Overhead view of both liquid and powdered homemade laundry detergents, showing closeups of the mixtures in wooden spoons.

Liquid Homemade Laundry Detergent

Make in a 5-gallon bucket
Total Time 20 minutes



  • Grate the soap into powder and put it in a pot with water. Heat and stir constantly until the soap is dissolved into the water. 
  • Add the soap solution, the washing soda, the baking soda, the borax, and any essential oils you want to use, to the bucket and stir.
  • Add more hot water, as you continue to stir the ingredients, until they are all dissolved.
  • Cover the bucket and let the detergent cool and gel overnight.
  • Store the detergent in a container with a lid.


It is normal for this detergent to be a bit thicker than store-bought laundry detergents, so don't worry if yours looks a bit gloppy. Just stir it up again before using it.