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Homemade Laundry Detergent

In today’s economy, it’s important to save money in all possible ways. That’s why we’re going to show you a recipe for homemade laundry detergent, that only costs a few cents per load!

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Here is a simple recipe to make your own homemade laundry detergent.

Traditional Homemade Laundry Detergent

Updated version of the homemade laundry detergent

I like my formula a bit stronger, so this is what I tend to use.

Putting it all together

  1. Mix Fels Naptha laundry Bar Soap (after grating it) with 6 cups of water in sauce pan. Heat this mixture until soap melts.
  2. Add Washing Soda and Borax to Sauce Pan Mix. Mix it well until both the washing soda and Borax Dissolve
  3. Put 4 Cups of Hot Water into a 5 Gallon Bucket and add mixture from sauce pan.
  4. Add another 22 cups of water and stir well. ( 22 cups = 1 gallon and 6 cups or 176oz )
  5. Allow 24 hours for soap to gel.

I recommend using a dedicated sauce pan for this recipe. I also have a dedicated soup ladle that I use to dip out my concoction.

I do not recommend using your wife’s good cheese grater to grate the Fels Naptha. This only invites trouble šŸ˜‰

A double recipe may be produced in a single 5 gallon Bucket.

Safety: Keep soap and ingredients out of reach of children and keep bucket sealed when soap is not in use.

Directions for use:

Use 1/2 a cup of soap per load, recipe produces approximately 50 loads

PDF Version:

Download the Homemade Laundry Detergent.pdf for offline or off-grid use.


  1. This is my recipe also.
    I just mix in a huge bowl Borax and Washing Sodas, grate in the Zote, mix again, and then transfer to a 1 or 2 gallon bucket.
    No need to heat or cook.

  2. I have a cheap designated grater just for the Zote…smart move.
    I started using powdered homemade soap after 2 attempts and no gel–it was a mess not really necessary.
    Dry homemade works great.

    • @ TexasScout I’ve used it in my front loader/High Eff washer…just use 1/2 the amount. I found that 1/3 c per load works well. Also, use plain white vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser. natural fabric softener, and helps dissipate any soap residue. šŸ™‚

  3. Pretty much the same recipe I use to make mine. I always make 5 gallons at a time. You an also add some essential oils if you prefer your detergent to smell. We use Tea Tree Oil and Lavender.


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