Home Made Laundry Soap

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I have tried every laundry detergent on the market over the years and nothing works better than home made.
I normally coupon and get all my detergent for free or close to free, but when I really need the tuff stains to come out I grab my home made detergent. 
My teenage son works in a body shop and I think they sweep the floors at the end of the day and roll him in the grease and grime.  That boy sure isn’t afraid to get dirty.  Even the expensive brand names never come close to getting everything out of his clothing.  

But this does every time.
What you will need is:
1C Washing Soda
1/2C Borax
1 Bar Fels-Naptha Soap
per batch

And a hand grater or your food processor to grate the Fels-Naptha.

1.  Grate the soap (I cut the soap into smaller pieces before running it through my food processor.)

2.  Add the washing soda, borax, and stir.


 3. Place into a storage container and use 1tsp to 1T per load depending on how soiled the clothing. You can also add essential oil if you like a certain scent.
I have a front loader and use 1T per load,  I always have a full load.
Cost per load is around 5 cents.
Frugal and gets the job done.

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Comments

  1. says

    Love this post- I just blogged about the real cost of laundry soap… hope you can visit there.

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    We’ve been making natural laundry soap for years- nothing like it. We create the soap with our own natural soap because we don’t create anything with tallow ( Fels-Naptha has tallow)- just a personal choice.

    Your recipe looks wonderful- Our natural laundry soap never needs added fabric softener- do you find this also?

  2. says

    I am going to have to try this, Dawn~I have seen this recipe now for the 3rd or 4th time and everyone of you has raved about it. xo Diana

  3. says

    I use All free and clear, too. I’m interested in trying this recipe to see how it works, though. I’ve heard of people making their own detergent and wondered how well it worked. Your comments about your son are funny!

  4. says

    My daughter in law just told me this weekend she has started making her own laundry soap and loves it. I’m going to pass on your recipe as well, I don’t know maybe she is already using yours!

    ~Bliss~

  5. says

    I love using homemade laundry soap. I use Zote Bars instead of Fels Naptha. But I keep a bar of Fels in my laundry room, and if I have a stubborn stain, I rub a little Fels on it, and it is gone.
    : )

  6. says

    I have been using homemade for a little over a year now and love it. I use a full cup of both washing soda and borax. Didn’t care for the smell of Fel Naptha so I use either ivory soap or one of my homemade bar soaps. Also use 2 tbsp per load in my front loader. No fabric softener or sheets. Sometimes add vinegar to the rinse. It’s great!

  7. Anonymous says

    I have seen diff. forms of this recipe on the blogs I follow, and yours seems to be the easiest! Will definitely try it!

  8. Anonymous says

    Penelope asked the question that I have copied below…. I too have the same question as I am concerned about clogging up my expensive machine!
    “Question: I have a HE Front Loader. Will this work, and do I add it to the drum or the dispenser?”

  9. says

    I also have an HE loader and I add it directly to the drum. I have never had any issues with clogging it up. If anything this would be better for the machine than anything commercial manufactured. I still do the cleaning after 60 loads as my washer recommends. I have never had a problem:)

    • Anonymous says

      Wal-Mart has the ingredients.
      where did you did you get your jarr at?

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