Homemade Laundry Soap

I decided after the last post, perhaps I should share my laundry soap recipe:

I found the basic recipe online somewhere, but found that it didn’t work as well as I wanted, so I adjusted to suit our needs! You can do the same!

2 bars Fels Naptha Soap (grated) –melt this slowly in about 1/2 gallon of water ( I use a double boiler to heat slowly..you don’t want to burn the soap)

You will also need about;

  •  1/2 to 1 cup of Borax (21 Mule Team)
  • 1 cup of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
  • 2 TBSP glycerin
  • 1 cup of Baking Soda
  • 4 gallons of HOT water (not boiling)..just as hot as the tap is usually works.
  • 5 gallon plastic bucket with tight sealing lid

Once soap has melted, pour into the bucket, add the washing soda, baking soda, borax and glycerin and stir..then pour in the Hot water and stir.  This should set up into a thick gel fairly quickly.  It will be a watery gel and as you get to the bottom of the bucket, it does get a bit more watery, but still works fine. 

Once set use 1/2 cup to 1 cup per load of laundry, depending on how dirty the clothes are.  I’ve found that I have no static now..and don’t have to have any kind of dryer sheets or fabric softener.  It gets all our clothing clean and works really well with my oxyclean spray when we have stubborn stains!  🙂

Recipe can be adjusted based on what you like..just play with it a bit.  A bucket lasts about 3 weeks or so here…depending on how much grunge my hubby brings in and how many towels the kids go through with swimming.  This last time it lasted over a month…

Essential oils could be added as well…I may try adding a bit of Tea Tree oil at some point. 

Now, I have to go make me a batch..as I’m down to my last 2-3 loads!  🙂  And yes, I just add the new in on whatever little bit is left…it mixes in when stirred and there’s no waste.



2 Responses

  1. Just found your blog. Keep up the good work promoting healthy living!

  2. thanks for sharing this recipe! I might try it. Just bought 4 containers of liquid detergent. Do you think I could pour the mixture into them once they are empty or would it be too messy?

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