Making your own laundry soap is SO incredibly easy. I was sold at the first use. AND, it’s way cheaper than the store brand variety.
I have tried a few recipes and this one is my favorite. Funny story about the Fels Naptha. When my sisters and I were little, my mom would threaten to wash our mouth out with the yellow bar of soap if we used bad language. I only remember this happening once to me, and I think it was more of a two second bite than an actual washing…but still.
DIY Laundry Soap Recipe
1 cup Borax
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup Oxiclean
1 bar Fels Naptha laundry soap bar
(Both the Washing Soda and the Fels Naptha soap can be found in the laundry aisle of most supermarkets.)
1. Combine the Borax, washing soda, baking soda and oxiclean in a big bowl and mix together
2. Grate the bar of soap using a cheese grater. It actually looks quite like cheddar cheese.
3. I use my blender to mix the soap with the other ingredients and break down the soap into smaller pieces. Put about half of the white mixture into your blender and half of the shredded soap so you don’t overload your blender. If you run it too long, I have found that the motor will heat up and some of the soap will melt and get stuck in the blade. So put it on the pulse setting and give it a few short pulses. You can also use a food processor if you prefer. Do the same to the second batch.
That’s it, you’re already done! See, not so hard after all. And doesn’t your kitchen smell heavenly now??
Use a funnel to put the soap into your container of choice. I use a large mason jar and put a cute label on it. Head on over to Limeshot Design for the free and adorable mason jar labels I used.
And the savings! This recipe will make approximately four cups of detergent. You only need to use 1-2 Tablespoons a load. So that gives you 32 regular loads or 16 large or heavily soiled loads. At just under $3 a jar for all the supplies, that makes for more money for things funner than laundry soap. (Yes, I know funner isn’t a word but it makes me laugh.)
One more thing – this formula is perfectly safe for HE machines because it is low sudsing.