Home Made Essential Items on an urban homestead

Liquid Laundry Soap

  • 1 Quart Water ( boiling)
  • 2 Cups Bar Soap ( grated about 1 bar)
  • 2 Cups Borax

2 Cups Washing Soda(. not baking soda!  Find it at Wal-Mart in the cleaning section)


Soap mixed with Borax and Laundry Baking Soda


Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until the soap is melted.

Pour the soap water into a large clean pail and add the Borax and Washing Soda and stir until soap is melted.

Add 2 Gallons of water, stir until well mixed.

Cover pail and allow to set 24 hours.  The detergent will gel and require stirring before each use.

Use 1/2 cup per large load

Thats Less than 4 cents per load!!

I like to add some Essential Oil to the detergent after I’ve added the 2 gallons to it;  My favorite is Lavender and a little Tea Tree Oil.

All natural and no chemicals in this!!

Grating the soap

3 thoughts on “Liquid Laundry Soap”

  1. If we used just 1 gallon of water, could we cut the initial recipe in half? I like the idea of no chemicals! Would this be ok to use in a high efficiency washing machine?


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