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Laundry Detergent Making

Colonel Daniel E. Christoff

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 Make Your Own Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

This Recipe dates back to the late 1800's, when BORAX was first introduced to the public.   This Laundry Recipe produces no Laundry Suds, but your Laundry will be extremely clean.  If you are on a Septic System, I recommend you switch to this Recipe because Laundry Suds will harm your Septic System over a period of time.  You will love the Fragrance this recipe produces.  The savings are enormous, 1 cents per load versus 25 cents per load of the leading Store brand.  We purchase these ingredients from our local Walmart®.

What You Will Need

  • (1) bar FELS-Naptha® laundry bar soap (5.5oz)
  • (1) cup BORAX DETERGENT BOOSTER  (comes in a 4 lbs.,12 oz. box)
  • (1) cup ARM & HAMMER® Super Washing Soda Detergent Booster  ( comes in a 3.4lbs box)
  • (2) 5 gallon buckets with lids
  • (1) Large Paint stick
  • (1) Cheese Grater


Grate one bar FELS-Naptha® bar soap and put in a large sauce pan. Add 12 cups water and heat on medium until soap melts, stir until dissolved.

NOTE:  The soap will rise as it melts, so use at least a 24 cup sauce pan to prevent overflow.


After the soap melts add the Borax and Washing Soda.  Stir until dissolved.


Pour 8 cups hot water into a 5 gallon bucket. Slowly add the cooked soap mixture.


Add 2 gallons plus 12 cups of tap water and stir with large paint stick. Cover with lid. Let stand for 24 hours and the soap mixture will gel. Stir prior to each use.

How to Use

Use 1/2 cup of soap mixture per normal load, for heavy stains use 1 cup.  Store left over ingredients and grater in your second 5 gallon bucket and cover with lid.  We purchased a 1 gallon plastic water dispenser and fill it using a funnel, which takes up less room on a Laundry shelf, and store the 2 five gallon buckets out of site. We keep 2 boxes each of the Borax and Arm & Hammer plus 6 bars of Fels-Naptha in the second 5 gallon bucket, just in case.

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