Duggar Laundry Soap Recipe

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The Duggar family is famous for many things, and one of them is their Duggar laundry soap recipe.

With 19 kids, and a commitment to lead a debt free life, the Duggars have had to figure out how to make the most of the money they have.

One of the ways they do this is by making their own homemade laundry soap, instead of buying a commercial product.

On the Duggar's website they provide two recipes for their laundry soap, one a liquid and the other a powder. (***Update: It appears they've removed the powdered version from their website, so I would assume they are only using the liquid version now. ***End Update)


The ingredients for both the liquid and powdered laundry detergent recipe include:In addition, when making the liquid version of the laundry soap they add 4 cups of hot water, plus additional hot water to fill almost the entire 5 gallon bucket, and then even more water later. (This recipe makes almost 10 gallons of laundry soap!!!)

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To make this liquid version you should grate the bar of soap up, and add those shavings into the 4 cups of hot water that you've got in a saucepan over the stove. Keep the water at medium-low heat, and keep stirring the water and soap shavings until the soap melts and it is all combined.

Then, use a large 5 gallon bucket to combine all the ingredients, first filling this bucket about half way full of additional hot water.

Next, add the melted soap mixture, and the other powder ingredients, including the borax and washing soda, into the bucket of hot water, and then stir thoroughly until all the powder dissolves and everything is thoroughly combined.

Next, add additional hot water to the bucket until it's
almost full, and then leave overnight to allow it to congeal and gel a bit as it cools.

The next day, add some of this cooled mixture to an old laundry detergent jug, about halfway full, and then fill the jug the rest of the way with more hot water. Shake thoroughly before each use.

If you'd like to add scent using essential oils, you do this once it's been added to the laundry detergent jug, and add approximately 10 drops for every 2 gallons of laundry soap.

If you'd like ideas for good essential oil scent blends for homemade laundry products, check out this article here.

9 essential oils recipes: suggested scent blends for homemade laundry products

How much to use per load?

The answer depends if you've got a top loading versus front loading machine.

You should use approximately 1/2 to 5/8 of a cup in a top loader, but only about 1/4 of a cup in a front loader.

You can check out the website for full directions, but with just these few ingredients they make 10 gallons of liquid laundry detergent!

With those 10 gallons they say they can do either 180 loads of laundry for a top loading washing machine, or 640 loads in a front loading washing machine when they make it into a liquid.

Here's the recipe for the liquid version.

The say each batch costs $2, meaning they do between 180-640 loads of laundry for $2.

Wow! That is a cost savings!

I can see why the Duggars, and frankly anyone, might consider making their own laundry detergent when you can save this much money.

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In addition, you can read homemade laundry detergent recipes I recommend here.

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Septic tank friendly
by: Anonymous

Is this HE washer and septic field friendly?

this is my favorite recipe!
by: Anonymous

For over a year now I have been making my own laundry detergent. A quick search of the web will net you many different recipes. My favorite I found on the Duggar's website. I have spent about $6 over the last year on DIY detergent and I've only had to make it twice! Good for HE washers!!

I use this recipe!
by: Carol Dingwell

I make my own laundry soap using the Dugger Family recipe. That's the family with the nineteen kids. Super cheap and works just as well. I make it in a five gallon bucket and then transfer into milk jugs.

this is awesome
by: Karen

The detergent on the Duggar Family website is awesome! Just pennies a load. All you need is a 5 gallon bucket that has a lid and a few ingredients. Works great, smells good, and is super cheap! I think one batch makes enough for 600 or more loads! I have not purchased detergent in 2 or 3 years!

Use Homemade for All but Whites
by: Anonymous

I use the Duggar Laundry Soap Recipe for everything but whites. I do prefer the commercial detergent with brighteners for whites, but am perfectly satisfied with the homemade soap for everything else and I still save lots of money.

Optical Whitners
by: Anonymous

Most commercial soaps use "optical whiteners" so that your clothing appears whiter. This recipe does not. Using this along with bleach on whites will give you the same effect.

HE Cabrio washer says suds detected
by: Jackie

I've used the duggar recipe for 7 months now and in the last two weeks my washer says suds detected...I'm confused since it's supposed to be a low suds detergent. Any suggestions?

Didn't make my clothes as bright as Tide
by: Stephanie

I made homemade detergent for maybe 6 months. Sorry ladies, I had to go back to Tide. I did save $$ on detergent, but my clothes were just not bright. I used the Duggar's recipe.

This is a great recipe
by: Casey

I've been making my own laundry detergent for a year thanks to the Duggar's website!! A batch lasts about 6 months for my family of 4!!!!

Love the Duggars
by: Julie

I love the Duggars! It really is amazing how they can pay for all those kids.

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