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Homemade Laundry Soap Reicpe

Updated on November 3, 2013
Clean and fresh, ready to hang out on the line.
Clean and fresh, ready to hang out on the line. | Source

I live on a very small income and it's a hardship having to buy cleaning products, especially laundry soap. I recently came across this homemade laundry soap recipe and it comes out to a penny a load. I was expecting poor results but was very pleased to discover it does an excellent job cleaning my laundry and it's so easy to make you'll be surprised.


  • 1 bar Fels Naptha® or your favorite bar of bath soap, grated with cheese grater
  • 1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda®
  • 1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax Powder®
  • 6 cups water, for pot
  • 1 1/2 gallons + 6 cups hot water, for bucket
  • 5-gallon size bucket to hold laundry soap
  • 10 drops favorite essential oil, optional for scent
  • 1/2 cup oxyclean (powder or liquid), optional for extra stain fighting and whitening

More on ingredients

Fels Naptha is a bar of soap for the specific use in laundry and stain fighting. It is sometimes difficult to see on the shelf as most stores do not stock a lot of it. You may have to ask.

Arm & Hammer Washing Powder can also be difficult to find, although with more and more people seeking it for homemade laundry soap it may begin to build in stock. * Do not confuse it with any other Arm & Hammer product, soda, soap, or detergent. It is washing powder.

20 Mule Team Borax comes in a box and is commonly found in most laundry sections.

You will need a 5 gallon bucket
You will need a 5 gallon bucket


  1. Grate the bar of soap with a typical cheese grater.
  2. Heat 6 cups of water in a pot and add grated bar soap. Stir until soap is dissolved.
  3. Add the cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda® and stir.
  4. Add the Borax powder and stir until all ingredients have dissolved. Remove from heat.
  5. Put 6 cups of hot water in 5-gallon bucket.
  6. Add soap solution.
  7. Add another 1 1/2 gallons of hot water.
  8. If you are using an essential oil and /or oxyclean, add now.
  9. Let sit over night. It will turn into a gel.
  10. For regular loads, use 1/4 cup of laundry soap. Wash on any setting.
  11. To make your sparkly, clean laundry extra fresh, hang out on the line in the fresh air and sunshine.
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    • Hyphenbird profile image

      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I also make my own laundry detergent and have saved hundreds of dollars. It is so easy and rewarding. I hope lots of people begin doing this. Your presentation shows that everyone can do this.

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      William Kovacic 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Nice Job, LS!

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      Gloria Siess 5 years ago from Wrightwood, California

      I love this, as it is so independent of you!! I used to make my own laundry detergent from Cheap dollar store bubble bath (you can add baking soda to it and vinegar) but your method sounds far more official.

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      My2GreenBeans 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Thanks for the hub! This goes w/ my hub about fabric softener and using vinegar instead!! I don’t actually make laundry soap as I stocked up when I started cloth diapering and haven’t run out yet, but many cloth diapering mom’s swear by this EXACT recipe!! Also, you can add some of your favorite essential oils if you want to your regular laundry smell good. Try add lavender or tea tree oil if you want some germ killing power. Watch out for any dark colored citris oils though, they can discolor fabrics. Stick to clear oils for laundry.

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      alipuckett 5 years ago

      Ooh! Thanks for the recipe. I've never heard of Fels Naptha, but I'll have to look for it today when I go to the store.