The Duggar's Laundry Soap Recipe & How-To




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ciennagirl53: your lil helper was too cut.....nice essential oils technique lol. (I thought the lil helper was cute putting the oils in)

David Marinac: great quick tutorial on how it's done -t hanks for sharing. do you find that there are any issues with using this compared to tide?

yahosna40x: Use Dr Bronners Soap Bar or Liquid instead of Fels Naptha...Fels Naptha is a petroleum product....

Jacquie McEvoy: I bought ingredients on amazon easy shopping no lines and cheap! :-)

Joe Ford: I made a batch of this last night. 1/2 bar of felnapa. 1/2cup borax. and 1/2 cup sup washing soda. All in a 5 gallon bucket. Unlike all other recipes mine did not turn into a gel after sitting for 24 hours. Did I do something wrong or is this still okay to use?

Jeneva49: These are great suggestions here in the comment section. Thanks ladies. Guess I'll be stocking up on more vinegar.

Felicity Bradley: A couple questions.... Does this work with h.e. Washers? If so, how much do I use? Can I add some sort of oxy cleaner?

Megan Hood: Where did you buy your essential oils?

SUSIE ANNEIE: Simple, concise, clear and cute~your tutorial is perfect!!!! Thank you

jewellm61: Amazon won't let you choose how they deliver. They choose. Postal delivery won't work if you don't use a mailbox for your residence. They use all services but you cannot say you want UPS and not the Post Office. However, Ace Hardwear will let you choose but you pay if you request home delivery. If they mail to the Ace store of your choice, it's FREE, but you have to go pick it up. They have Arm & Hammer Washing Soda and Borax. Ace has Fels Naptha, but it's expensive. It's convenient to order at Ace if you don't or can't drive. If you use Postal Service it's really convenient. Toilet paper is expensive but convenient if you use a lot and don't want to be bothered at the grocery store. 

lisa40SW .: I've been using this recipe for a few months (I love the Zote flakes available here in our south Florida Wal Mart).....for whites, I still add an 1/8 - 1/4 cup Chlorox (or any generic bleach) in the dispenser. Combines well with this detergent and keeps the white wash bright. Thanks for a great vid! Lisa

TheJanbates: I used the borax, washing soda , and zote..after a few months, my cloths started to smell sour. I tried the washer cleaners which aren't cheap. finally, I took my washer apart. the agitator etc was all covered with a sticky moldy type substance...any advice...wish I could use this inexpensive soap...

jewellm61: By the way, this is a low_sudsing soap. You'll be tempted to add more soap, but don't or it will be too much and will affect the clean feel of your clothes.

jewellm61: Remember that homemade laundry soap separates, so you need to shake well right before you use it. I also mix my soap half and half with water because it's concentrated. Just think! Each 5 gallon bucket makes 10 gallons of laundry soap. Depending on the recipe you use, when you buy your ingredients, pick up 4 bars of laundry soap-Fels Naptha or Zote. That's for 4 batches of concentrated laundry soap; one bar of grated soap per batch/5 gallons of soap. All in all, because you add 50% water to each gallon jug, you'll get 40 gallons of soap from one box of washing soda, one box of Borax, and 4 bars of laundry soap; one bar per batch. Just think how much money you'll save by not buying the store brands and making your own laundry soap. If you need a 5 gallon bucket, get a FREE one from the bakery at your grocery store. They throw them away after they use the frosting for their cakes! They come with a lid too. If a bucket isn't available, ask or call on another day and ask if they can hold thr bucket and lid for you. They won't mind. They'd rather give it to you than throw it away!

jewellm61: Use 1/2 cup white vinegar in rinse water for natural fabric softner. White vinegar also gets out any soap left in the clothes, and helps get rid of soap scum in your machine! For storing your soap, use gallon juice containers. They are very sturdy. I especially like White House 100% apple juice and Arizona tea with ginseng and honey. Of course milk jugs are fine, too, but I find that over time, the milk jugs begin to dimple. I've never had one burst on me, but I never kept one long enough to find out!

Danielle Brown: I love it when uploaders cut through the chase and get straight to the point...thank u=)

Sara Louise: Sure! I use Lux soap flakes, Lectric Washing Soda and Bare Essentials Borax. Plus whatever essential oil I feel like for that season!

Cati Ellen: I had the same experience! Cutting out the fels naptha did help a little, actually, but still not great. Our whites look horrible! Hmpf.

Mary Weikel: Rheal Desmarais:) I tried the duggar recipe and had trouble removing any type of stain and I had to use about half cup to 3/4 cup of it for each load. I got a little frustrated with it so have been buying for the past 2 months... I am gonna try your recipe! thx for sharing!! How much do you use per load?

swatson1190: Walmart

Laurel Ryder: Instead of dryer sheets use 6 cups white vinegar to 1 cup of baking soda mix completely and add 1 cup to the raise cycle. Or you can use just 1 cup of white vinegar. This should help with the stiffness.

co schaefer: When i make this recipe I also add 1 cup of baking soda(, I still use the washer soap) this makes the clothes soft. The powder only works well in warm or hot water, at least that is my experience.

