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Making your own homemade laundry detergent (soap) with this recipe is quick & easy, inexpensive, and works great in in both regular and HE washing machines.

I have discovered that people either love or hate homemade laundry detergent. Try this recipe and see what you think.

I didn’t know that making your own laundry detergent (soap) was so quick, easy and inexpensive. I love this homemade laundry detergent recipe! The best part is it works great in in both regular and HE washing machines and is just $10 per YEAR!!!! That’s incredible!

Homemade Laundry Detergent

1/3 bar Fels Naptha Laundry Soap, grated OR
       1 cup grated Homemade 100% Coconut Oil Soap May Be Used)
6 cups water
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax

To make homemade laundry detergent, heat 6 cups water and soap in a large pan until dissolved. Stir in washing soda and Borax. Mix and heat until dissolved. Boil 15 minutes. Remove from heat. (It will have the consistency of honey.*) In a 3 or 5 gallon bucket, add 1 quart of hot water, then add the soap mixture. Mix. Add enough cold water to make a 2 gallon mixture. Mix until well blended. Let sit 24 hours. The soap will gel*. Use 1/2 cup for each load.

Makes 2 gallons. (Approximately $ .40 per gallon)

*If the homemade laundry detergent doesn’t gel or reach honey consistency it will still work.



Stir before each use as this homemade laundry detergent does separate. Detergent can be stored in a liquid detergent bottle. Just shake it up each time you use it.

This detergent will not suds up in the washer, but it is still getting your clothes clean.

If you have extra hard water the soap may not clean as well. Add 1/2 cup borax or washing soda to the load and that may help.

If you do not like this laundry soap, you can still use the Fels Naptha bar for spot cleaning and to rub on stains. The Borax and Washing Soda are great to add to your regular detergent for extra cleaning.

You can use this in HE washers.


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