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The Duggars From the Popular Show "19 Kids and Counting" Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe

Updated on September 6, 2014

How to Make the Duggar's Laundry Detergent Recipe

The Duggar family from "19 Kids and Counting" , has posted on their website "Duggar Family Blog" a homemade laundry recipe that they use everyday of the week. With 19 kids (and counting) they go through a lot of laundry each day, washing more than 50 loads of laundry per week. Since the Duggars are one of America's largest families, they strive to save as much money as they can. The family motto is "Buy used and save the difference". It has obviously worked, the Duggar family's net worth is $3.5 million dollars.

Here is the laundry recipe the Duggars have perfected in order to save money by buying expensive name brand laundry detergent.

Liquid Laundry Soap

This Duggar laundry soap recipe can be used on front or top-load machines. The recipe makes a total of 11 gallons of soap, 640 loads in a front-load machine. Before use, dilute the detergent, then stir. Your detergent will not go bad, and you can use one it for many months.

For your convenience , if you look on the bottom of this article, I have listed all the products in Amazon so you can easily buy everything you need to make this recipe. I went to Wal-Mart last night, but they didn't even have half the ingredients I needed.

Ingredients

1. Add 4 cups hot tap water in a stove pot
2. Add Fels-Naptha soap bar
3. Add 1 cup Arm & Hammer super washing soda (be careful it is not baking soda or detergent.
4. Add 3/4 of a cup borax
5. 1 gallon bucket

Preparation:

1. Grate the bar of Fels-Naptha Soap, I usually use a cheese grater for this step.

2. Place a large saucepan with water on high heat.

3. Stir the soap constantly until it is completely dissolved.

4. Fill half of a 5 gallon bucket with hot water.

5. Add the melted soap in a large saucepan, but add the washing soda and borax straight to the bucket. Stir until all the ingredients (especially the soap) completely dissolved.

6. Add 10 drops of the essential oil you like. Get creative ! Try my favorite, peppermint or rose oil.

7.Fill the remainder of bucket with hot tap water, and let the liquid detergent set overnight. Make sure that the bucket has a lid.

After the deregent sets over night, it should have the same consistencies of gel. Right before you wish to use the detergent, stir the ingredients in the bucket so the texture will be that of any other liquid detergent. Make sure you put the lid back on when your done.

Directions:

For a top load machine, use 1 cup of detergent per load, so that the detergent is completely diluted soap. For a front load machine, use 1/4 of a cup per load of the diluted soap

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    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Glad you liked it Amy!

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks for reading, DealForaLiving!

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      It is super easy!

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      I did! It was super easy, and super fun, and I recommend it for everybody!

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      homemade laundry soap really isn't necessary, if you only have one kid or 20 kids, it's an easy, easy, easy way of saving extra money!

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      It really isn't easy, easy, easy, way of making homemade laundry soap. I know homemade laundry soap sounds daunting, but it really isn't! I highly recommend it.

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      I only have one child and that child manages to dirty up every thing! I could not imagine 19 kids! Laundry soap palm recipe is a must!

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      The laundry soap really is a godsend! I would recommend it to anybody.

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      You can watch the Duggers on Netflix, YouTube, and I believe Hulu. Those Hulu and Netflix cost less than eight dollars a month. YouTube is of course free my daughter and I actually made the recipe this weekend and we absolutely loved it and it worked great!

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Fear not! You can watch the Duggers on Netflix and that's only 7 99 plus you can go on YouTube and watch most the videos. Cheap. Cheap. Cheap. No harm in that, LOL

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      think about it, the more money you save on laundry surgeon, the more you can spend it on the important stuff, like pedicures.

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      I was injured in Iraq and only able to have one child, and I use this recipe all the time! And she has the Gurleys girl of all but she manages to make all her clothes and dirty!

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      So do I!!!

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      You should try the recipe, it does save a lot of money!

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      It's a great recipe, you should try it!

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      Sam Deal 

      4 years ago from Earth

      I never saw this show but I like the included recipe. Thanks for writing.

    • The Examiner-1 profile image

      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this Hub Alli and I am trying to save money in any way that I can so this would be very helpful. This looked very interesting and easy to do and I only have myself to take care of so I believe that this will last for some time. I voted it up, shared and pinned it.

      Kevin

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      Haven't seen this program, but know of the family. They have more laundry in one week than I have in almost a year. Guess making their own soap made sense.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Never watched the show, but I commend them for sharing money-saving tips. Thanks for the soap recipe.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile image

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I so loved this show when we still wasted money on programming. Michelle is like the world's greatest mom. She has tons of money saving tips and never seems to get rattled by anything.

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      Farhat 

      4 years ago from Delhi

      Everything has its own importance and it may be useful to others too... your post very well reveals this fact...it seems to be an easy & cheaper but effective method to obtain a thing that is useful for every house...

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      Gee that some big family, they would use a lot of laundry powder.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, but I don't think I would ever use that much for the washing, but it is wise to look for cheaper ways of saving these days.

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      Andrew Smith 

      4 years ago from Richmond, VA

      I used to really enjoy ultra-thrifty home DIY stuff like this!

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