CandidMommy: Usually just once and after that a little shake/swirl will do (-:

HatchedByTwoChicks: We usethe same recipe! Love it! :) The mason jar idea is super cute!

amber black: do youstill use this?

jewellm61: I like the idea of adding essential oils because they have antibacterial properties plus they smell nice. Do you know how many drops of the oils you use in your recipe?

Of Pandas and Pirates: I make a homemade powdered detergent and I love it. The liquid variety looks nice too.

Janie Dee: Have you used it dry? That way no hauling heavy buckets around. Just an idea. God Bless to You and Yours

jewellm61: If you like fragrance, you can add about 20 drops of an antibacterial essential oil to your bucket and stir well. Popular scents are lavender, tea tree oil, or lemon. You can mix it up and add a little of several fragrances or limit your fragrance to just one scent. Be adventurous!

truthgha: Do you have any suggestions to online drying clothes, so they are not so stiff, other than the vinegar addition suggestion that is. My towels are especially stiff..

jewellm61: For a natural fabric softener, add 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to the rinse cycle. It's okay to pour right on top of the clothes as the water is running. Your clothes will NOT smell like vinegar. The vinegar will rinse away any residual soap from your clothes. It will also clean your washer of any soap scum!

Blackstar1401: Does this gel a second time or does it just need stirred?

rbeal89: She did make this video already however, this one is more to the point and easier to follow. :)

thegoinggreenmama: I make this recipe but in powder. :) I like the powder a little better than liquid. (It's faster to make) ;)

ShelliKittens: YES. Also, if you use vinegar in your rinse cycle you'll eliminate the need for occasionally having to use a HE washer cleaning product to eliminate the smell that tends to develop over time. The reason that smell develops in the first place is water gets trapped in the rubber seal around the door opening, causing standing water that doesn't get a chance to evaporate because you usually keep the door closed. Also, using a standby towel to dry the seal when done will help keep that odor at bay

angiepie111: Is fels naptha the same as Sunlight soap? IE plain soap? I've not heard of it before, but then again I'm in Australia. Haha.

Caitlin H: My husband is one of those guys that only wears band tshirts, and 99% of them are black. We started using this soap about six months ago and all his shirts still look the same.

Tonya Simpson: i had that happen and I added a bit more borax and soda on the next batch and it cleared up that problem. the waterier batch will be fine..

marianaalexa: Does anyone have good feed back on the quality of washing that this recipe provides?? I have four kids and endless amnt of laundry!!:)

Lori Adams: I never thought I would want to take the time to make my own. Watching this, I think I will give it a try!!! Good learning project the kids and I can do together.

Joy Tovar: Hi I would like to know if fels napha is safe for baby clothes. Thanks.

Aisha M: We never had any trouble with our baby's clothes and the recipe. You don't have to use the Fels Naptha soap, though.

Megan Martin: I'm scared! But this weekend I'm going for it!

Me: How you avoid the goopy side of powder is put the 2 tablespoons of dry into a jar with hot water. Shake well and pour into washer just as you would do with liquid soap. Easy peasy. : )

myastroflight: Can you tell me the brand names of the products you use please. Maybe, just maybe they are also available in NZ, but I doubt it. NZ is still 3rd world back blocks in so many ways.

Dottie Spottie: Is there an alternative to Borax? Cause it's not available in my country..:(

Amanda Baldwin: Thank you! Guess what people are getting for Christmas this year?

Sara Louise: When I make laundry liquid it lasts 3 months. That's a bit of work once a season compared to travelling to the supermarket and purchasing laundry liquid roughly 6 times in that 3 months. Also, it's SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper. I don't know where you live, but in Australia a leading brand laundry liquid is roughly $90 Australian dollars for 10 Litres, using my recipe I can make 10 Litres of my own for around $1.75 AUD. Lastly and most importantly, there are no harsh chemicals and toxins in it. :)

The Witt Family: i tried the dry version of this was naff!! definitely going to give this one ago :)

mshillside: I love this soap its reasonable. It really works. I used this soap for a year. It's comparable to tide which was all i've use in the past. I don't use essential oils. This soap has a natural lemon scent to me. This recipe saved $400 last year.

Living Social: I got a groupon from Miami and almost got tricked. The description was way off for that the deal they were offering. I found groupon reviews that several people had the same issue. Luckily Groupon honor a refund, but my time was wasted.
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The Duggar's Laundry Soap Recipe & How-To 4.9 out of 5

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