Make Your Own Laundry Soap for Pennies
You can make your own homemade laundry soap for literally pennies. Our recipe can be made for about 50 cents per gallon.
- large stock pot or dutch oven
- six cups boiling water
- 1/2 cup borax
- 1/2 cup washing soda
- 1/3 of a bar of finely grated Fels Naptha®, Zote® or any scent of Dr. Bronner’s bar soap
- 20 drops of essential oil (see more information below)- optional
- liquid bluing – optional (liquid bluing added to laundry soap helps keep whites brighter without the use of bleach). Do not add if you use a front loading HE machine. Learn how to add seperately to laundry. Read the product MSDS
- In a large stock pot, heat 6 cups of water to a boil, then turn off the heat.
- Add soap and stir until it is completely dissolved.
- After the soap dissolves, stir in the washing soda and borax. Mix well.
- Add one-quarter cup liquid bluing (optional). Note: Liquid bluing may turn the laundry soap yellow but it will not affect the soap.
- Using a large 3 to 5 gallon plastic bucket or container (You can get this free from the grocery store. Ask for empty icing buckets), add 1 quart of very hot tap water. Add soap mixture. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Add enough cold water to soap mixture to equal two gallons.
- Stir in essential oil (optional): Lemon or Orange=degreaser, Oregano or Thyme=disinfectant, Eucalyptus or Rosemary=antibacterial. You can combine several of these to produce the desired effect. We use Lemon, Thyme and Rosemary. If you would like to purchase wild-crafted, organic essential oils, we only recommend Be Young Essential Oils. To receive a 20% discount on their products, please register as a share partner here. It is free.
- Let mixture set for 24 hours. The solution will gel as it cools. Stir thoroughly to combine.
- Pour it into a clean container. Clean milk jugs, large juice bottles, or old laundry jugs will work well. Place cap on bottle. Label.
To Use: Shake well before each use (soap may separate).
- Top loading machines Use 1/2 cup per regular load of laundry. If you have a very grimy or large load, use 1/3 cup. If you have extra hard water, add an extra 1/2 cup borax to the load.
- Front loading machines use 1/4 cup per load. This soap will not create suds in the washer, which makes it perfect for HE machines.
This soap cleans very well in cold, warm, or hot water. You can also use it to soak your finest sweaters. It rinses clean and leaves no residue. Try it on spots or stains as a pre-wash. For stubborn stains try wetting the fabric and rubbing a corner of the Fels Naptha soap bar on the stain. It is effective on grease and many food stains.
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