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Making your own liquid laundry detergent.

Living on the Coast of Mississippi with 2 very active kids, a puppy and a husband, we do lots of outdoor activities. We play sports, ride bikes along Waveland Beach, go to the splash pad, play in the sand, swim at the pool and so on. With all of this come a lot of…….CLOTHES WASHING!  Not where you thought I was going with this huh?! HA! Well, I have so many clothes, towels, swimsuits & various sports uniforms that pile up in my washroom. Because I  wash clothes everyday, I used a massive amount of detergent. This can become quite costly. The light bulb went off!  “Let’s make our OWN laundry soap” I told my husband with excitement!  I figured it would save me money & the aggravation of having to haul home those heavy bottles from our local club store. I loaded my husband and kids in the car and headed out to the store.  We were able to find everything at one store!  woot woot!

Bucket, Washing Soda, Fels-Naptha, Borax and a mixer blade to make laundry detergent.

Items required to make washing detergent at home.

Always wear eye protection and gloves when dealing with chemicals of any type.

This is what we got!

  • A five gallon bucket & lid (one time purchase)

  • A bar of Fels Naptha soap

  • A box of Borax

  • A box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda


Once we were back at home, we immediately got to making the laundry soap.  It took no time at all. Within 30 minutes, we had our first batch of detergent.  I was so excited!  I could not wait to use it!  It worked just as well as any of the brand name soaps and was a fraction of the cost. It no longer pains me to fill that little measuring cup of liquid soap on a daily basis.

Besides water here are the three main ingredients in home made laundry detergent.
Clothes washing detergent from water and 3 base products.

By the way….you can get started on this for about $12!  Yep…that’s all!  The second batch of laundry soap and every batch after that will cost even less since you won’t have to buy the bucket again!

Here’s what you do to make home made laundry detergent:

  1. Grate the whole bar of Fels Naptha soap. I used a regular box cheese grater.

  2. Put the grated soap bar in a pot of hot water and continue to heat on medium low until all soap chunks are dissolved.  The soapy water will be a bit foamy.

  3. Fill the five gallon bucket half full with hot water.

  4. Pour in the hot soapy water mixture.

  5. Add 1 cup Super Washing Soda.

  6. Add ½ cup Borax (I sometimes add as much as a cup).

  7. Stir that up.  A long wooden paint stirrer works well.  You can also use a paint stirrer that attaches to a power drill. Use whatever you have.

  8. Fill the bucket up to the top with more water. Give it another quick stir.  Snap the lid on.

  9. Let it sit overnight.

The next day you can fill up your containers with the soap.  I saved my old bottle of laundry detergent to fill, but you can use anything you wish (milk jugs, etc.). I leave the rest of the soap in the five gallon bucket until I am ready to transfer it.


Happy Washing Y’all!

Old Town Vintage Shopping Guide

Vintage shopping guide Old Town Bay St Louis
Right now Vintage Shopping is H-O-T, hot in Old Town Bay St. Louis! There is just something so awesome about finding a great old piece of clothing or a hip accessory to add to your wardrobe.  You know the saying “everying old is new again”.  Well that statement holds true for fashion as well.  Take a look at today’s fashions, you will see flashes of what your mother used to wear.  Only now it is worn a little different.  You can jazz up a vintage skirt by adding a chuncky belt and hip sandles.  Old Town Bay St. Louis has a couple of very cool vintage boutiques that take great pride in having the best hand picked pieces. The owners are there to help you along in finding the best pieces for you.  Visit Old Town for a spectacular shopping experience.  

Identity Vintage
Century Hall