Homemade Laundry Soap

Homemade Laundry Soap

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I am so glad to find this recipe on several other blogs.  Making my own laundry soap is incredibly easy.  I use an electric cheese grater to grate the soap.  It only takes a few minutes too.  My very first time making this, I grated the soap by hand and it took forever!

Here are two recipes for homemade laundry soap!  The first one is a dry recipe.  The second recipe is a liquid recipe!  You are more than welcomed to create your own way of making your laundry soap.

I like easy recipes and both are incredibly easy.

Homemade Laundry Soap (dry)

1 cup Borax

1 cup Washing Soda

1 Bar of Fels-Naptha Soap (alternatively, you can use Kirk’s Castile, Ivory, Sunlight, Zote bars, or any natural soap)

Directions: Grate the soap with a cheese grater food processor. Place all ingredients in an airtight container and shake.  (can use a yogurt container)

Use 1 tablespoon per load, 2 tablespoons for heavily soiled loads.

You can find all three ingredients, including Borax, Washing Soda and Fels-Naptha at Walmart.

Homemade Laundry Soap (liquid)


1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax

1/2 cup Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda

1/2 bar Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Peppermint Soap


4 quart pot

Cheese grater

1 measuring cup


Grate 1/2 of the bar of Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Peppermint Soap. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil and stir in the grated soap until dissolved. Add the 1/2 cup washing soap and 1/2 cup borax and stir until dissolved.

Fill a container with 1 1/2 gallons of water. Pour the soap mixture into the water and stir until combined. Set aside undisturbed for 24 hours.

The resulting mixture may be thick, but after a stir it’s ready for use!

UPDATE: Since I still use this recipe, I have created my own liquid laundry soap from my powder recipe.  I make it in small batches and it can easily last for months. Good luck and have fun with this.

Ever since I have been using my homemade laundry soap, our clothes last longer in that they do not fade!  Our dark clothes stay dark.  My denim jeans really do not fade either.


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  4. Have you tried this recipe? does it really work well? I think I may try it so tell me where do you find "washing soap?"

  5. FitnessMom says:

    Hi Tawna,

    I do use this recipe! My MIL and I have been using this for almost a year, if not a little longer. It works just fine for us and has saved us money. I get the "washing soda" on amazon. I am sure you can get it on ebay, but I am not an ebay fan. You can also check the Arm & Hammer website and they will list the stores that carry it. I have to buy it online because the closest store that carries it is 45 minutes away. LOL

  6. Linda Bradshaw says:

    I use these for my laundry detergent but I also use purex crystals and oxiclean too. All these ingredients together make the best recipe ever and the laundry spells amazing! It also lasts me for about 8 months and I do 1 to 2 loads a day!! I love it and will never go back to anything else.
    1 Box of Super Washing Soda 3 lb. 7 oz.
    1 Box of Borax 4 lbs 12 oz. size
    1 container of Oxy-Clean 1.3 lb
    1 Box of Pure Baking Soda 4 lb.
    3 bars of Fels-Naptha 5.5 oz.
    1 bottle Purex Crystals 28 oz. for scent (I use the lavender)

    • Linda Bradshaw says:

      And I buy all mine from Walmart and they have all of them right next to each other or close by on the same aisle.

    • Linda Bradshaw says:

      One final thing, lol. You only have to use 1 to 2 Tablespoons per load. I have the HE front loader extra large washer and I use 2 tablespoons for a load.


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