Duggar Laundry Soap

Does anyone have a recipe for the duggar laundry soap? I heard them mention it on TV a while back, but never got around to jotting down the recipe. We are trying to cut back on what we spent and I figured I’d give this homemade laundry soap a try.

Thanks in advance.

Julia

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  1. Christine says

    Here are the Dugger laundry recipes, from their website.
    Duggar Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value

    4 Cups – hot tap water
    1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
    1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
    ½ Cup Borax

    – Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

    -Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

    -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. (will gel)

    -Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

    -Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

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

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

    *Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda” – in some stores or may be purchased online. Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It must be sodium carbonate!!

    Powdered Laundry Detergent – Top load machine

    1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
    1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
    ½ Cup Borax

    -Grate soap or break into pieces and process in a food processor until powdered. Mix all ingredients. For light load, use 1 Tablespoon. For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 Tablespoons. Yields: 3 Cups detergent. (Approx. 40 loads)

    TIPS FOR LAUNDRY SOAP: We use Fels-Naptha bar soap in the homemade soap recipes, but you can use Ivory, Sunlight, Kirk’s Hardwater Castile or Zote bars. Don’t use heavily perfumed soaps. We buy Fels-Naptha by the case from our local grocer or online. Washing Soda and Borax can often be found on the laundry or cleaning aisle. Recipe cost approx. $2 per batch.

  2. Andrea says

    The website for the Duggar family recipes is where I went to get the recipe for their liquid soap. I just started using it last week and it has cleaned all my clothes better than any store bought detergent that I have used. The only suggestion I would give is that you go get a paint stir stick for a 5 gallon bucket (you should be able to get it for free) so that you can mix the detergent after it settles because it will gel… like jello. :) good luck!
    http://www.duggarfamily.com/recipes.html

  3. sara says

    Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value

    4 Cups – hot tap water
    1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
    1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
    ½ Cup Borax

    – Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

    -Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

    -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. (will gel)

    -Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

    -Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

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

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

    *Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda” – in some stores or may be purchased online here (at Meijer.com). Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It must be sodium carbonate!!
    I had to look it up on thier site. I also seen it in the book and here it is. I haven’t tried it yet myself at all.

  4. Michelle says

    I have used this recipe for over a year! It is so inexpensive to make and gets my clothes just as clean as regular laundry detergent.

  5. Jenn says

    I have begun to use this detergent as well. Has anyone noticed that it doesn’t seem to suds? I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing? I keep thinking I’ve done something wrong when mixing it. It has gelled, but there is a really liquidy component to it as well.

    • LisaE says

      Laundry soap does not need to “sud” to work, this is a common misconception. Low-sudsing soap is so much better for wash machines anyway. I doubt you did anything wrong in the mixing of your soap, if you have funneled some detergent into an old detergent bottle, simply give it a good shake or two before using.

  6. Bethany says

    I make this soap a lot (with Aurora instead of fels Naptha). We use it for all our laundry in the front loader and it works geat! I do only add about 1oz per load though. Everything comes out clean and sparkling. I do buy the soap for the cloth diapers though because I don’t want to risk the possibility of build-up and then having to strip them…

    There is one step I do that isn’t mentioned though.

    When everything is in the bin andd starting to set, it tends to separate a bit and go lumpy. I stick my immersion blender in it for a few quick blitzes and WAA-LAA!! It sets overnight into a night thick gel block. Super smooth and easy to scoop!!

  7. Emily says

    Another great tip for this is to use a paint stirring attachment on your drill. My husband does this for me and it works great. My only complaint with this recipe is that it is kind of hard to mix and using the drill makes a big difference.

  8. Lisa says

    I have used the powdered version for about a year now and I will never go back to store bought. It works much better, even on my husband’s dirty greasy work clothes. Takes out smells too. I usually make a dowble batch using 1 bar Fels Naptha and the equivalent amount of the “free” hotel soaps. Works great! I also have a recipe for dishwasher detergent but haven’t tried that yet.

  9. says

    I’ve been doing this same recipe for about 2 years – always works great – my friends think I’m nuts but I LOVE saving $$$

  10. Lia says

    I have used this soap many times. My kids really enjoy making it. You do have to shake or stir it alot and it isn’t as effective for hard water, but since the cost is so low, I add in an oxygen based cleaner. I use my favorite bar soap (Caress or Yardley Lavender) My husband thought I was nuts, but I made bottles of it for Christmas presents this year so that the rest of my family could try it without having to make 5 gallons. It was a hit and I included the recipe so they could all make their own.

    • Shari says

      I’ve kept mine for over a year and it never went bad. The reason I had it so long was that I used other detergents for our cloth diapers and my dd’s would often use that detergent instead of the homemade. Made the homemade last a looonnnggg time!! Now we’ve stopped using cloth dipes and so we’re using nothing but the homemade detergent. We love it!

      P.S. We do have hard water so I was told we could add extra borax or washing soda to help with that. Just fyi!

  11. Debra says

    I have been using this soap for about 2 months now and I find that it is doing a fine job. I dont think I will ever go back to store bought soap, it is so expensive. And I like that it has a real lite smell. I found out alot about it and so I knew it would not suds up and that it might look unappealing because it forms that thick gel but that is normal and it works good.

  12. Merri says

    I have been using this recipe for over a year now. I tried the essential oils, but I liked the smell of regular detergent. I purchased a small bottle of detergent and poured half of it into the five gallon bucket along woth the standard recipe. It smells and looks like my regular brand.

