I have been using this recipe for almost 2 years now, and I have only made it up 4 times.

It works just as good, and sometimes (especially on heavy stains) better than the name brands.

 I cannot even coupon this cheap because the borax, soap, and washing soda I bought orginally are the same ones I have used all 4 times, and I have enough to make at least another ten 10 gallons of laundry soap.

 I buy liquid fabric softner on great deals to get that “fresh linen” scent that most people say doesn’t come from home made soap, but I think it smells wonderful without it too. You can add essential oils to get different scents too. (My mother does this)




  • 5 gallon bucket (preferrably with a lid- otherwise cover well with aluminum foil)
  • sauce pan
  • grater
  • something large enough to stir the mixture in the 5 gallon bucket (I use my yard stick or a large kitchen spoon)
  • extra empty laundry soap containers, milk jugs, or other containers that would hold the soap for easier use
  • funnel to transfer soap from bucket to containers


  • 4 cups of water (for starters)
  • 1 bar of soap (Fels-Naptha or Ivory – cannot be the scented soap by Dial or anything like that)
  • 1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (CANNOT BE BAKING SODA – must be a sodium carbonate)
  • 1/2 cup borax


  • Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
  • 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. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
  • Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

– Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)


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