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Making Your Own Laundry Soap/Detergent

Updated on September 16, 2014

Supplies

  • Bar of soap (any type you choose)
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup Borax
  • Cheese Grater
  • Large spoon
  • 5 gallon bucket
  • Water


Looks like detergent doesn't it? Try it out!
Looks like detergent doesn't it? Try it out! | Source

How to do it..

Making your own laundry soap can be so much fun! Part of the fun is knowing you are saving money!

  1. Start out by grating the bar of soap.
  2. In the 5 gallon bucket put 2 gallons of hot water along with 1/2 cup Borax and 1/2 cup washing soda.
  3. In a large pot put 6 cups of hot water along with the grated soap.
  4. Boil together soap and water until soap is fully dissolved.
  5. Pour the water and soap mixture into the 5 gallon bucket with the other ingeridients and STIR until dissolved.

Place the lid on the bucket and leave for at least 24 hours. When you use your laundry soap you may notice it looks lumpy, but that is just fine. Use this soap a 1/2-3/4 cups at a time.

You may also transfer the detergent from the large bucket to a smaller detergent container you may have around.

The detergent works as well for me as any other brand I have used. It keeps our clothes nice and clean with out all the added expense! Making your own detergent is certainly a great way to keep cost down on a necessity for a household.

Bonus tip:

I use it as a great way to pre-treat my clothes by just pouring a bit on the stain and leaving it overnight. It really works!!!!

Hope you enjoy your money saving detergent!

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    • Recently Awakened profile image

      Recently Awakened 

      6 years ago

      Heather, we are also a family of 5 and I wash clothes about as often as you do so I understand where you are coming from.

    • AtHomeHeather profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather 

      6 years ago from PA

      Recently Awakened, It does save a ton of money and it is just so easy to do! We are a household of 5 and I do laundry atleast every other day (usually once a day) and still only have to make a new batch about every 2 months! Hope you get a chance to try it! I am also sorry to hear about your little ones, my older two also have eczema and it can be a real pain in the butt! (or in their case leg, cheek, elbows, ect.)

    • Recently Awakened profile image

      Recently Awakened 

      6 years ago

      Wow, this is a really great idea. i didn't realize that it was even possible to do such a thing. I think i will give this a try as i am all about saving money. I will have to use the dove or ivory soaps that as my children have sensitive skin and eczema. As it stands now, they break out in hives if I use anything other than original tide.

    • AtHomeHeather profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather 

      6 years ago from PA

      Wonderful!

    • breathe2travel profile image

      breathe2travel 

      6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      AtHomeHeather -- I will post my stain removal formula hopefully within a week.

    • AtHomeHeather profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather 

      6 years ago from PA

      It is a wonderful way to save money and its just so easy to do! I would love to know if you are able to create/find a great homemade stain spray! With children all over I need it!

    • breathe2travel profile image

      breathe2travel 

      6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      I make my own soap as well. I absolutely am happy with my laundry soap. This method costs less than $2 for a year's worth of soap. I am about to finish my second batch. Each 5 gallon concentrate lasts about 5 months, and costs maybe $1.20 to make, when you consider the tiny portion of Borax and Washing soda used. The most expensive part was purchasing the bucket ($3). I can make a batch of soap in about the same amount of time it'd take me to load my kids into the van, go to the store, load the kids again, and drive home. And the fragrance is WONDERFUL.

      For people with sensitive skin - I recommend using Ivory or Dove soaps, or an all natural organic bar.

      Not for sensitive skin, but powerful - you may want to try using Zotes for the bar of soap - I use it for stain removal and am working on a "formula" for a spray.

      Voted up & useful.

    • AtHomeHeather profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather 

      6 years ago from PA

      I have been using it for a bout a year and I LOVE it. It really does work as well as any brand name detergent I have used and it is so simple/inexpensive to make. Well worth a try!

    • mwilliams66 profile image

      mwilliams66 

      6 years ago from Left Coast, USA

      Huh, I've never seen this before. How do you feel it compares to the brand name laundry soaps?

      I think I'll give this a try myself.

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