DIY Laundry Detergent


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  1. DIY Laundry Detergent Recipe:

    1 quart of water heated on low

    1 bar of Lemon Verbena French milled soap grated

    1 bar of Kirk’s Original Castille soap grated

    1/2 bar of Fels Naptha Soap or Zote Soap grated

    2 cups of Borax

    1 cup of Arm & Hammer washing soda

    1 cup of Baking Soda


    Add finely grated soap to the water on the stove. Stir until soap is melted.
    Pour soapy water mixture into a heavy duty 5 gallon bucket.
    Add borax, washing soda, and baking soda.
    Stir well until all is dissolved.
    Add water until bucket is nearly full.
    Stir until mixed well.
    Cover it and let it sit over night.
    The next day stir well (I use my hand and really stir it from the bottom up)
    I use a small cap full inside my HE washer. I don’t pour it in the dispenser.

    You may need to stir from time to time. Sometimes it separates and this is normal. I put mine in smaller containers that are easy to dispense from and I just shake it up before using.
    Happy Washing!


  2. Jan, I noticed in your recipe “1 bar of Lemon Verbena French milled soap grated”. That is one thing I didn’t buy. My friend didn’t tell me I needed that. Where can I find this bar of soap. Also, I noticed “Fels Naptha Soap or Zote Soap.” I thought both were needed to make the laundry detergent. Did you tweak the recipe to add both bars of soap? By the way, you make good video. I love your style. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Susan


    1. Hi Susan. Yes I have tweaked my recipe since making this video. I use one half bar of Zote soap and one half bar of Fels Naptha. You don’t need the Lemon Verbena soap. So glad you like my video. Thanks for watching! 🙂


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