Homemade Laundry Soap Tutorial (With Pictures)

Do you want to know how to save BIG money on laundry soap? Well, it’s quite easy really, all you need to do is learn how to make your own!

I have been using this homemade laundry soap for a year and I LOVE it! One batch of it has lasted me a whole year which adds up to almost $200 in savings for my family (we go through a lot of laundry detergent).

I originally learned how to make this DIY laundry detergent from a friend, but it’s originally based on the Duggar laundry soap recipe, which is one of the most popular homemade laundry soap recipes around. It’s super easy to make, will make your clothes smell great, and it will save you lots of money!

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How to Make DIY Laundry Detergent

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Homemade Laundry Soap Ingredients

I found all the ingredients needed for this DIY laundry detergent at my local Kroger Store. I have also seen borax and the washing soda at Wal-Mart.

All in all, these ingredients should cost you less than $10, and a lot of them will make you multiple batches of laundry soap. For convenience sake you can find all these ingredients on Amazon, but they are cheaper at your local store.

Homemade Laundry Soap Instructions

1. Grate your bar of soap:

diy laundry detergent

2. Add your grated soap to a saucepan with 4 cups of water:

homemade laundry soap

3. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted:

duggar laundry soap recipe

4. Fill a 5-gallon bucket half full of hot tap water (if you don’t have a big enough sink, use your bathtub):

homemade laundry soap

5. Add your melted soap:

melted soap from diy laundry detergent

6. Add the washing soda:

super washing soda for duggar laundry soap recipe

7. Add the Borax:

Borax for diy laundry detergent

8. Stir well until all the powder is dissolved:

Stirring the homemade laundry soap

9. Fill bucket to top with more hot water:

duggar laundry soap recipe

10. Stir, cover, and let sit overnight to thicken.

After it has thickened overnight you can put it in the dispenser of your choice. It is very thick and gel-like, so use a big spoon to stir it.

I use a measuring cup and funnel to put equal parts of soap and hot water into the old detergent bottle, and then just shake it up and you’re are ready to go!

homemade laundry soap pouring diy laundry detergent into containerduggar laundry soap recipe finished homemade laundry soap

Homemade Laundry Soap Specifications

  • Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
  • Top Load Machine: 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
  • Front Load Machines: ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

Try it and you’ll love it! It smells really good but doesn’t leave a harsh scent on your clothes. You can also try adding essential oils to the soap after it is cooled, but I haven’t tried that so I’m not much help there. I have used Downy Unstopables for linens and other things that I enjoy a good scent on.

I hope you enjoy saving money with this homemade laundry soap!

Here is an adorable jar to put your DIY laundry detergent in:

glass jar for diy laundry detergent

Glass Jar 1 Gallon

More DIY Laundry Projects:

Now that you have your own DIY laundry detergent, you can try out these other DIY ideas:

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Homemade Laundry Soap Tutorial (With Pictures)

Ingredients

  • 1 bar Fels-Naptha Soap (other options Ivory for sensitive skin or Pink Zote)
  • 1/2 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (NOT baking soda!)
  • 5-gallon bucket and lid

Instructions

  1. Grate your bar of soap
  2. Add your grated soap to a saucepan with 4 cups of water
  3. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted
  4. Fill a 5-gallon bucket half full of hot tap water
  5. Add your melted soap
  6. Add the washing soda
  7. Add the borax
  8. Stir well until all the powder is dissolved
  9. Fill bucket to top with more hot water
  10. Stir, cover, and let sit overnight to thicken
Types: Cleaning, Remedies, Adult
Categories: Clothing, Frugal, Inside The House

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