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DIY Liquid Laundry Detergent


  • 4 cups hot boiled water
  • 1 Bath Bar
  • 1 cup washing soda (not the same as Baking Soda, you'll find it on the detergent isle in most stores)
  • 1/4 cup Borax
  • 30 drops Lavender essential oil 
  • 30 drops Lemon essential oil 
  • 30 drops Grapefruit OR Clove essential oil 


  1. Grate the soap bar using the coarse side of you cheese grater.  
  2. Combine the soap flakes and hot water in a large saucepan.  Stir over medium-low heat until the soap is melted.
  3. Fill the 5 gallon bucket half full with very hot water.  
  4. Add the melted soap mixture, the washing soda, and the borax.  Stir until all the powder is dissolved.
  5. Fill the rest of the bucket with very hot water.  Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
  6. The next morning, stir the essential oils into the laundry soap mixture.
  7. Transfer you detergent to a bunch of clean used laundry jugs, or find new ones here.