Laundry Detergent Recipe

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I’ve had several requests for my detergent recipe, so here goes!

18 c water
1 bar soap, grated (any bath bar soap or Fels Naptha Laundry Soap)
1 1/2 c Super Washing Soda (I purchase it from
1 1/2 c Borax
24 quart bucket (I purchased the exact size I needed at Wal-Mart and it has a locking lid to keep prying toddlers out of)
12 c hot water
hot water

Mix soap in a saucepan with 18 cups of water, and heat on low until dissolved. Stir in washing soda and borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat. Add 3 quarts hot water to bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Fill bucket with hot water and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until thickened. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load.

**Detergent will not suds but that does not mean it won’t work**

Consistency should be a little like gel but sometimes if too much water is added it will be watery (but is still useful).

2 thoughts on “Laundry Detergent Recipe

  1. do you use this for the dipes too? some people don’t like soap-based det. b/c of the buildup, but my friends don’t seem to have a problem. I made dry stuff for a couple months, but Erik didn’t like it–he’s so picky!! 🙂 But it’s fun to make your own stuff and feel self-sufficient!

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