I got this recipe from a friend at work. We made the detergent a few weeks ago and have been using it ever since. It works just as well, if not better, than the detergent we had been buying, and at a fraction of the cost! Another great thing is that I have enough of all the ingredients leftover to make many more batches. Here’s the recipe I used:

1/3 bar of Ivory Soap, grated (I used 1/2 bar since the bars I bought didn’t look full size)
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax powder
You will also need a bucket, about 2 gallon size

laundry soap ingredients

Put the grated soap in a sauce pan. Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Removed from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel. Use 1/2 cup per load. I have stored my soap in plastic milk containers, pouring it into smaller containers that I spray painted and added my own stickers. The caps on the containers I used are 1/2 cup, so it works perfectly.

laundry soap

We also tried one batch of the fabric softener, but haven’t been able to completely make the switch. We like the liquid fabric softener, and the recipe we had was for dryer sheets. They worked okay, but it wasn’t close enough to what we were used to, so we’re still buying fabric softener for now. If I can find a liquid recipe for fabric softener I will give it a try. Have you made your own soaps? I’d love to hear about successes you’ve had with any recipes.

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5 Responses to Homemade Laundry Detergent

  1. […] just now had to replace the last ingredient and it’s been about 18 months since I started. This is the recipe I use. So that’s basically a huge savings. I still haven’t found a recipe for fabric softener […]

  2. Laurie says:

    We are gathering supplies to make your detergent. Here are a couple of tips I thought I’d pass along. First I wondered if there is a difference between baking soda and washing soda – there is, which is easily explained here: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/washing-soda-vs-baking-soda.html. It can be purchased at Walmart (go figure). Also, as part of a fun kid’s project, we put a bar of Ivory soap in the microwave (right on the glass “tray”)for 45 seconds. It blows up big (think marshmellow in the microwave). Then we took it out and after a few second it was warm enough for the kids to squeeze for fun. When they were finished it was in crumbles…ready to make detergent. Granted we haven’t made it yet to confirm that it didn’t change the chemical structure, but I can’t image it would.

  3. helen jensen says:

    If I ever make this recipe I’ll use dial soap It works a lot like the homemade soap my mother made.

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