$0.25/a gallon for Laundry Detergent

Found this recipe on the Duggar’s website.   It is a great and cheap alternative – especially useful for those with skin sensitivities as it is dye and fragrance-free.   I’ll have to try this when we run out of detergent!

Ingredients needed:

Very hot water

Ivory Soap

Washing soda (or soda ash)



– Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

Also, she has a recipe for powdered laundry detergent!

I haven’t tried this recipe yet, so if any of you do let me know!   I’d love to know how it turned out!


  1. Mud Pies For Mommy says:

    I love all of your ideas. I will have to try the flower one with my four year old.

  2. I was surfing forums about blogs and I found a post of yours. I really like what you said: “What do you like to do? What are you really interested in? That is what I write about…”

    So I found your site and I like the things you cover. You show a real passion for your childrens learning. I especially like how you use their natural curiosity.

    First I am interested in making the things we consume everyday naturally. Like they did when they had ingredients you could pronounce. When I make bread it only takes eight ingredients. It is better than any bakery or store bread.

    My comment on this post is really a question?

    Can you tell me the measurements of these ingredients?
    I really dowant to give this a try.

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