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How to Make Homemade Liquid and Powder Laundry Soap

Updated on March 24, 2016

Why Use Homemade Laundry Soap

Have you ever wished that you could save money on things that you use every day? I know I have and I am doing just that right now. I don't like to pretend that I am a know it all, or that everything I covered can't be specialized to fit your needs or wants. These recipes are my own tweaked recipes from those that my grandmother had used.

Why I use Homemade Laundry Soap and Why You Should Too

There is nothing better than saving the planet but when you can do it and save a lot of money at the same time, it makes it all worth it in the end. On average, because there are six people living in my home, I save close to four hundred a year by making my own laundry soap. This figure might seem crazy but we do a lot of laundry every day. My kids are into sports and I am a bit of clean freak so everything is cleaned often.

Since there are no harsh chemicals used in these handmade laundry soap, it will not harm your clothes, washer or dryer, septic tank, or the earth. I am also into saving the planet any way that I can without disturbing my daily needs. I do a few things here and there to help do my part for the world.

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Where to Find the Products to Make The Homemade Laundry Soap

All products used for making the liquid laundry detergent and the powder laundry soap can be found at Walmart. Most of these products can be bought online and either sent to your home or picked up by doing site to store. I became excited when I found all of these products at Walmart, this meant that I only had to do my shopping at one store. To make this easier for you, I have added a link to each product at Walmart.

What You Will Need

Each product contains enough to make months worth of laundry detergent depending on how much laundry you do. I recommend saving milk jugs or old laundry jugs to place your home-made laundry detergent in it.

If you like this tutorial on how to make home-made laundry detergent, please check out my other HubPages for more awesome tutorials like it and other ways to save money.

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How to Make Liquid Laundry Soap

  1. Take the bar of soap and, using a cheese grater, cut the soap into flakes or finely grate it. (I have no patience so what I did was cut the soap into small pieces with a butcher knife) Place the soap in a large pot filled halfway with water. Let it boil, then turn it down to simmer. The goal is to melt the soap so stir frequently.
  2. Once your soap has dissolved, leaving it on to simmer still, take your 5-gallon bucket and fill it half way with hot water. I used the hot water from my faucet but, got it as hot as possible.
  3. Add the washing soda, borax, and baking soda into the bucket and stir. Now, add your soap water and stir again.
  4. Fill the 5-gallon bucket up with water, leaving a little room at the top so that it does spill over when you are dipping if you choose to keep it inside of the bucket instead of containers.
  5. A lot of people say to let the soap mixture set for 24 hours but, I used it straight after and it worked fine. The soap looks like soapy water when you first mix it, leaving it over night lets it become a little harder making it turn more into a liquid detergent. It should have a milky look to it.
  6. Always shake or stir the soap mixture before each use. Only 1-2 tablespoons need to be used per load.

The below video is similar to the recipe that I use. You can choose to do the same recipe that I use or, you can do the one in the video. They will both work but, I believe that my recipe cleanse the clothes much better.

Video: How to Make Liquid Laundry Soap

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Recipe for Making Powdered Laundry Soap

The only difference between the liquid laundry detergent and the powder is that you don’t have to melt the bar of soap. The powder laundry soap is great for those of us who don't want to take the time to melt the soap or, those who prefer powder over liquid. Once you do this, you will be wondering why you didn't try it sooner. It really is this simple to make and cleans just as good as the liquid. I have found that it is better to use warm or hot water with the powder version or, use hot water at first and then switch to cold.

  1. Grate or grind up the bar of soap. A food grinder or cheese grinder works great for grinding the soap bar. The finer the soap is, the better it is. Finely ground soap will keep it from sticking on to your clothes and will also help it dissolve. Also, finer soap lets you mix it better.
  2. Add the other ingredients. Mix all the ingredients so that there will be equal parts when you scoop the laundry soap.
  3. And you are done. Pretty simple huh? I was amazed at the results when I was finished. I could not believe how clean everything became and how much money it saved me.
  4. There is only a need to use 1-2 tablespoons of this soap per load.

The below video shows how another individual makes their powdered laundry soap. It is slightly different than mine but similar enough that I felt confident with posting it. Feel free to alter any of these recipes to fit your needs.

Video: How to Make Powdered Laundry Soap


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      R D Hayes 22 months ago from Oklahoma City

      Yes, they say it has a shelf life of up to one year but, I go through so much that I have never actually had it for that long at a time. I have also seen people selling this on Craigslist and it smells amazing when you use the same products that I have used. My clothes come out extremely clean.

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      Rola Maher Abboud 22 months ago from Kuwait

      It's amazing and I love the idea that it's with no chemicals. But does it have an expiration date?