How to make liquid homemade laundry detergent/soap.
You need a 5 gallon bucket for this laundry soap recipe. You might try asking a restaurant for their empties (fat for deep frying comes in huge buckets.) I got mine from my local bulk food store.
- 4 cups hot boiled Water
- 1 natural Soap Bar (Ivory or Fels Naptha)
- 1 cup Washing Soda (NOT baking soda – see below)
- 1/2 cup Borax
- One of the Essential Oil Blends below (optional)
- Grate the soap bar using the fine side of your cheese grater.
- Combine the soap flakes and hot water in a large saucepan. Stir over a medium-low heat until the soap is melted.
- Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of very hot water. Add the melted soap, the washing soda and the borax. Stir until all the powder is dissolved. Note: Washing soda is made from Sodium Carbonate and is not the same as Baking Soda. You can usually find washing soda in the laundry area of your department store or ask for it at a pool store. It will be in the water softeners section.
- Fill the bucket to the top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
- Next morning, stir the essential oils into the laundry soap. It will be a watery gel with lumps in it – this is fine. Just give it a good stir. I use a potato masher to break up the lumps.
- Transfer your homemade laundry detergent into clean used laundry bottles mix half and half with water.
Shake the bottle before each use to dissolve any lumps of gel that might have formed. Use 1 cup per load for top-load washing machines, and half a cup for front-load washers. This recipe makes enough for 90 top loads or 180 front loads.
Handy Hint: I also use this homemade laundry soap recipe to soak stains out of my tea towels and whiten my whites. I just leave them to soak in the detergent for about a week, and they come up beautifully, with no wear and tear on the fabric.
Essential Oils for Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipes
Power up your homemade laundry soap with one of the following essential oil blends. Not only will they make your clothes smell nice, but they have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties – great for killing germs while washing out dirt and grime. If you’re exceptionally sensitive, you can leave out the essential oils – you’ll still get a good laundry detergent with strong cleaning powers.
Lavender Essential Oil Blend
- 40 drops Lavender
- 30 drops Lemon
- 20 drops Clove
Citrus Essential Oil Blend
- 30 drops Grapefruit
- 30 drops Orange
- 30 drops Lemongrass
Tea Tree Essential Oil Blend
- 40 drops Tea Tree
- 30 drops Lemon OR Lemongrass
- 20 drops Palmarosa