  13. Mary says

    Why would you want your clothes to smell like laundry detergent. I have used the Duggasr’s powdered version for over a year. I also use white vinegar (2 tbls.) as a rinse. Love it. Gave all my store bought soap and softener away. Will not go back to store bought. My clothes smell like clothes, No perfume smell or feel. Thank you Duggars.

  14. April says

    I was wondering where to find washing soda and borax i looked in the laundry aisle and the cleaning it wasnt there. any ideas

  15. April says

    how many ounces is the fel naptha bar? just wondering because i found a zote bar and it seems to be twice the size of the fels naptha can i use half of the zote bar?

    • Angela says

      I believe the Fels Naptha bar is 5.5 oz. You can also use other soaps as well. My mom makes her own soap and uses that and it works just fine. I have hard water in my area so I double the amount of borax and washing soda. Also with each load I add in a bit of cheap oxygen bleach that I get at the dollar store. I love this soap and even with my doubling ingredients and add-ins, it still is much cheaper than store bought!

  16. Grams says

    I read somewhere that if you are going to use the “grey water” that borax is a bad choice. Since it kills the soil. I just read this somewhere, not sure of it validity. But I don’t want to kill my garden. So I am trying to find recipes for bar soap and laundry soap without borax.

  17. says

    We made this detergent last weekend and had SO much fun! It was simple that we thought surely we had done something wrong! It cleans like a dream and is SO cheap!! 2 Thumbs Up!

  18. Elizabeth says

    I am loving this soap.. Does anyone have the reciepe for the fabric softner? I am allergic to most softners and detergents and this is perfect because it doesn’t have any perfume in it .

  19. Laura in Ohio says

    TO USE THE POWDERED HOME-MADE LAUNDRY SOAP IN AN ‘HE’ WASHER:

    PUT 1 TABLESPOON OF SOAP INTO THE ‘HOLE’ (IF CLOTHES ARE SUPER DIRTY USE 2 TABLESPOONS), THEN POUR IN ABOUT ONE CUP OF VERY HOT WATER. THAT’S IT.

    THIS HELPS TO DISOLVE THE GRATED BAR SOAP PART OF THE RECIPE.

    I DO THIS IN MY CONVENTIONAL TOP-LOAD WASHER BY FILLING THE BOTTOM OF WASHER WITH A COUPLE INCHES OF HOT WATER, ADDING THE SOAP POWDER, THEN TWISTING THE AGITATOR A FEW TIMES TO DISSOLVE THE SOAP, THEN FILL REST OF WASHER WITH COLD . ONLY TAKES AN EXTRA MINUTE. I ALWAYS WASH WITH COLD WATER, AND EVERYTHING TURNS OUT GREAT. HAVE BEEN MAKING THE POWDERED VERSION FOR OVER A YEAR, AND LOVE IT.

  20. Jane says

    I love making my own laundry detergent but I use a different (but very similar) recipe – mine uses a full cup of Borax and it cleans great. We have hard water but also have a softner so I use about 1/4 C. for my hE (front doading) washer. I do add some dollar store Oxygenated cleaner if the load is really nasty or throw in some bleach with whites. As for the gelling of the detergent, I keep a very long handled whisk – it’s long enough to fit into the bottom of the 5 gal. bucket – and just leave it in the detergent bucket. I give it a stir when I need to. The whisk is stainless steel so it doesn’t rust or get nasty – I wash it between batches. I got it at a restaurant supply store for under $5. so if I need it for other uses, I can just wash it well, and it’s good to go.

  21. lil'angel says

    My daughter and I were very excited when we found this recipe.We went out and bought the ingrediants…she found the naptha and I found the Zote ( Zote has whitners) so we went half and half on the soaps as well as on the cost.My husband and son in law laughed us off saying we were on another crazy binge.Well lo and behold !!! Their T-shirts came out amazing as did my dingy kitchen towels !!!! I did add a small scoop of that cheap off brand oxygen stuff (just cause I had it already). THANK Y’ALL !!!!!!!! Our guys had to swallow their words…LOL !!!!!!!

  22. Greg says

    I would like to offer the following suggestion.
    If you would like to super charge the cleaning ability of this homemade detergent add 1/2 cup of Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) per batch of detergent.
    TSP can be found in the paint department of you local Lowes or Home Depot.
    Be sure and get the real TSP and not the TSP substitute that they carry.
    The Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda is Sodium Carbonate, this is actually a substitute for real TSP.
    If you choose to use real TSP you can omit the Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda is Sodium Carbonate and replace with 1/2 cup TSP per batch.
    You will find this will result in greatly enhanced cleaning power of you detergent formulation.

    Regards.

  23. Leighann says

    I made the laundry detergent and it didn’t thicken up over night. I followed the instructions, I don’t know what I did wrong.

  24. katie haag says

    My fells naptha soap is not quite getting to powder consistency in the food processor. I even grated it first by hand. Will this be an issue?

  25. Gwen says

    We made this liquid detergent recipe for the first time in February and fell in love with it. I just made my second batch this past weekend. I do a lot of laundry and this detergent gets everything really clean and fresh, lasts a long time, and only takes about twenty minutes to make. It also keeps the “funky” washer smell away. So far, everyone of my friends and family who have tried it, really love it.

  26. Jane Dahl says

    Does Duggar’s homemade soap cause scum….also is soap better for clothes than detergent? Does soap cause build-up in the washing machine?

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