Make Your Own Liquid Laundry Detergent

Monday, February 04, 2013

I know a lot of people make their own powdered laundry detergent on the cheap. But, I have never seen a "recipe" for liquid laundry detergent.  I guess your either a powder or liquid type person? I don't know what I am- WAIT I do- I like SIMPLE and this is insanely easy.

I have tested this out already. We went through our first gallon and I am pleasantly happy. Our clothes are coming clean and that is what matters.  I haven't noticed any difference from store bought detergent.  The initial supplies cost $12.  Based on the recipe I think I can make like 1,000 gallon bottles of this stuff.  

I think I can tie this back to my "7" experiment.  We are consuming/buying much less and this feels pretty "green".

Liquid Detergent


Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

3 Tablespoons Borax

3 Tablespoons Washing Soda

2 Tablespoons Dawn Dish Soap.  (Dawn dish soap is a key ingredient as it is the best on grease!)

Optional: Add a few drops of essential oil.


Add these ingredients to a large measuring cup (at least 4 cups) or into something you can pour easily into your previously used and now empty gallon + laundry jug. 

Pour in 4 cups of boiling water.

Stir to combine until the ingredients are well dissolved. Let it cool.

Pour into your gallon + jug and fill with about 12 more cups of water.  You may have bubbles that overflow depending on the size of jug used.  No worries just do it in a sink. 

To Use:

The detergent is very watery.  I generally only do LARGE loads of laundry so I use about 1 cup of detergent.  Smaller loads would obviously use less, probably around 1/2 cup. 

For more information see this post





  1. Woohoo, welcome to the easy cheap laundry soap club, its amazing isn't it! For some reason I always thought the liquid detergents sounded so much harder than the powder. Silly me, congrats and enjoy!!!

  2. I've always wanted to try making detergent for my family. Thank you for sharing a recipe that sounds easy AND one that words well. I already use Dawn on grease spots and it works great!

  3. I needed this! I tried a recipe a few years back and was not happy with it. Excited to try this! THANK YOu!!

  4. Thanks for the info! I wonder if this works in HE washers. I know with HE washers you only have to use two tablespoons per load.

  5. Amy I did read that it was working for folks using HE washers! The original post talks about HE washers and there are some comments in the string. Good Luck!


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