I have so many people asking me about our laundry detergent and how we make it so I thought I would just blog about it and share it with everyone. One of the best decisions I have ever made was to try The Duggar’s Family recipe for homemade laundry soap. I was very sceptical if it was worth it, but we spent about 35 minutes mixing it up and have been doing this now for about two years. This has saved us so much money to spend elsewhere in our family and our clothes come out very clean and fresh. We do not add any fragrance so they do not have a big fragrance smell (which makes it great for sensitive skin). I add fabric softner and dryer sheets to every load (still way cheaper than the detergent itself).
Here are all the supplies:
*Note: You can find All of these items at Walmart on the laundry detergent isle.
It cost about $8
To make powder detergent combine together in large tub and mix well:
1-Box Washing Soda (not in picture)
1-Box Pure Baking Soda
1-Zote bar (grate bar)
1-1.3lb Oxi Clean
Here is a tub I made only use 1-2 tablespoons! Yes that is all you need per load.
(Here is the recipe information for liquid laundry soap from the Duggars blog follow link here: http://duggarsblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/duggar-recipe-liquid-laundry-soap.html
Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap
(Front or top load machine-best value)
4 Cups – hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar*
1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda**
1 Cup Borax
-Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with hot water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
Melted bar of soap
This is what it looks like completely melted.