Homemade Laundry Soap


This is one thing that no matter how you try, you can never get around. LAUNDRY! With a family of 6, let’s just say, 2 loads is a good day. I have so much laundry that I swear the laundry villain sneaks into the house at night and places clean clothes into the laundry baskets.

Enter…..Homemade laundry soap. I realized that making my own soap not only saves money, it’s better for you also.

Soaps on the market have harsh chemicals and leave a residue in your machine. It can also create a build up in your laundry. This only takes a few minutes of your time, and you’ll have 10 gallons of laundry soap!

Here is how I make my laundry soap:

Homemade Laundry Soap

1 Bar of Fels Naptha

1 Cup Borax

1 Cup Washing Soda

2 Buckets (5 gal)


Boiling hot water

Directions: Bring a pot of water to a boil. Grate fels naptha bar into 1 of the 5 gallon buckets. Add boiling hot water to bucket with soap. Stir until dissolved. Add borax and washing soda. Continue to stir until all incorporated. Add half of this mixture into the other bucket. Fill both buckets up with cold water and stir. Let sit overnight. In the morning, stir them one last time. They will set up and become gel like. Place near your machine. Add one cup of soap to the beginning of your wash cycle. Line dry if you can.

The fels naptha makes the clothes smell so fresh. This is also a great place to start if you are looking to make the switch over to trying to do things more self sufficiently. Your clothes will be fresh, clean, and soft!

2 thoughts on “Homemade Laundry Soap

  1. I’ve used a dry recipe for over twenty-five years similar to this one. 1 bar Fels-naptha, 3 cups borax and 3 cups washing soda. Grate the Fel-naptha bar and mix in with the borax and washing soda. Store in air tight container near the washer and use just 1/8 cup of this mix per load. If a really dirty load is to be washed, you can increase measuremnt up to 1/4 cup. This recipe is both standard and HE friendly 🙂 Add lavender OR 1/4 cup-1 cup white vinegar to rinse as a softener/freshener. I use about 30 drops of lavender essential oil added to 16-24oz spray bottle of water which I spray about 10 shots into the rinse compartment. Vinegar acts as a neutralizer, which can be kinder to sensitive skin. It is always advisable to pre-rinse diapers and then give them a second rinse after the wash to help avoid any irritation to baby’s bum no matter which recipe you use. This recipe can be easily modified using Octagon bars, Ivory, or almost any natural or homemade soap bars. I know there are other more “natural” recipes out there, but for inexpensive, effective, homemade, these recipes both fit the bill 🙂 I love your blog and vlogs! 🙂


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