea and mine turned out fine but my daughter was allergic to something in it and got a rash so I had to go back to the detergent I usually buy. I was hoping it would work because it is so much less expensive.

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    • on December 24, 2008


      Just made some ! Added a little lavender oil for scent - Can not wait to try it !

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    Nutritional Facts for Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

    Serving Size: 1 (2403 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 0.0
    Calories from Fat 0
    Total Fat 0.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 47.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 0.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 0.0 g

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    washing soda

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