Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent is a convenient way to clean your clothes that is both inexpensive and chemical-free.Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

This recipe for homemade liquid laundry detergent takes only a few minutes to throw together and at a fraction of the cost of store-bought detergent!  The homemade version also keeps out the harsh chemicals many store-brand laundry detergents include.

For my liquid batch of laundry detergent, I grabbed a 1-gallon jug from my pantry.  Any container will do, nothing fancy is necessary, but 1 gallon is the best size for this recipe.



Homemade Laundry Detergent Ingredients


  1. Place your Dawn dish soap into the container.  Then add the Borax and washing soda.
  2. Add the 4 cups HOT water to dissolve the other ingredients.
  3. Seal the container and shake WELL.
  4. Once the ingredients are fully mixed, you can open the container and fill it the rest of the way with cold/tap temp water.  Then, seal the container again, and shake WELL.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent Mixing

How to make washing soda

I know washing soda isn’t an ingredient many people have handy, but you can easily make some with just baking soda, a baking dish, and an oven.  First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Then, pour baking soda about 1/2 inch thick into the baking dish.  Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes.  The baking soda should turn grainy instead of powdery and clumpy.  After cooling, store in an air-tight container.

How To Use Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

When you are washing a small to medium size load, a ¼ cup amount of this detergent is the correct measurement.  If you are doing a large load, 1/3 cup is appropriate.

We wash A LOT of laundry and we are always happy with the results we get from this liquid laundry detergent.  If you’re washing a load of whites, you may want to use our Laundry Whitening Solution or add some extra Oxi-Clean to get that extra-bright look.

Store your detergent until the next use.  I recommend giving it a good shake before using again, as the ingredients may settle while being stored.  This detergent works in both front load and top load machines.


Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent in Machine

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