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Homemade Laundry Detergent

  • Yield: 10 gallons 1x


Huge batch of homemade laundry detergent that costs $0.006 per load!  Works for HE machines


  • 4 C hot water
  • 1 bar Fels-Naptha soap, grated
  • 1 C Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
  • 1/2 C Borax
  • essential oil (optional)


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt together the grated soap and water until the soap is completely dissolved.
  2. Fill a 5 gallon bucket 1/2 full of hot water. Add the washing soda, Borax and melted soap mixture. Stir well until dissolved (I used a yard stick).
  3. Fill the bucket to the top with more hot water and stir well. Cover and let sit overnight. The finished mixture will resemble a loose, liquid form of Jello. At this point, you can add 50 drops of the essential oil of your liking to the soap. (I don’t add any to mine)
  4. Fill your soap dispenser (I use my old Tide container) 1/2 with water and half with soap. Shake well before each use. For front load washers, use 1/4 C – 1/3 C per load. For top load washers, use 1/2-5/8 C per load.

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