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