Homemade Laundry Soap


We spend a lot of money on laundry items. I have sensitive skin (I’m obviously as delicate as a rose petal….) and have to use baby detergent. Dreft costs a lot of money. I mean, who would have thought you have to pay EXTRA to get unscented, right?! I was reading the Duggars’ book, and found their recipe for homemade detergent. I figured, good enough for the Duggars, good enough for the Whitneys.

This recipe makes 5 gallons of soap concentrate. You have to add equal parts water and concentrate to a smaller container. So, just know that essentially, you will end up with 10 GALLONS OF SOAP.

You will need:

1 Fels Naptha soap bar, grated

1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

1/2 cup Borax

1 5-gallon bucket

(I found all of these items at our local Ace Hardware store.)

Grate the bar of soap in a small saucepan. Cover with hot water. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring continually until soap completely dissolves. (Note: It took almost 30 minutes for the soap to melt. Don’t let it boil because the bubbles won’t pop and you will have a huge mess.)

Put the washing soda and Borax in a 5-gallon bucket. Pour in the hot, melted soap. Stir well, until all the powder is dissolved.


Fill the bucket to the top with hot tap water. Stir, cover securely and let set overnight. The next morning, stir the mixture. Mix equal amounts of soap concentrate and water in a small detergent dispenser. Shake well before using each time.


Top Loading Machines: 1 cup per load

Front Loading Machines: 1/3 cup per load



We have been using the detergent for a couple of weeks now. So far, so good. No rashes, no bad smelling clothing. In fact, our clothes smell like…nothing. It’s wonderful. You can also add a few drops of essential oil (any scent you want) to the concentrate, in case you want your clothes to smell like something.



About Erin

I'm a mom to the sweetest little boys ever, Owen & Colin. Owen was born in April of 2007 after 22 hours of active labor in a hospital. Love him more than life. Knowing I didn't feel another hospital birth was right for me, Colin was born at home surrounded by our 2 midwives and our little family. I've been married to my hubs for 7 years. We met in 1997 in an AOL Chatroom...the rest is history. I'm crazy. I'm funny. I am socially awkward. This is my life.

3 responses »

  1. i am SO going to try this. it doesn’t seem like it would be that difficult to make, and it would last for a VERY long time. (10 gallons is at least 160 loads – in our house that’s more than a year and a half!) thanks for sharing.

  2. Pingback: Homemade Dishwasher Detergent « Our Pandemonium Paradise

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