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Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

Sep 23, 2009 | Family Life, Organization | 4 comments

Whether you are a college student or a family of eight making your own laundry detergent saves you money. It’s so simple, so why not try it. And YES I have made my own homemade Laundry Detergent! It works just like the detergent from the store and is way cheaper. You can also make it fragrance-free, so if you have sensitive skin, this might be the best option. There are pros and cons to making laundry detergent but I’m not getting into all that right now. If you are ready to try your hand at liquid laundry detergent follow my instructions below. Make sure to download my free printable for easy reference.

DIY Liquid homemade laundry detergent

1/2 C Borax
1 C Baking Soda
1 Bar of Soap – Lever 2000
3 Gal WARM water in a bucket

Follow these 5 simple steps:

  1. Grate it looks like cheese (do NOT eat)
  2. Boil a few cups of water & add grated soap, stir till melted.
  3. Add soapy water to the bucket of warm water.
  4. Add Borax & Baking Soda to bucket & stir till well dissolved.
  5. Let the detergent sit overnight & BOOM you just made HOMEMADE Laundry detergent!

homemade laundry soap

Homemade Laundry Detergent Free Printable

Download my free printable with the ingredients and instructions so you can keep the recipe handy to make it next time.

diy homemade liquid laundry detergent

DIY Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

I got the recipe from the Raising olives blog and I love it!

I did want to mention, that there are also great homemade powder laundry detergents. They are just as easy to make and work great too. Some people prefer the liquid others the powder. I think it’s all just preference. So pick which one you want to try making next!

Test run with my homemade laundry detergent

My clothes smelled lovely after wishing them with my homemade laundry detergent. I am very pleased with the results! This was so FUN to make and is super affordable.

Have you made homemade laundry detergent? If so, how did it go? Comment below.



  1. Kahilau

    You are crazy! So seriously tell me if this is worth it! I have always wanted to try this but seriously, YOU ARE CRAZY! LOVE IT (in my best Dragon Tales voice!)

  2. liko

    okay, i will start doing this after you can vouch for how awesome it is after your stain test. how much does it make??

  3. The Bennetts

    Rachel you are just way too cool!

  4. Natalie.

    I totally saw, touched and smelled the first load as it came out of the drier. Impressive!


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Rachel is a vlogger and stay-at-home mom! When she's not filming fun videos for the "Ohana Adventure" and the "Rach Bennett" channels, she is sharing amazing lifestyle, travel, parenting, and homeschool tips here on the blog.

Jase is an entrepreneur, surfer, skater, fisherman, and the best dad ever! When he’s not creating silly Reels (@jasebennett), you can find him sharing adventures on the blog & great entrepreneurial tips on his podcast: The Decode.


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