Guest Blogger Alert!!! From the Mouth’s of Old-Timers

Hey everyone…a really good friend of mine has a great home-made laundry detergent recipe to share with all of you. Take a read and try it out!

Written by Felicia Hawthorne

I received a recipe for making home-made laundry detergent from my wonderful Aunt.  She had told me that an old-timer that frequented her shop had given it to her, but she had yet to try it.  The ingredients were so basic and it seemed so easy to make, that I had to try it for myself.

The ingredients are:

  • 1 bar of Ivory soap
  • 1 ½ cups of white vinegar
  • 1 – 5 gallon bucket
  • Water


The instructions are extremely simple.

Grate one bar of ivory soap into a 5 gallon bucket.  It literally takes all of 5 minutes for this part.  Next, boil water and add to the 5 gallon bucket, filling 2/3 of the way.  Stir until the soap shavings are dissolved.  Next, stir in the vinegar.  The vinegar will eradicate all the suds that the soap produced, thus making this he washer friendly.

I will say this, the mixture doesn’t smell great.

Now to say that I was nervous to use this is a huge understatement.  I decided to use this on a load of towels.  I added two laundry scoop sizes of the homemade brew to my washer, closed the lid and hoped for the best.  I knew that if it came out of the wash smelling the way it went in, I would be rewashing a load of laundry.

After the cycle completed, I nervously lifted the lid and proceeded to smell the freshly washed laundry.  I was amazed!!  It had such a wonderful, clean smell.  I even did a side by side comparison of laundry done with my more expensive store bought laundry detergent and this one wins, hands down!  So for around $1.00, I have a wonderful new laundry soap.

Now I’ll list a few facts for some of you cynics.

Ivory soap is one of the purest soaps on the market and it is antimicrobial.  Vinegar is 90% effective against mold and 99.9% effective against bacteria, not to mention that it will eliminate almost any odor out there.  Vinegar is also known to brighten fabric colors.

I’m sold!

Thank you Aunt Cindy for sharing this recipe with me, for everyone else, give it a try.  You’re sure to be pleasantly surprised.



  1. Anthony says:

    What are you storing the detergent in? Just put a lid on the bucket and keep it in the laundry room? Any idea how long it’ll keep? Thanks!

    • Yankee Born, Rebel Heart says:

      I just use a 5 gallon bucket that I bought from a bakery. I keep the lid on it at all times and just for my own piece of mind, I stir in every time before I use it. This one batch has lasted me the whole month.
      It is so quick to make and the supplies needed so cheap and accessible that it is perfect for a SHTF scenario

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