Homemade Laundry Soap

     In another effort to save money, I got the recipe for homemade laundry soap from my friend, Drea and made it this morning.  Took me a week to assemble all the ingredients.  Living in a small town, a couple items weren’t readily available and had to be ordered.


     I bought orange oil to add scent also, but decided not to use it, since the Fels -Naptha bar already smells lemony.


     I figured out that making my own laundry soap will save me roughly 100 bucks a year…  not much, but, as my sweet husband pointed out, add that to all the savings from the other changes we’ve made, and it will make a difference.  (Besides, my crafty side really wanted to make my own soap!)



     My recipe makes a 5 gallon bucket of soap that still gets diluted 50% more in a left-over store-bought laundry soap container.  It’s enough for  approximately 640 loads, in a front loading washer.  It averages out, figuring the price I paid for the ingredients, to cost a little over 1 cent per load of laundry. (compared to .24/ load for the generic Wal-mart liquid laundry soap that I like.)

     I’m also going to try white vinegar when I run out of Downey.  My friend (the saving-money-on-your laundry-expert) told me plain, white, vinegar is a great fabric softener.  I know it’s much cheaper than Downey…  I’m already using vinegar instead of Jet Dry, in my dishwasher and I’m very happy with the results there.

So, just thought I’d share.  And if you’re interested in making your own laundry soap, here’s the info:

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value

4 Cups – hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ Cup Borax

– Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)
*Arm & Hammer "Super Washing Soda" – in some stores or may be purchased online here (at Meijer.com). Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It must be sodium carbonate!!


2 thoughts on “Homemade Laundry Soap

  1. I hope you like it! I havne\’t used fabric softener in years. I did find my clothes much softer when I started using the home made laundry soap. Happy to hear you\’re "jet dry" is working well for youNot only are you saving money but your not useing all the chemicals in your laundry and you\’ve cut back in your dish washer. I\’m not a germ aphobe by any stretch but I\’m happy to have made those changes. Cheep and kid friendly.

  2. I have always wanted to make my own soap but I can never find the Fels_naptha soap bar. I always use the dryer sheets 3 or 4 times before I throw them out so I\’ve had the same box forever. When I\’m done using that I\’m going to use a set of dryer balls I bought forever ago. I love these tips – thanks for sharing!

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