Money Saving Tip: Homemade Laundry Detergent

I’m always looking for ways to save more money.  Earlier this year, I discovered this recipe for how to make your own laundry detergent.  I must admit that I was a bit skeptical in the beginning, but my husband and I decided to try it.  Well, I’m happy to report that we LOVE it!  In fact, I doubt that we’ll ever buy a name-brand laundry detergent ever again.  This homemade laundry detergent is very easy to make, it saves us hundreds of dollars each year, and it works great!

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Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap– Front or top load machine- best value
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4  Cups – hot tap water
1  Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ Cup Borax (we used 1 Cup this time, since we’ll be using it for cloth diapers too!)

  • 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 of 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 dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
  • Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

  • Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
  • Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda” – in some stores or may be purchased online here (at Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It must be sodium carbonate!!

Kelly Thorne Gore


  1. Glass/mirror cleaner. Take 1/2-3/4 cup of rubbing alcohol and pour into regular size spray bottle. Fill the rest of the way with water. Works great!

  2. We made this last night and am excited to begin using it today!

  3. *are, not am 🙂

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