Duggar’s Laundry Soap Recipe – So Easy!



I wish I had discovered how to make my own homemade liquid
laundry soap years ago! Honestly, the BEST thing I have accomplished lately. I call it an “accomplishment” (even though it is easier than buttering toast), because I feel proud of this recent challenge. Even though this recipe has been posted since the beginning of time..
I somehow missed the opportunity to get on board! This still blows my mind.

You will love the benefits of homemade laundry soap…

  • Cost efficient..One of the best things about making your own laundry soap is the cost savings! This is such a brilliant way to cut down on your grocery budget that I am sure you will never look back!
  • Safe for babies! Natural stain remover, fabric softener and odor remover.
  • Only 3 ingredients required. No fancy list of ingredients and chemicals or skin irritants.
  • Scent free! With the option to add your own
    scent using essential oils.

Crisp and fresh laundry…with no compromises

Lets talk about the products:


What is it and where can I get it? Borax, also called sodium borate, is a natural occurring substance. It is a mineral, and a salt of boric acid. It is typical to find it used as a cleaning agent in a lot of natural products. You will find Borax in the laundry cleaning isle of your grocery store. I purchase mine for under $5 at Mountain Rose Herbs online. I purchase many of my natural products from there so I just make Borax part of my shipping order too.

Washing Soda

Washing Soda is also called washingsodaensodium carbonate and is made from salt and lime stone. You will also find washing soda at your local grocery store.

Below is the Duggar family laundry soap recipe that I use:


2  Cups – hot tap water
1/2  Fels-Naptha soap bar
(I use Dr. Bronner’s baby soap bar)
1/2 Cup washing soda
1/4 Cup Borax


  1. Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
  2. Fill a 5 gallon bucket (approx. 10 Litres) 1/4 full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to half way with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
  3. 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 as it will gel and separate when it sits.
  4. Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Some ideas for fresh smelling laundry would be: lavender, rosemary , or tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 5 gallons.

Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

Q: Can this recipe be used for an HE washing machine? A: Yes, I have an HE and it works great!
Have you ever thought about making your own laundry soap? Feel free to comment below and share your experiences.


  1. // Reply

    Making your own laundry soap. Wow that a first. I had never know that you can make your own soap. I usually thought that it involve some complex chemical process (you know those things that can go BOOM) that can only be manufacture from a lab or factory. Now I know that it is not hard at all to make your own soap. How well or effective does homemade soap compare to the market soap?

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      Hi Lucas, Thank you for visiting my site! Yes, great question… does the laundry soap hold up to say Tide or other market soaps! In short – YES! But because the cleaning is with more gentle ingredients and you are skipping the harsh chemicals, there does need to be extra TLC when getting out tough stains. But for everyday laundry, you won’t notice a difference except for the scent. Since I have been making my own natural soap I have noticed how powerful the smell of other products really are. If you like that bold smell you may want to add some essential oils to your recipe. Some suggestions would be Lavender, Citrus, Tea Tree Oil or Eucalyptus.

      As a note, for stains, I usually rub the soap on the stain and mix in some baking soda and let it sit for 15 min before I wash.

      One of the big bonuses of making your own soap is the cost savings. You will notice a big difference!

      I hope I have answered your questions:)


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    hi there,
    thanks for the interesting post, i never knew you could make your own soap and it seems so simple to make. You might want to add a picture of a soap you’ve made so wee can see what it looks like.
    I’ve not heard of some of the ingredients before, what is borax and where would i be able to get it from? Also can you use any other soap bars?

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      Hi Adam, Thank you for your post and some interesting questions…

      Borax (sodium borate) is a natural occurring mineral found in many natural products. You can find it at your local grocery store in the laundry isle. A 2Kg box will retail approximately $5 in Canada. This will last years!

      Washing soda (sodium carbonate) is also a natural product made from salt and limestone. I found my washing soda at my local health food grocery store. I paid close to $8 for a 2Kg box. This will also last a long time.

      Dr. Bronner’s soap is just my personal favorite soap bar because it does the job and it is 100% pure castile soap with natural organic ingredients (I use Dr. Bronner’s to make many houshold and beauty products). Although I recommend Dr. Bronner’s soaps, there are many alternatives to choose from, just make sure the soap bar you choose is a natural bar soap.

      I hope this helped answer your questions. I am glad I could introduce you to the idea of making your own laundry soap!


