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How to make GREAT Laundry Soap

Updated on May 15, 2015

Why make your our laundry soap?

By making your own laundry soap you save money and keep your household greener. You know what all your putting in your soap so there are no questions of what else could be in your soap that washes your clothes. This laundry soap even works for HE machines and you can choose the scent you want. Using lavender and tea tree oil as a scent has many benefits, such as a natural bug repellent and has a fresh clean smell to it.

Knowing what you put in your laundry detergent is a very good feeling. If you have allergic reactions to something you know its not going to happen with what you make at home.

It only takes a few minutes to make and lasts longer than a regular store bought bottle.

I keep my washing soda and borax in containers for easier storage
I keep my washing soda and borax in containers for easier storage

Where do I find the ingredients?

All the ingredients you need can be found in the laundry isle at the grocery store.

or you can buy them from


Washing Soda


When breaking down the actual cost of making laundry soap it comes out to about $6.58 per batch and each batch fills a full 116 oz laundry container and 1/2 of another container. Giving you about 111 loads of laundry that can be washed with just one batch. While the average person spends anywhere from $9.97 up to $15.00 for laundry soap only able to wash about 96 loads.

Homemade laundry soap - base water was infused with organic mint
Homemade laundry soap - base water was infused with organic mint

How to make laundry soap

1/3 cup shredded Zote

1/2 Cup Washing Soda and Borax


Boil 2 cups water, once water is boiling add the Zote and let melt. After the Zote has melted add the washing soda and borax and mix well. Remove from heat

Add 4 additional cups of warm water to mixture - mix well again

In a larger container (a large stainless steel stock pot works well) have approx 10 cups of water warming. Add mixture to pot and mix well. Add any essential oils at this point. However the Zote does smell very good itself so if you don't want to add any other scents you can enjoy the Zote smell.

Let sit for 24 hours - it will at this point turn into a gel. After it turns, pour into an old laundry container that you have cleaned out and begin using. Approx 1/2 per load depending on your washing machine.

Homemade vs Store Bought Detergent

Home Made Laundry Detergent
Store Bought Laundry Detergent
Does Not List
Washing Soda
Contains Bio surfactants
(anionic and nonionic) enzymes
Not knowing what goes into make store bought laundry soap is questionable. Knowing what goes into homemade laundry soap is knowledge!

Will homemade clean as well as store bought?

Tried and tested! Yes it cleans as well as store bought in my opinion. And you know what is going into the wash to clean your clothes. That is a very satisfying feeling.

Use white vinegar in the rinse cycle as your fabric softener - this also will help keep your washer clean.


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