Making your own liquid laundry detergent is easy & dirt cheap. This low sudsing recipe works great and makes 2 gallons.

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  • Liss Favorite Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe

    Making your own liquid laundry detergent is easy & dirt cheap. This low sudsing, softening recipe works great, smells great and makes 2 gallons.

    1/3 Bar Fels Naptha Soap, Grated
    1/2 Cup Washing Soda
    1/2 Cup Borax
    1 c. Purex Laundry Softener Crystals (any scent you like)
    2 Gallon Bucket
    1 Quart Hot Water
    Cold Water

    Dissolve Fels Naptha in about 2 cups of water in a saucepan over low heat, until completely smooth, add washing soda & Borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat. In a 2 gallon bucket, pour 1 Quart Hot Water, add soap mixture, and mix well. Dissolve 1 c. of purex laundry softener crystals in the soap mix, stirring well. Fill bucket with cold water, and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens and gels.

    This mixture will Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load.

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    Comments 26 Comments
    1. kiloca's Avatar
      kiloca -
      Can this be used in the high efficiency machines?
    1. Wendiwalling's Avatar
      Wendiwalling -
      I can't wait to try this. Thanks so much.
    1. louie4646's Avatar
      louie4646 -
      I just made this detergent and filled the container up with hot water and didn't use cold water, will it still work? Thank you very much!!
    1. charlottelady's Avatar
      charlottelady -
      I made it and used a bar of soap I got from Big Lots for just .99. For the life of me I cant think of the name of t. It has a real nice smell. My husband buys this ice cream that comes in plastic containers so I used those for storing it. The only thing I would say is next time I will be more careful to make sure everything is completely disolved. All in all I like it especially for the price but I have to be careful to not go over board and put too much in. I am definitely a person that likes to see the suds. I do not use the crystals.
    1. sjsapp's Avatar
      sjsapp -
      I want to make this sounds great but I gave up using fabric softeners. Aren't softeners bad? I thought would build up on the fabric and inside my dryer?
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      i tried this and even after bringing it to a boil, i ended up with a wax like solid disk of blue on top once it cooled and no fell action at all. I've made this befor minus the pure crystals with no issue. and to be clear i used pure crystals , not the downy scent blaster things. the only conclusion ive come to is the crystals caused the problem
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