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How to Make HE Safe Laundry Soap for a Fraction of the Cost

Updated on July 27, 2012
Homemade Laundry Soap - DRY & Super Easy with little clean up
Homemade Laundry Soap - DRY & Super Easy with little clean up | Source

Homemade Laudry Soap

My kids and I have been spending the summer at the pool. We wear through many suits and towels a week so I have been doing a great deal of laundry. Since becoming a stay home mom a few months ago has limited our budget I have been trying to find ways to save money.

I saw many different articles on pinterest that outlined the homemade laundry detergent. I wanted something easy and accessible to that if it worked I could have my friends use it too. Plus I plan on going back to work in the fall so I needed something that wasn't time consuming.

Recipe for Laundry Detergent

I used a ratio recipe. Which means I can make as much or as little as I want at one time. Apparently there was a run on the soap I needed at the local Walmart because they only had one bar left. So I ended up making a smaller batch then I had originally planned. All of these ingredients were available at my Walmart. I have heard a rumor that the Super Washing Powder may not be sold in Wisconsin though.

2 cups Borax

2 cups Arm & Hammer Super Washing Powder

1 bar Fels Naptha soap or Zoft

1 cup dollar tree oxy clean product

You will need to grate the bar of laundry soap - note this isn't a body soap but a laundry soap. It is soft and easy to grate, I actually started grating it and it was too much work so I cut it up and threw it into my magic bullet type blender. Worked perfectly.

I bought a few things from the dollar tree to use. I bought a measuring cup and wrote the recipe on the bottom. This is my designated laundry measuring cup. I bought a 4 qt container with a screw on lid in order to store the powder. I also bought the dollar trees version of oxy clean to throw in.

To make a large batch I throw it all into a garbage bag to mix and then snip a corner and funnel it into the container. This makes easy clean up and it is mixed well.

Special Note for HE Front Loaders

DO NOT put this in the soap dispenser. Place it directly into the drum of the machine.

Using the Detergent

This is a powerful detergent with no fillers so you are going to use a lot less. One load requires only about 1-2 tablespoons of detergent. If you bought the dollar tree oxy clean it came with a scoop, I place this scoop into my finished detergent to measure it out.

The Ultimate Test

Does it work?


Example #1

We went to the pool right before I left a few days and threw everything in the washer before i left mistakenly assuming my husband would switch the load. Imagine the smell of the towels and suits after sitting in the washer for three days in 100 degree heat - EEEWWW. So I threw in a tablespoon and rewashed the load. They smell fresh and lovely.

Example #2

Toddler #2 is almost completely potty trained. We are about 60/40 at night. We got home at 11pm from our trip last night and he was fast asleep. I put him in bed tiptoed out of his rooma dn never looked back, until this morning when I realized he had several glasses of juice and water all night at grandmas and didn't make it through the night. Several layers of wetness soaked threw his clothes and blankets . I used a single TBLS of the detergent and it worked miracles. His Lovey Blanket smells better than it has in years.


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    • kthix10 profile image

      kthix10 5 years ago from IL

      Walmart restocked their soap yesterday, so I was able to finish making my large batch.

    • Patty Kenyon profile image

      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Interesting Hub...Thanks for sharing!!