Liquid Laundry Detergent

Today we also have a guest post! I feel so blessed.

Sasha – a new friend of mine has shared her very successful liquid laundry detergent!

Thank you so much to Sasha! I appreciate you wanting to share your ways of “choosing simple”! That’s the blog spirit!

I have to try this sometime. First I need a bucket!

Ok now straight from Sasha here we go!

alright the following is the liquid laundry detergent:
5 gallon bucket ( inexpensive, bought min at walmart)
4 cups hot water
1 dove unscented soap bar
1 cup arm and hammer super washing soda
1/2 cup borax
(essential oils optional)

-grate bar of soap (hardest part of the recipe, but its a good work out)
-add grated soap to a saucepan with 4 cups hot water
-stir and heat over medium until melted(maybe ten minutes, i always make sure its really melted thuroughly)
-fill bucket halfway full of hot water
-add melted soap from pan, washing soda and borax
-stir well until all powder is dissolved
-cover and let stand over night
-optional: you can add 10-15 drops of essential oils per 2 gallons, add the oils after soap has cooled down. another option is usung a soap with a scent. i was told to use unsecented, but the last batch i made i used a dove bar with a scent and it worked just as well. scent was not too strong but present.

-to use the soap, you will need your old laundry detergent container or a container to store this in thats smaller than the big five gallon bucket, fill the container HALF full of the soap you made and the rest with water. shake to mix. the soap is thick like a gel, so dont be alarmed. I hold my container over the five gallon bucket and use a small glass jar to fill the container, so whatever spils goes into bucket.

this recipe yeilds 10 gallons
top load machine 5/8 cup per load (180 loads)
front load machine 1/4 cup per load (640 loads)

(i personally just use the cap on my detergent for measurement)

Let us know what you think! I’m excited to try this!


Laundry Powder

I have used this recipe for several years and love it. It is inexpensive to make and works great. My six year old has not produced many stains that this formula has not battled and battled well.

It is low sudsing so it is safe for HE washers.

The differences you should expect.

  • Commercial laundry powder is highly perfumed – this is not. Clothes will smell and be clean but not fragrant.
  • This will not suds up or foam up.
  • You only use up to 1 tbsp per large load of laundry.
  • Aproximately 13 dollars will make the equivalent of 4 boxes of commercial powder.
First time shopping list. 4 bars Fels-Naptha. 1 large box baking soda(found in laundry aisle not baking aisle). 1 box washing soda. 1 box borax. I can get all of these in the laundry aisle of Publix. Wal-Mart usually has all but the Fels-Naptha.


I have heard of many using a bar soap such as Dove or Dial instead with great results as well. I have only tried the below recipe myself.
1 bar of Fels-Naptha
1 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Washing soda
1 cup Borax
Grate the Fels-Naptha or cut into small blocks and chop it in a blender. I think adding a little of your baking soda and a couple of small pieces of the soap at a time in the blender works best. Process until the powder is as fine as your blender is capable.
Add soap powder / baking soda mixture to other ingredients. I like to store it in a lock and seal type container. Shake this to mix and incorporate together.