Homemade Laundry Soap

There are a few things you can do to help save money in the laundry room. One of the biggest things you can do is make your laundry detergent. I have posted 2 recipes for making your own Landry detergent below, one is a liquid and the other is dry.

Dry Laundry Detergent
Approx time: 10-15min
Usable time when done mixing: Right away
1 tablespoon for regular loads 2 tablespoons for large loads
Makes approx 98 – 196 loads
Total cost $6.63 per container or $0.06 cents a load or $0.03 cents a load

First gather your supplies

– Borax (20 Mule Team) $3.99
– Washing soda (Arm and Hammer) $2.99
– Fels-Naptha $1.19
– A Grater
– Large knife
– 1 cup measuring cup
– Cutting board
– A Container to hold it in (mine is a 3 quart container)
– Grab your Fels-Naptha Soap and cut the soap bar in 3rds or 4ths and then grab your grater and grate your soap.

Then you will need to grab Borax and the 1 cup measuring cup and put 6 cups into your container. Then grab your washing soda and put 4 cups into your container. Now add your grated soap. Close your container up tight and shake. (this is a great chance for kids to help and get rid of that extra energy they always seem to have.)
Here it is all shaken up and ready to use
For Liquid Detergent

approx time: 30 min
Usable time when your done mixing: 24 hours
1/2 cup for regular loads 3/4 cup for larger loads
Maxes approx 64 loads or 42 loads
Total cost $1.90 for 2 containers or $0.02 cents a load or $.0.04 cents a load

You will need the following ingredients

– 1 cup Borax (20 Mule Team) $3.99
– 1 cup Washing soda (Arm and Hammer) $2.99
– 1/3rd bar Fels-Naptha $1.19
– Essential oil “If you want it scented, I like the way it smells without it”
– A Grater
– Large knife
– A 2 Gallon bucket
– A small to medium pan
– A large spoon
– A funnel – (Buy one from the oil department they are the largest)
– 1 cup measuring cup
– Cutting board
– 2 Containers to hold it in (I use an old liquid detergent container)


Cut your fels-Naptha soap in 3rds. Then grate 1 of the 3rds and place the other 2 in a plastic bag for more loads to come.
You will then add your 1/3 grated bar of Fels-Naptha soap and 6 cups of water to a pan and heat until the fels-naptha soap has dissolved.

While the pan is heating the soap through Grab your 2 gallon bucket and put 4 cups of HOT water into the bucket along with 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of Washing soda.Mix
Then add your hot soap mixture to the bucket and mix again. You will then want to add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water ( 1 gallon = 16 cups) + 6 cups water= 22 cups of total water
You will then add your essential oil if you want a scent.
Grab your oil funnel, your bucket of soap and your containers. Pour your soap to the top and leave room for it to be shaken in each of the containers. You will then need to put the lids on and let it sit for 24 hours. Once the 24 hours are up your soap should have gelled a bit. just shake and use.
(You will need to shake before use every time) It takes 1/2 cup for regular loads and 3/4 cup for larger loads
And always leave me a comment of what you think.

updated: 5/8/13 Lee from the US suggested this as well “Try adding Downy UnStoppables for a great scent to the dry mix. I also add a bar of shredded Ivory soap.”

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I'm a wife, a momma, a housekeeper and a penny saving one at that.

Posted on April 16, 2013, in Money Saving Ideas, Recipes of all Kinds and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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