Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe (The BEST!)

Who knew making your own Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent could be SO easy?

Just a few simple ingredients, and you’ve got a fabulous laundry soap to clean your clothes for pennies!  Seriously, this one trick will save you SO much money!

Ingredients for Homemade Laundry Detergent:

You’ll just need 3 simple ingredients to make your own liquid laundry detergent…

  • 1/2 Cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda {not Baking Soda}
  • 1/2 Cup Borax
  • 1/3 Bar of Fels-Naptha Soap {you could also use Ivory soap, but if using Ivory… use the whole bar}
  • Bucket {2 gallon size or larger}
  • Empty laundry detergent containers or bucket with lid to store detergent.
  • Funnel

How to Make Laundry Detergent at Home:

  1. Grate 1/3 bar of Fels-Naptha Soap, then transfer to large stockpot.
  2. Add 6 cups of Hot Water.
  3. Heat on stove over Medium-High heat until soap dissolves and melts.
  4. Once soap has melted, add Washing Soda & Borax, and stir until dissolved.
  5. Then remove from heat and set aside.
  6. Pour 4 cups Hot Water into large plastic bucket, then pour in Soap Mixture and stir well.
  7. Then, add 1 Gallon + 6 Cups {22 cups total} of additional water, and stir again.
  8. Transfer to empty laundry detergent containers using your funnel.
  9. Allow detergent to sit overnight, or up to 24 hours, to thicken and gel up.  Then it’s ready to use!
  10. Note: Consistency and color will vary depending on your soap & water ~ it may be lumpy and watery… kind of like a watery gel, but it works great!
  11. Stir or shake before each use, as it will continue to gel.

How Much Laundry Soap To Use in the Washer:

Keep in mind, the amount of laundry soap you’ll use depends on a variety of factors, including the size of your laundry load, how heavily soiled your clothing is, and the type of washing machine you’ll be using.

You’ll want to use more in upright machines, and slightly less in HE front loaders.

So wasn’t that easy??  Now you know how to make your own laundry detergent at home!