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Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent



  1. In a large saucepan, bring 6 cups of water to a slight boil. Once the water begins to boil, turn off the burner and add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir to dissolve.
  2. In a large bucket (I use a 2 gallon bucket from the hardware store), combine the remaining 11 cups of room-temperature water and 1 cup Dr. Bronner's Liquid Soap
  3. -15 drops Essential Oil (optional).
  4. Pour the hot Borax mixture from the saucepan into the bucket.
  5. Stir the mixture together.
  6. Pour your mixture into desired storage container. I use a glass jar, like this, which I found at Target for a few dollars.
  7. As the soap sits, the mixture may form into a gel. There may also be liquid and gel separation, simply stir or shake. This is normal. I use 1/8-1/4 a cup of soap per load of laundry. For stains, I use a small amount of soap directly on the stain. The gel will dissolve in the water of the washing machine.