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Best Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

Save hundreds of dollars per year with this easy homemade laundry detergent recipe. It takes just minutes to make.
Prep Time15 minutes
Resting time12 hours
Total Time12 hours 15 minutes
Author: Jackie Currie


  • 5 gallon bucket
  • large cooking pot
  • grater
  • spoon
  • whisk


  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
  • 1 bar Original Ivory Soap


  • Grate the Ivory soap and add to a large pot with 4 cups hot water. Heat on the stove, stirring until completely meltedĀ .
  • Pour this hot mixture to a 5 gallon bucket.
  • Add Borax and washing soda, and stir until powders have completely dissolved.
  • Fill the bucket to the 5 gallon mark with tap water.
  • Cover, and let sit for 12 hours (it may thicken during this time).
  • When cool, whisk or stir detergent well to break up lumps/gel.
  • Dispense into an old laundry jug, filling just to the half-way mark. Fill the rest of the way with tap water.


Shake well before using as ingredients may separate.