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Homemade Laundry Detergent - Laundry Soap

Updated on February 10, 2015

Homemade Laundry Soap

Save money make your own laundry soap

There is lots of talk these days about budgeting and saving money. Trying to find any way to cut back spending, pay off some debt, or save for that vacation you’ve been planning. For many this could be making simple lifestyle changes like not going out to eat as much, or brewing your own coffee in the morning. Well, hear is one homemaking project that will not only save you money, but makes a much safer product that the entire family will benefit from, and that is making your own laundry soap.

Making your own laundry soap is simple and very affordable. No lye or nasty chemistry involved I promise! There are many recipes available, just ask Mr. Google, or get any good recipe book on making natural cleaners. Many store bought detergents and soaps have harsh ingredients in them that contribute to many skin irritations and allergies. This is a major reason why Mothers are recommended to wash their infant’s cloths and blankets in a mild soap instead of detergents. So not only are you saving money but using a safer product as well.


60-70 loads for less than 3 cents a load

Here is a recipe that I and my family have been using for years. I get pretty dirty just about every day from working outside and this laundry soap recipe does a great job keeping my cloths clean. I figure this recipe will get between 60-70 loads per batch for less than $1.00. Now if you are a large family, you know how often clothes need washing and let’s just face it, laundry detergent doesn’t last very long and it’s certainly not cheap.

Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe

All you need is a 2-5 gallon bucket with a lid, 1/3 bar of Fels Naptha, ½ cup of washing soda, and a ½ cup of borax powder.

1. Grade the Fels Naptha and add to 6 cups of water in a sauce pan- heat until soap begins to melt.

2. Then add ½ cup of washing soda and ½ cup of borax and stir until it has dissolved.

3. Remove from heat and pour 4 cups of hot water into your 2 gallon bucket, add your soap mixture and stir for a little and add another 6 cups of water and continue stirring.

4. Let sit for 24 hours, when laundry soap is ready it will have gelled up. Perfectly normal, just use a long handle spoon or whisk, and stir it up until the clumps of gel are gone and it is liquid.

This laundry soap is unscented and you could use essential oils to add your desired scent if you like, and also we often will add some Oxy clean to those very tough stains. For the most part this laundry soap get’s most of it done on its own. All you need to use is just a 1/2 a cup of laundry soap each load.

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    • prairieprincess profile image

      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      wow!!! I had no idea you could make your own laundry soap. Definitely sending this one to my sister, too. This is great!

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      I have not bought laundry detergent in over 3 years now,making your own laundry soap is great, anyone can do it. Thanks for stopping by prairieprincess

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      cheapsk8chick 6 years ago

      I'm sold! Thanks for such a useful hub. I will be making this soap very soon. I'll be linking back to this hub, too.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Keep me posted, I will tell you that it's not going to be the same as what you buy in the store, but you do get use to it. My cloths are always clean and I haven't bought laundry detergent in a long time and the back of my neck doesn't itch any more. wondering if my skin was having a reaction to the detergents. Another great reason to make your own laundry soap. Have Fun!

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      Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Oh Rob you have outdone yourself on this hub, I have ran out of soup, and times are getting harder everyday. I bookmarked this page, this is the best hub, what a great idea...I am inpired by you and very honored to know you. I rate this hub up up up and cheers for an excellent hub. Peace & Love darski

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Thanks Darlene, I do hope that your are able to make this homemade laundry soap and that you are pleased with the results. You will be very pleased with the savings!

      Take care my friend

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      amybradley77 6 years ago

      So, glad you did this! Wish I could get more of my family to do this. They think it's just too easy to go buy it, well it really isn't that hard to make it. We'll see what happens there though, wish me luck. I'll need it!! A.B.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      A.B. your right making your own laundry soap really isn't that hard, but like everything else many are sold on convenience. Best of luck to you.

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      Thanks for the great tip on making our own laudry detergent. This is a great way to save money! Your a peach!

      Did you know Fels Naptha is the cure for poison ivy? As soon as you can, just after exposed wash the affected area with Fels Naptha soap and it will prevent it or dry up an exisiting rash.

      :) Katie

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Thanks Katie! and yes I did know that Fels Naptha and Jewel Weed also effectively treat poison ivy, should of thrown that in the hub, oh well.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I'll show this to my friends who haven't got a job. Maybe they can get some money by selling this. Thanks for writing this. I never get bored to give my vote to you. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Thanks prasetio, job or no job it still makes for a wonderful laundry soap with no harsh detergents, much gentler for those with sensitive skin. Thanks for stopping by, take care my friend.

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      ArcherDawn 6 years ago from Las Vegas

      WOW! Love the idea and the directions on how explain how to do it and that the products we can order are right here. I'm very impressed with your hubs. Keep'em coming.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      ArcherDawn Thankya much, so glad you enjoyed this hub. Making your own laundry soap really is that simple.

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      Elena Maria 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I want to make this and try it. Thank you for writing this hub!

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Elena, I really hope you do, and let us know how it went. I haven't bought laundry detergent in over 2 years now, I love my homemade laundry soap!

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      amy jane 6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you for sharing this! Although I've seen tons of info around for making your own cleaning products, this is the first I have seen for making your own laundry detergent. Very helpful. :)

      Do you ever add scents to it, like lavender?

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      amy jane, yes you can add scents to your homemade laundry soap, such as lavender, I leave mine unscented but others in my family will often add some scent to theirs.

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      alisa 6 years ago

      How much of the essential oil do I.need to.use for a 5gallon bucket?

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      alisa you could add anywhere from a 1/2 to 1 ounce of essential oil to a 5 gal bucket of homemade laundry soap.

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Fantastic hub. Thanks for the recipe on how to make your own laundry detergent. I make my own soap. Guess I never thought to do this

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Granny's House, that's great that you make your own soap, you should totally give this laundry soap recipe a try, you'll love it! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      Thanks for another great hub..plan on doing this as well..pinching pennies once I retire..

      Sunnie

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Sunnie Day, your gonna love it! Not only will you be saving money but using a much safer product for you and the environment. Thanks for stopping by!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      I've not seen this hub before, but would like to link it to mine on making laundry detergent. There is a lot of info available on this topic but I think that the more people see others using and promoting it, the more interest they will have in doing it themselves. Please let me know if you have any objection. Thanks!

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      Aspects of Life 5 years ago from London, UK

      Great hub. I had no idea it was so easy to make laudry soap at home. Will definitely be trying this. Thanks.

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