Homemade Laundry Detergent

  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1 Fels Naptha soap bar
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup Borax

Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water

Stir continually over med. heat until soap dissolves

Fill 5 gal. bucket 1/2 full with hot 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 it sit overnight to thicken.

Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with the soap and the rest with water

Shake before each use (will gel).

Optional: you can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2- gals.

Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, or tea tree oil

Yields 10 gals.

top load machines 5/8 cup (180 loads)

front load machines 1/4 cup (640 loads)


Inexpensive Fabric Softener #1

  • 1 cup white vinegar to rinse cycle.

Removes residue and odors. Also helps to keep washing machine and hoses fresh and clean


Inexpensive Fabric Softener #2


  • 1 container of name brand liquid fabric softener
  • 4 inexpensive sponges


Pour all of the fabric softener into a 5 gal. bucket. Fill empty softener container twice with water ( 2 parts water, 1 part fabric softener).

Add sponges to softener/water mixture. When ready to use wring out extra mixture from one of the sponges and add it to the dryer as you would a dryer sheet.


Recipe via 17 and Counting

6 Replies to “Homemade Laundry Detergent”

  1. Hi April,
    I just found your website and love it!! I’ve watched Rebecca Lee’s DVD and I am working from her packet and your website helps put all the pieces together. So helpful, thanks for all the information you’ve provided. I’m sure this is soon to be my favorite emergency prep Blog.

    So, I live in Pleasant Grove and wondered where you found your Fels Naptha soap? I did a google search and didn’t find anything local. One link suggested Ace hardware which we have in town, but thought you might have a good source.
    Thanks so much!
    Meredith Holman

  2. April –

    This site is informative and educational. Thank you for putting it up. I would like to be placed on your mailing list. Although we live in Mexico currently and will be returning to Texas and I will not be able to take part in your purchasing I would like to continue to learn from your experiences.

    Thank you for what you are doing – it is making a difference!


  3. Hi Andrea,
    I appreciate your comments and have added you to the list. This sight really isn’t about ordering, (although I do do that) but about sharing with each other. If you have ideas and things you would like to share with me, please feel free to do so.
    Have a great day in sunny Mexico.
    April 🙂

  4. Hi Meredith,
    Thank you for your great comments. I will be doing a bulk order on Fels Naptha that you are welcome to join in on on March. I have found it at Macey’s and Kohlers and Ace Hardware. It is great soap!
    Good Luck, April 🙂

  5. Washing Soda is made by Arm and Hammer. It is an all natural detergent booster, fabric freshener and deodorizer. It improves liquid laundry detergent performance up to 40%.
    Thanks for asking,
    April 🙂

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