DIY Liquid Laundry Detergent

Melt Ingredients

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Have you noticed how EXPENSIVE Laundry Detergent is these days??

I have a better way. A way of saving money. Yep – it’s EASY too!

MAKE Your Own. It is a time-saver, money-saver, and I must say it’s pretty self-rewarding!

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent 


4  Cups – Hot tap water

1  – Fels-Naptha bar soap 

1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

½ Cup – Borax

1 – 5 Gallon Bucket with Lid 

Optional Additions: Essential Oils. 


Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water.

Fels Napa Soap

Simmer over medium-low heat until completely melted and mixed together.

Add the Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda and the Borax to simmering pot. 

Borax and super washing soap

Continually whisk all ingredients together until completely melted.

Melt Ingredients

Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water.

Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. 

Stir well until all powder is dissolved and mixed into the water.

Fill bucket to top with more hot water & mix again.

Fill with Hot Water

Stir well, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

Stir Cover and let Sit


Stir well. It may have gelled to a very thick amount. Or it may not be that thick. I’ve noticed it has to do with the temperature in the location you keep the bucket.

Fill a used, but clean laundry soap container full with this DIY Laundry Soap.

Shake before each use. (It will gel again.)

Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled and stir well. 

Ideas: Lavender essential oil, Rosemary essential oil,Tea Tree oil.

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Visit my Young Living site for more information about our Essential Oils… Plus, we have a TON of other products to choose from. 

Yield: Recipe makes 5 gallons and will last apprx. 4 to 6 months – depending on the amount of laundry washing’s you go through.

When you see the bottom of the bucket Repeat this process! Ha! Although, you may want to do this BEFORE you are completely out. 🙂 

Pour Hot Water and Melted Ingredients into Bucket

Top Load Machine: 5/8 Cup per load (approx. 180 loads)
Front Load Machine: 1/4 Cup per load (approx. 640 loads)

* This works very well for both top or front load washing machines.

This really is a fantastic DIY Laundry Detergent recipe! 

I’ve been making this for a few years now and have saved a TON of money!!


** There may be links to either my Young Living products or affiliate links to Amazon. If you purchase from these links I will receive a commission and thank you. This helps support my family.  😀