A while ago I thought why am I spending so much on laundry detergent? I had no clue, so I went on a search and found many different recipes for homemade laundry detergent. I went with one I found on the Duggars website.
Duggar Recipe: Liquid Laundry Soap
1 Bar Fels-Naptha soap
½ Cup Borax
- Grate 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 with 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 container half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
- Optional: Once soap has cooled, you can add 10-15 drops of essential oil (lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil, etc) per 2 gallons.
For top load machine, add 5/8 Cup of liquid soap per load (makes approximately 180 loads).
For front load machine, add 1/4 Cup per load (makes approximately 640 loads).
Makes 10 gallons of liquid soap