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    Hi Rachel,
    I’ve been thinking for making my own laundry soap, especially because my baby has sensitive skin, so I try to avoid chemical as much as possible.
    The problem is now I live in Singapore, I don’t think I can order from MountainRoseHerb. And I have not seen borax sold in general supermarket either.
    So, do you have any idea where can I find borax? Perhaps any specialty store? I have no clue right now.

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      Hi Rina,

      Thank you for looking into this great recipe for laundry soap.To answer your question, I have been successful in finding Borax at my local grocer or health store. If you cannot find it in Singapore grocery stores, you could consider buying it on Amazon.com. I know the shipping can be expensive but sometimes you can find free shipping rates.

      Another option for liquid laundry soap is to use Dr. Bronner’s as a laundry soap. It is 100% natural and an even better option to keep your soap all natural. I found a store in Singapore that you can purchase Dr. Bronner’s liquid soaps from:

      Here is the link http://www.natures-glory.com/ – They are located on Outram Road in Singapore.

      Here is the recipe for laundry soap without Borax:

      This makes a full gallon of laundry soap, which will last 64 loads. Here’s what you need:


      1 cup Dr. Bronner’s pure castile liquid soap1 cup baking soda2 cups water1/3 cup salt

      Warm the water and mix with salt and baking soda until dissolved. Pour into a one-gallon container. Add the Dr. Bronner’s and fill the remainder of the gallon jar with water. Use 1/4 cup of laundry soap per load.

      This laundry soap doesn’t create suds, but it doesn’t need to in order to get your laundry clean.

      I hope this helps. Let me know how you make out. I will also post this recipe as an alternative on my website. Thanks!


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    Hi Rachel,

    I love practical money saving tips and this is a great one. Homemade laundry soap, what an easy to create functional product.

    One quick question. Have you ever done a little comparison per month or year on how much you can save on laundry soap by making it yourself?

    Thanks for the info,

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      Hi Todd, thank you for the question. To answer, I knew making my laundry soap was much cheaper but I never really realized how much cheaper until the last time I made it. It may sound crazy but I estimated it costs less than $1 for a 6.2L jug.( I use my old laundry soap jug). This jug will last my family about a month, maybe even 6 weeks.

      I hope that answers your question. I highly suggest making it yourself and I think you will be pleasantly surprised! My only advice is to cut the recipe into 1/4. Seriously. I have way too much back up waiting to be used. I do plan to change my measurements very soon to make it a little more user friendly.

      Have a great day,


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    Hey Rachel:

    Thank you for this information. It will be fun trying it out, I am thinking.

    I am liking your website. It has a lovely, homey welcoming feel to it. The colors and the arrangement of the elements of the website are lovely. I like that you present clear pictures and instructions that are easy to follow.

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      Hello Netta,

      How kind of you to offer such nice words. Thank you for taking the time to check out my website.

      As far as the homemade laundry soap – you can’t go wrong! You will not only be saving your skin from perfumes and harsh chemicals in a lot of commercial brands, but you will also be saving your bank account a ton of cash. Let me know how it turns out for you! Feel free to cut the recipe in half if you don’t want to store a lot of extra. The recipe I posted will last months!


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    I’ve actually been considering making my own laundry soap as my husband and two children both have super sensitive skin. Do you know if the borax or the soap bar that you grate are commonly found to be skin irritants?
    Also, I don’t have any essential oils – do you know of another way to give it a slight (not over-powering) scent?

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    Hi Marlaine…borax can be harsh and irritating to some people so you may want to try a small test batch first. If you purchase the baby uncented bar of Dr. Bronner’s you will be safe from any irritation using my recipe as long as you can stand the borox.. I know my whole family is completely fine with it. You do not need to use any essential oils..they are optional. However, if you like scented…essential oils are the best and purest way to go. You really can add any scent you prefer.

    If you do find irritation because of the borax..try making a recipe from Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap without borax.

    What You Need

    1 cup Dr. Bronner’s pure castile liquid soap
    1 cup baking soda
    2 cups water
    1/3 cup salt

    Warm the water and mix with salt and baking soda until dissolved. Pour into a one-gallon container. Add the Dr. Bronner’s and fill the remainder of the gallon jar with water. Use 1/4 cup of laundry soap per load.

    This makes a full gallon of laundry soap, which will last 64 loads.

    Good luck. And let me know how it goes☺


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