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DIY Recipe for How to make your own Liquid Laundry Detergent

Updated on January 31, 2010


1 Bar of Soap, any brand you like.

1 Cup of Washing Soda (Arm and Hammer or pH+ from the pool aisle)

½ cup of Borax

3 Gallons + 4 cups of Water

5 Gallon Bucket with Lid

1 Knife

1 Big Stirring Instrument

A set of measuring cups

1 Pan for heating up 4 cups of water

Pick a brand of soap that you are not allergic to and like the color and smell because that will be the color and smell of your liquid laundry detergent.


Step 1:

Simmer 4 cups of water in a pan. Use the knife to cut off small shavings of the bar of soap into the hot water. You want to dissolve the whole bar into the water and the easiest way to do this is by cutting it into shavings. This is actually the hardest part of the process.

Step 2:

Fill the 5 Gallon Bucket with 3 Gallons of HOT tap water. Stir in the 4 cups of water and soap from step one. Stir in 1 cup of washing soda. Stir in ½ cup of Borax.

Step 3:

Put the lid on your bucket and let it sit over night. When it has cooled it will be a gel, whatever color the soap you chose is.

Make sure to wash the pot immediately and don’t wait till the next day or it will be fairly difficult to clean.

Use 1 cup for each load.

Locating the ingredients:

Washing soda is found in two ways. If you can find Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda that is what you need. You may be able to find it in the laundry aisle but if you can’t locate it, they also sell it in pool sections of store for raising pH the chemical is called sodium carbonate. Do NOT buy Sodium Bicarbonate, which is baking soda!!! Baking soda will not work and is not the same as washing soda.

Borax can be found either in the laundry aisle or in the bug killing aisle as it can be used to fight ants also.


Making your own Detergent is very cost effective. It saves a lot of money and is also greener because you don’t have all those containers every time you have to buy new bottle of store bought laundry detergent.


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