Homemade Liquid Baby Laundry Detergent

Homemade Liquid Baby Laundry Detergent

As most of you know I am currently what feels like 50 months pregnant (38 weeks 5 days) I am trying to find cheap & easy ways to make my life and parenting easy. There is an awful lot to learn for this first time mom!  I decided to make my laundry detergent for my little man. I have used it to wash all of his clothes already and loving it. Here is my recipe.

What you will need

1 cup Borax

1 cup A&H Washing Soda (make sure its washing soda)

1 bar of Johnson Baby Bar Soap– Grated

2 gallons of Water

Storage container for liquid after made.

Homemade Liquid Baby Detergent

Grate the Johnson Baby Bar



Put 2 gallons of water in a pan. Add 1 cup of both Borex & Washing Soda, then add the grated soap.



Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir until it begins to get thick gel like.



Pour into container and use 1/2 cup per load of laundry.

Homemade Liquid Baby Detergent

You may have to shake container before each use depending on how gel like it becomes.




  1. Wow, that looks fairly simple!

  2. Rebecca G says:

    I have been toying with making my own laundry soap but my daughter has excema really bad and seems to react to Johnson’s & Johnson’s the worst. What would you recommend using in place of the soap? We have been using Aveeno for her baths.

    • Stephanie Rose says:

      Hi Rebecca,

      I would recommend Ivory. My daughter has very sensitive skin and Ivory works well for us. Come let us know if you give it a try.

    • I would use some kind of castile soap – it is natural and will be much better than Ivory or anything else. Try Dr. Bronner’s.

  3. in your post you say make sure to use Washing Soda, but in the picture it looks like just regular arm and hammer baking soda, is there a difference?

  4. I am looking for new things to try out and I am actually 6 months pregnant right now and would really like try but Im located Chicago, where would I be able to find a Johnson & Johnson Baby Bar of Soap?

    • Stephanie Rose says:

      Hi Carmen in my Walmart it’s located in the baby aisle and the baby section of the soap aisle. If you are not able to find it Ivory soap works really well since it is hypoallergenic.

  5. Just tried this today and my batch is still pretty liquidy.
    Does it become more gel like as it cools?

    • Stephanie Rose says:

      Hi Ann, It does gel more as it sits. Glad you tried it. It works really well.

      • Thank you! I finally decided to let it cool and noticed it was getting more congealed. Already used it and love it! Thank you for this recipe!

        • Stephanie Rose says:

          Awesome Ann!! I’m glad it worked and even better that you love it. I’m pretty slack on what goes next to my skin but when it comes to my Mini I really like knowing. It’s a bonus when I can save money too!
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          • Hi, just wanted to say i made this for this first time in January 2014 before i had my 2nd daughter and here it is 1/2 way through october and i’m making another batch. i have probably enough left for another 10 loads, but i just wanted to share how long this lasts! and to be honest, i use this for all our laundry in the house. at first i just used it for the baby clothes, but when i ran out of my store bought detergent i decided to just use this stuff. and my house smells soooo good while making it 🙂 thanks for sharing the recipe!

          • Stephanie Rose says:

            Your welcome Caylee! I have to say I like it better than store bought.

  6. ok, i’m having an issue with it this time.. when ‘cooking it, are you supposed to stir it? do you let it boil for a certain amount of time? and how long and often do you stir it while it’s cooling? the batch i made ended up seperating. there is atleast 1/2 an inch of solid sludge on top and pure water under that 🙁 what did i do wrong???

    • I stir it as it cooks and cools, just every few mins. I notice it starts to separate as it cools but once I stir it up it mixes back up. I will shake it pretty good in the container before use also since it will separate. I let my batch boil for a few mins then removed it. hope this helps from my point of view


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