Laundry Soap

Sonya - posted on 02/26/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )




I make my own laundry soap. My sister-in-law, from Colorado, sent me the recipe and it actually costs only cents per load. I haven't calculated it exactly, but it cleans clothes!!! If you would like the recipe, just let me know.


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User - posted on 02/28/2009




I would also love this recipe. Does it work in washers that say they need high efficiency soap?

Lisa - posted on 02/28/2009




Here are the recipes that I have used! It is about $2 to make the recipe. I found the Fels Naptha soap at our local Hannaford with the washing soda and the Borax I got at WalMart. I used my Pampered Chef cheese grater to grind the soap, then threw it in the dishwasher!! It was really easy and works great!!

TIPS FOR LAUNDRY SOAP: We use Fels-Naptha  bar soap in the homemade soap recipes, but you can use Ivory, Sunlight, Kirk's Hardwater Castile or Zote bars. Don't use heavily perfumed soaps. We buy Fels-Naptha by the case from our local grocer or online. Washing Soda and Borax can normally be found on the laundry or cleaning aisle. Recipe cost approx. $2.

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

4  Cups hot tap water
1  Fels-Naptha soap bar
1  Cup 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)




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1  Container of Name Brand Fabric Softener
4  Inexpensive sponges, cut in half

Pour entire container of softener into a 5 gallon bucket. Fill empty softener container with water twice. (2 parts water to 1 part softener) Add sponges to softener/water mixture. When ready to use take one sponge and squeeze it a little  and add to the dryer as you would a dryer sheet. 


Sonya - posted on 02/27/2009




There are two ways you can make the laundry soap.  My sister-in-law uses the liquid.  I use the powder form because I don't have a lot of storage for liquid soap.   The powder stores easier for me. 

Here is my recipe:

You need a bar of soap (Fels Naptha and Zote are what I have used). 


Arm and Hammer Washing Soda


FIrst, grind up the bar of soap fine.  (I used to use a hand grater, which is hard on your hands and arms, then my husband went to a second hand store and found me an electric one.  That was the best thing he could have ever gotten me.)  Add 1 cup of Borax and 1 cup of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda. Mix together and store in a closed container.  When you wash, you can use two to three tablespoons of the washing mix per load.

Here is the website address for the other recipes for making homemade laundry soap:

If you are trying to cut cost, the cost per load will be affected by the amount you pay for the soap.  I have found Zote at Big Lots for around 88 cents a bar, while Fels Naptha is about $2.00-2.50 a bar, depending on where you buy it.  I've tried both.  The Zote is a pretty pink color.  They both smell good.

This soap doesn't suds up.  But from what I have read, commercial laundry soaps add an agent that cause it to suds.  We sometimes relate bubbles to cleaning.  I have had no problems with this soap. You may need to adjust this recipe depending on your water condition, hard or soft.  I hope you have success with this recipe.  I would love to hear what you think. 


Wendy - posted on 02/26/2009




yes i would like to know how to make my own laundry soap, please send me the recipe. thankz.

Shannon - posted on 02/26/2009




I would love to get that recipe. Since my son is teething he slobbers on everything and of course the puke.  What more can you expect from a baby than a huge laundry pile? 

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