Laundry Soap

April from Red Dirt Mama is one of my closest friends. A few months ago, one of her blogfriends made laundry soap, and she decided to follow suit. Her post about it is here. When she made it and raved about it, I decided to take a spin of the wheel.

This “recipe” is really easy. Actually, it’s pretty much idiot-proof. It’s also a million times cheaper than store-bought, pre-made laundry detergent. It has a lovely “clean” scent, not an nauseating fake floral or fruit scent. It also seems to be non-irritating. My daughter and my husband are both sensitive to certain kinds of laundry soap, and both of them are doing just fine.

One of my fears about making it was that it wouldn’t be worth the effort – that I’d have to make it every week (or make a ton of it at one time), or that it wouldn’t smell good, or wouldn’t work as well, or something. Let me tell you – it’s definitely worth it. I put in about 20 minutes of work, and got a good supply of it. I made it almost a month ago, and I’ve barely made a dent in it.
This is suitable for HE and standard washers. Anecdotally, my washer smells better too – it doesn’t have that gunky smell that front-loaders are notorious for getting.

Here’s what you’ll need:
Super Washing Soda โ€“ 1 cup
Borax โ€“ 1 cup
1 laundry bar soap (Fels-Naptha is common)
Baking Soda โ€“ 1/4 cup

I also added a cup of Oxy-Clean to the mix, but it’s not necessary, and not pictured.
I also should mention that I still have a TON of the baking soda, Borax, and washing soda left. Next time I make this, I’ll only need to buy the bar of laundry soap. All these items (except the baking soda) are found on the laundry aisle of your store.

You’ll also need a container. I buy those dishwasher “pod” things, and I had an empty tub from those that works just fine (yes I am one of those crazypeople who saves every container, but I really do use them), but you can use whatever. An empty peanut butter jar, whatever.

Here’s the hardest part – you have to grate the bar of soap. Just sit on the couch with your favorite show and get at it.

Watch your fingers when you get it down to a little nugget.

This is what it looks like when it’s done. Reach in there and crumble it up a bit.

Get out your measuring cups and dump in the other ingredients, and stir it up with your hands. (If you shake it, all the soap will work its way to the top – just stir.)
I always add a bit of Oxy-clean to our laundry, so I made my life a bit easier and added the Oxy-clean to the soap mix.

This is what it looks like. I put 1/8 cup (that’s 2 tbsp) in the soap compartment of my washer (I have a front loading HE washer, by the way). Our clothes are clean and smell great, and none of us have itchy skin! Not to mention how nice it is to not have to buy it so often.

Do you make any of your own cleaners? Why, or why not?

18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tyler Centrich
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 15:03:07

    I decided to post just to say SHUT THE HELL UP, kiddo. You should be ashamed of using such a dirty language.


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    Mar 23, 2012 @ 22:28:54

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  3. Heidi
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 00:33:13

    Those are some pretty awesome spammers – ROFL! Anways, loved the post. This is a pretty sweet idea. I’m willing to give it a try and see how it compares to what I’m using.


    • Jamie B
      Mar 24, 2012 @ 13:28:34

      They cracked me up. I got another one today that was pretty unintelligible, but not as funny as the one here. Lol.
      I think you’ll love this stuff when you get a chance to try it. SUPER cheap and I love how it works and how it smells.


  4. vincentfarrellartist
    Apr 01, 2012 @ 22:04:05

    cool! want to try this one as well. great post!!!thank you!!!


    • Jamie B
      Apr 02, 2012 @ 17:55:19

      I’ve been using it for a while now and I’m still super happy with it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Give it a try next time you have to buy laundry soap – you won’t regret it.


      • vincentfarrellartist
        Apr 02, 2012 @ 18:04:30

        i definitely will do! laundry soap is one of my biggest expenses. i have a cat who ventures into ever nook and cranny of the house. actually we live with the cat and not the other way around. therefore, always doing laundry and looking for a solution so thanks so much for the insight!!peace!


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