Avoid the harsh chemicals of conventional laundry detergent, and save a considerable amount of money from every load! With this laundry soap recipe you will spend pennies on the dollar to have an effective laundry soap (not a detergent) capable of cleaning some pretty difficult stains. (Tip: Use this in conjunction with the Homemade Fabric Softener Recipe)
These instructions make a single batch which is approximately 2 gallons (64 loads). Recipe may be doubled.
- 1/2 Bar of Fels Naptha soap (you can replace this with any other bar soap, the less chemicals and more organic the better).
- 1/2 Cup of Washing Soda
- 1/2 Cup of Borax
- Essential Oils (about 1/2 oz. to 1 oz.) for a desired scent (not required) - DO NOT use soap scents as they will ruin your batch.
Amount of ingredients may be adjusted depending on your own preference. For example, some people prefer to use 1/3 bar of Fels-Naptha instead of 1/2 bar, etc.
Other items Needed
- Cheese Grater / Hand Grater (to shred the soap)
- Large Wooden Spoon (to stir the mixture)
- Bucket with Lid (to store the soap) – 5 gallon bucket from hardware store is fine
- On your stovetop, place grated soap in a large pan with 6 cups of water and heat until the soap melts.
- Add washing soda and borax and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat.
- In your storage bucket, pour 4 cups hot water. Add soap mixture and stir well, then add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir again until mixed well.
- Put the top on the bucket. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours; it will congeal into a gel.
- Stir the soap before each use. Use ½ cup per load (a little more or a little less depending upon how soiled your laundry is).
Please note: This is a low-sudsing soap, so you will not see bubbles or suds in the water. The suds aren’t what do the cleaning – it’s the ingredients!