How to Make Your Own Laundry Soap Like Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar (from TLC's 17 Kids and Counting)

Making your own laundry detergent is a simple project that you can whip up in your own kitchen. All you need is a few common household ingredients and a little time and patience. Because your concoction won't have the harsh chemicals and high prices associated with manufacturers' brands, your skin and wallet will love it.

Step 1

Grate your bar of soap. It's easier if you use a crank grater. If you use a regular box or flat grater, watch your fingers.

Step 2

Mix the grated soap and 3 pt. of water in a sauce pan on low heat, until the soap gratings have dissolved.

Step 3

Stir in washing soda and Borax. Stir until thickened.

Step 4

Remove from heat, and add 1 qt. of hot water to the 2-gallon container.

Step 5

Add the soap mixture to the container. Mix well. If your container has a wide mouth, use a stirrer. If it has a narrow mouth, put the lid on and shake it.

Step 6

Add more hot water to the container until it's almost full, leaving just enough room to mix it. Mix once more.

Step 7

Let the mixture set for 24 hours, or until it has thickened.

Step 8

Use 1/2 cup per full load to clean your laundry.


Add a few drops of essential oil for scent, if you'd like.

Things You'll Need

  • Grater

  • 1/3 bar of soap

  • Sauce pan

  • 1/2 cup washing soda

  • 1/2 cup Borax

  • 2-gallon container with lid