Laundry Day

I decided to make laundry detergent. It wasn’t a difficult decision to make… $15 per bottle or make your own for a fraction of the price? I took the challenge!Image

Above are the cast of characters involved in this process, a fraction of the price of commercial stuff!


For this recipe, only half a Fels-Naptha bar is required.

ImageGrate half a bar of Fels-Naptha. Resist the urge to eat, as it looks exactly like cheddar cheese.

ImageThere she is! Now dump all of the soap into a large pot! ImageOkay, now it’s time for some magic!

ImageAdd 6 cups of water and allow soap shavings to melt

ImageAfter soap has COMPLETELY melted, add half a cup of washing soda

ImageThis is NOT how you open a box of washing sodaImageThis IS how you open a box of washing soda… don’t be like me.

ImageBy this point, you should have let the Fels-Naptha melt, taken the pot off heat and added the 1/2 cup of washing soda. It should now smell nice and cleeean.

ImageHey look! I opened the box right this time! Add a 1/2 cup of Borax to the mix

ImageNow with the Fels-Naptha, washing soda and Borax it should be all nice smelling and clean. I, for an extra touch, decided to add a couple drops of essential oil to keep things fresh.

ImageEmotional Remedy. For when you are feeling especially only-childish ImageNow that the stove top portion is ready, pour into a 5 gallon bucket only after pouring 4 cups of hot water in ahead of time.


Into the bucket add 16 cups (1 gallon) of water plus 6 cups. Then let sit overnight

Place bucket in a safe place… free from curious creatures…


Like this guy…

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3 Responses to Laundry Day

  1. Is this a liquid DIY laundry detergent? How much do you use per load? I found you on Pinterest. 🙂

  2. Jennifer says:

    I found you on Pintrist. Thank you for including step by step instructions with pictures. I have been wanting to make my own detergent and now i can. I have one question, how long do i need to melt the soap before it is ready to add in the rest? I know until it melts but a lot of people say its still lumpy when its finished. Just want it to turn out rifht with the first try. Thank you. 🙂

  3. Hi Jennifer!

    I am glad you found the tutorial helpful! I think you’ll find it’s a lot of fun to make and you’ll be amazed at how much money you can save going this route! I had to learn about the lumpy-ness the hard way the first time by not letting it melt long enough. But I have found stirring constantly after it is melted for about 5 minutes on low heat produces smoother results. Hope this helps! Let me know how it turns out!


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