Dr Oz: Duggar Family Homemade Laundry Detergent & Wet Wipes Recipe

By on March 14, 2013

The Duggars: Traveling With America’s Biggest Family

Have you ever taken a family vacation? Were you overwhelmed with the planning and the packing and all of the other details of traveling? Imagine what it would be like if you were America’s biggest family, the Duggars! They recently traveled all the way to New York City and as a family of 21 they quickly became a tourist attraction!

Dr Oz: Michelle Duggar Weight Watchers Success

Dr. Oz wondered how Michelle Duggar managed to lose the weight after so many pregnancies, which he estimated to be over 400 pounds. She said that it did not really become a problem until after about the 10th one when she realized she had about 30-40 pounds to lose because it was starting to cause back pain. She told Dr. Oz the key to her success was making healthy choices and having good portion control, but the big difference came when she decided to try the Weight Watchers Program.

Dr Oz: Duggars’ Secret To Marriage Success

Jim Bob Duggar told Dr. Oz the secret to having a successful marriage, especially with so many children, is to always make time for each other as a couple so you can maintain good communication as well as a strong connection. He also said that he and Michelle resolved early on in their marriage to never call each other names or talk down to each other, and they also make a point of settling their disagreements before the sun goes down. Jim Bob and Michelle both also say that humility and forgiveness are essential to having a strong marriage.

Dr Oz: Duggar Family Homemade Laundry Detergent & Wet Wipes Recipe

The Duggar family shared their recipe for homemade laundry detergent that costs just $3 for 20 gallons!

Dr Oz: Duggar Kid Quiz

Dr. Oz asked some fun questions to see which kids in the Duggar family stand out in a certain way.

  • Funniest – Josiah
  • Drama Queen – Jennifer
  • Pickiest Eater – Johanna
  • Trouble Maker – Jackson

Dr Oz: Grocery Shopping With the Duggars

Dr. Oz wanted to give his audience an idea of what it is like to feed a family the size of the Duggars on a daily basis! The numbers were astounding, especially since they manage to do it all on a budget. Jim Bob Duggar told Dr. Oz they spend an average of $3,000 every month on food alone! He also said they do not have a house payment and they always buy used cars, but the biggest way they save is by purchasing a lot of their food in bulk.

  • Eggs – Typical families purchase 1 dozen, Duggars purchase 15 dozen
  • Fruit – Typical families purchase 1 pound, Duggars purchase 21 pounds
  • Bread – Typical families buy 1 loaf a week, Duggars buy 50 pounds of flour to make their own bread

Dr Oz: Duggar Family Homemade Laundry Detergent

Michelle Duggar told Dr. Oz she is extremely grateful to her mother-in-law who lives with the family and does all of their laundry. Would you believe the average is 11 loads every day? While most of us purchase laundry detergent at the store and spend an average of $300 on 20 gallons, the Duggars make their own laundry detergent at a cost of just $3 for the same 20 gallons! They shared their “recipe” with Dr. Oz and his audience:

  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1 bar gentle soap
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • ½ cup Borax

Stir everything together in a large pot to make about 10 gallons of laundry detergent!

Dr Oz: Duggars’ Homemade Wet Wipes

  • 1 ½ cups hot water
  • 1 tablespoon baby oil
  • 1 tablespoon baby shampoo
  • 1 roll paper towel
  • 1 large container with closeable lid

Mix all ingredients except for the paper towels and combine well. Cut the roll of paper towels in half and place in a large bowl. Pour the liquid over the roll of paper towels and allow to absorb completely. Once it is wet enough you will be able to remove the cardboard tube and place wet wipes in a sealed container for future use.

Dr Oz: Duggars’ Homemade Pickles

  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups vinegar
  • 4 cucumbers, sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Dill flavoring (optional)

Add all ingredients to a large jar. Cover and allow to sit for three days.

Dr Oz: Duggars’ Homemade Popcorn

  • 6 cups popcorn
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

Dr Oz: Duggars’ Home Remedy For a Cold

Michelle Duggar shared her favorite health tip with Dr. Oz, which is to use peppermint essential oils in a diffuser to help cure her family when someone catches a cold.

Each of the family members shared their favorite thing about being part of such a big family. Some of them included laughter, good food, never a dull moment, chaotic, adventurous, exciting, fun and love.

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Comments to Dr Oz: Duggar Family Homemade Laundry Detergent & Wet Wipes Recipe

  1. The recipe given makes 4+ cups of concentrate. How much should it be diluted to make 10 gallons. How much is used per washer load. I have a front loader and requires high efficiency detergent. Is it agreeable as a ‘high efficiency’ product? Thanks, Diane

  2. I would like to know how you get 10 or 20 gallons out of the recipe the dugger family shsred for laundry detergent. Was this a cocentrated recipe and you dilutr it ordo you keep making yhese small batches till yoy have ten gallonns.?

    Also how much do you use in a normal size load of wash?

  3. try the official Duggar website

  4. The detergent recipe does not make 10 or 20 gallons? What is the secret?

  5. fluffychenille says:

    They never give you all the information on this site…you have go research it yourself. ugh!

  6. They said to double the recipe to make larger amount bigger pot of water and ingreds. BUT WHAT ARE THEY CALLING WASHING SODA?? would they be a regular box of washing powder I BELIEVE THAT”S WHAT IT IS.

  7. Arm & Hammer makes washing soda. Usual on the top shelf in the detergent section of the store. I have been making this for several years an never had a problem. It works great in my HE Front load machine. One batch of this goes a long way for the average family. I add water and shake it up until it is the right consistency to dispense in a detergent dispenser jug that I saved. Diluted that way I use about 1/3 C. per load. You have to shake it each time you use it.

  8. For laundry detergent, I use:
    2 cups borax (I think about $4 for big box, so will last you a long time)
    2 cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (or bake Baking Soda @ 400 degrees for 30 minutes)
    1 cup Oxy-Clean (the $1 generic from Dollar Tree)
    1 bar Fels Naptha laundry bar (found at Wal-mart= about $1)
    — Finely Grate Fels Naptha bar. Add remaining ingredients; blend well. Even though you smell something now, your clothes will be unscented and terrific to those with irritations.
    — Use about 2 tablespoons in washer. (Mine is a front-end, HE washer.)
    – Opt: For softener, use white vinegar. Will not leave scent. I’ve used to extend Downy!
    – TIP: If you want scent, ADD it: could be a couple drops of essential oil; Downy Unstoppables, Scentsy packs (I haven’t tried – expensive), or Purex Crystals. When I definitely want the scent to last, I hang clothes after washing instead of drying in dryer.
    I like using powder instead of bucket. Another option is to mix together 2 tbsp powder with 1 cup warm water, then add to washer. I find I don’t need this, though.

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