Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe (High Efficiency Included)

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

I want to focus on Homemade Laundry Detergent today.  Ok so, last week I told you about an article I read, Tide Laundry Detergent Could Cause Cancer Here ??!!! Remember?!

I also promised a follow up article with a few Homemade Recipes for Laundry detergent but I also wanted to give you this information with a Frugal Twist!  Don’t I always?!!!


Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent!

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent!

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap (perfect for those with skin sensitivities)

What you need:
2 gallons Water (hot)
1 bar Ivory Soap, grated (as found here on Amazon or in any local grocery store!)
2 1/2 cups Baking soda (here’s an awesome deal on Amazon because I always buy this in bulk!)

OPTIONAL Scents: Add 10 to 20 drops of your favorite essential oils (depending how light or strong you want your scent)  


Homemade Laundry Detergent Directions:

In a saucepan add your grated Ivory. Add just enough hot water to cover the grated soap. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring frequently until soap is completely melted. Pour 2 gallons of hot water into a large pail or container with a lid.. Add melted soap and stir well. Now, add the baking soda. Make sure the mixture is mixed thoroughly.

Use 1/2 cup per full load on regular laundry machines
Use 1/4 cup per full load on HE Machines



Homemade Laundry Detergent for regular or sensitive skin types

What you need:
14 cups Borax (as seen here on Amazon in case you have never heard of it)
9 cups Baking Soda
9 cups Washing Soda (as seen here on Amazon in case you have never heard of this either 🙂
9 cups Ivory (Or other sensitive skin soap) soap, grated

Optional scents:  Don’t add your essential oils to the recipe but rather add one or two drops into your washing machine directly.  If you add the scents to the powder formula it will get lumpy 😉


Mix together all ingredients very well and store in a sealed large container.
Use 1/8 cup of powder per regular load
Use 2 teaspoons full of powder per load for HE Machines

This makes a large batch and it will last you a long time!


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  1. I have been making my own laundry soap for years, and you do not need to add the baking soda. The super washing soda has the same thing in it, but made for laundry. It is essentially adding the same ingredient twice. To save even more money (and not sacrifice anything) omit the baking soda. I use fels naptha soap instead of ivory because of allergies. Our family of 11, has many allergies, but none of them are the same, and fels naptha (found with the washing soda and borax) is the only thing we have found that doesn’t bother anyone.

    1. I use Castille Soap. Its made from coconut. No perfumes or dyes. Also I’ve been making this for years, use borax, washing soda & castille soap, never heard of using baking soda…

  2. You have to use washing soda foe the liquid. Not baking soda. They are two completely different things. Also, adding a 1/2 cup borax will help thicken it. The liquid recipe you have won’t get the clothes clean. 🙁

    1. For this recipe, you are correct……NO BAKING SODA, you need super washing soda. Completely different. Also, correct on the recipe……this recipe is concentrate. You need to mix it half and half with water. The recipe should include, borax, bar soap (such as fels naptha or ivory) and super washing soda. You mix it with the hot water and melt the grated soap, then add the powder. Add to a 5 gallon bucket of hot water, and stir. Let sit at least 24 hours and stir again. Fill a container half way with the soap mixture, and add water to fill the container. Shake well before each use. If you need further clarification, you may google “Duggars laundry soap recipe”. It is the one we have used for years. Our family of 11 uses approximately one 5 gallon bucket (makes 10 gallons) every 9-10 months. Very cost effective!!!

      1. Thanks for taking the time to comment Norine!!! We appreciate your insight! You sound like an expert! Feel free to email me any other recipes that you find helpful! I would love to share them with everyone!

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