I’m so excited to share this Make your Own Laundry Soap recipe with everyone! This is one major way that I save my family money and it doesn’t require any coupons! I make our own laundry detergent! It’s easy to do and it’s so cheap….we are talking pennies a load! And yes, it can be used in HE front loading washers because it doesn’t make suds. (That’s the type of washing machine I personally have)
This recipe makes 5 gallons of laundry soap. Before you make it save containers and have them ready to be filled. Empty detergent bottles and milk jugs work great!
First thing you need to do is gather the ingredients. I was able to find everything I need at Walmart in the laundry isle. The picture above shows what the shelf looked like and the prices when I bought them.
You need these 3 ingredients (plus water):
Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda (Note: This is NOT baking soda!!)
Borax, I recommend the 20 Mule Team
Fels-Naptha Heavy Duty Laundry Bar Soap (it doesn’t suds up)
Materials you will need:
A cheese grater
5 gallon bucket with lid
Long stick for stirring, like a broom handle
Empty containers to store the finished soap
To make each batch of laundry soap you will only need 1 cup of Washing Soda, 1 Cup Borax and 1 Bar of Fels-Naptha. As you can tell by the size of the boxes you will be able to make a lot of batches. So that means you will only need to buy a new Fels-Naptha bar each time.
Grate the bar of Fels-Naptha soap. It’s very soft so it shouldn’t take very long. It’s important to have the whole bar grated. One time I got lazy and just chopped up a portion and it never dissolved properly.
Put everything into a big pot and fill it 3/4 of the way full with water. Heat on medium high until everything is dissolved and blended together. Be sure not to let it boil over, it makes a mess…again I know from experience!
When the soap mixture is all blended together put it in the 5 gallon bucket. Fill the bucket with the hottest tap water you have. Fill it almost all the way full. Just leave enough room to be able to stir it around.
That’s it for now. Put the lid on it and let it sit over night.
This is what it looks like after it sets over night. It all gels together. Take a long stick, like a broom handle, and stir it together. Break it up as much as possible.
I put my youngest to work stirring, she is the reason I do so much laundry!
When the mixture is as smooth as you can get transfer it to your clean containers. I leave a little room in mine and add some extra hot water and shake it up to help mix it one last time.
Label the containers and you’re done! You can use any where from 1/4-1/2 cup. experiment and see what works for you. Make sure you shake the container before each use.
I made a batch in February, I didn’t have to make more until October…and we have a family of 5! And since I already had the boxes of Borax and Washing Soda all I needed to buy was the Fels-Naptha bar, which is less than $1!
If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to ask!
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