Homemade Laundry Soap

August 31, 2011

I’m almost out of laundry soap. I’ve heard a lot recently about people making their own and I’ve found several recipes on Pinterest, my latest addiction. I never thought I’d be granola enough to actually make my own laundry soap, but a few days ago I found a recipe that sounded easy so I figured, what the heck, I’ll give it a try. I used a recipe I found here.

I found all of my ingredients at Walmart. I looked at Target and Ralphs, but Target only had the Borax and Ralphs didn’t have anything I needed. Here’s what I got:

Borax – $2.98

Washing Soda – $3.24

Fels Napthia – $.97

Jar to store my laundry soap in – $0.00 because I already had it at home.

I reduced the size of the recipe I found by 1/3. I mixed together 1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of washing soda, and 1 finely grated bar of Fels Napthia. I used a fine grater that would normally be used to grate Parmesan cheese. Grating the Fels Napthia required a little elbow grease, so I got a workout while making my new concoction!

I mixed it all together, dumped it in a jar, and found an old 2 oz coffee scoop to measure it when I wash my laundry. Since the Fels Napthia smells like lemon, this stuff smells awesome! I can’t wait to see how my laundry smells after using my new soap. I have tons of washing soda and Borax left for future batches of laundry soap.

Since the mouth of the jar I used is on the small side, I ended up dumping it all into a larger jar I got at Ikea a long time ago. Scooping it out of a large jar is more convenient.

The first wash with the new soap is in the washing machine as I write this. The Husband’s shirts are going to smell lemony fresh!

Update: The load I did came out great! It smells fresh and is super clean. Yay for cheap DIY laundry soap!

Update 2: Don’t use this on your cloth diapers. I did and while they came out really soft and it removed all the stains, they won’t absorb anymore so I have to strip them. Darn. I guess I’ll have to keep purchasing detergent for my cloth diaper washing.

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  • 1. Kristie  |  August 31, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Nice work, friend. 2 questions: did you use 2 oz. per load? How did the laundry turn out? I’m makin’ mine tomorrow – can’t wait!

    • 2. kerena  |  August 31, 2011 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks! Yes, I used 2 oz (1/4 cup) in the load I did. I’ll use less on the cloth diapers. The laundry turned out great! Fresh and fluffy! So far so good!

      • 3. Hakan  |  October 25, 2012 at 8:40 pm

        I’ve been making my own for a year now…although my recpie is for liquid detergent…which works well in my HE machine. I LOVE IT!! My clothes look so much cleaner, and feel so much better. Not sure why that is. I still use a dryer sheet, but that’s all for fabric softener. Best part about it is I think it averages out to about $.02 per load of wash!!

  • 4. Ta  |  August 31, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Very cool. Let us know how it works.

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