Homemade Laundry Soap

Its simple… debt-free living on a tight budget means you have to make stuff from scratch. What I didn’t realize was how MUCH I’d actually save. Its incredibly ridiculous.

Also ridiculous… how EASY it is to make. I’m not a recipe person. I know how to measure and follow recipes, but I hate them nonetheless. This was a piece of cake. Only, not one I’d ingest.

This recipe calls for three simple ingredients: Borax, Washing Soda, and Fels Naptha (or just a simple bar of soap). We found all ingredients in a row, ON SALE at Fred Meyer. If I continue making this, I plan to look online and buy in bulk and on sale. 🙂 One friend mentioned the smell of Fels Naptha irritated her, so if you’re sensitive to strong scents, try buying a simple bar of Ivory soap.

Ingredients 1 bar soap OR 1/3 bar of fels naptha (a stronger soap, found on the detergent aisle) 1/2 cup washing soda 1/2 cup borax, and water

Supplies 2 gallon bucket large pot wooden spoon (or something to stir with) cheese grater


  1. Grate soap into a sauce pan.  You’ll want to grate it completely, not just chop it up because it will take quite a while to melt if the chunks are too big.  I’d also suggest wearing rubber gloves if you are using fels naptha because it can be a little irritating on your skin if you handle it too long.
  2. Add 6 cups water and heat on medium until the soap melts, stirring occassionally.
  3. Add washing soda and borax and stir until dissolved.  Remove from heat.
  4. Pour 4 cups hot water into 2 gallon bucket, then add soap mixture.
  5. Add 1 gallon (16 cups) plus another 6 cups water and stir.
  6. Allow to sit for about 24 hours, then it’s ready to use!  The consistency should be something like egg flower soup, with some thicker chunks, but mostly liquid.  Use about 1/2 cup per load of laundry.

This made 8 quarts. Which equals 32 Cups of liquid. Since you use 1/2 Cup per load, that’s 64 loads for apprximately $1.30. AND its good on the environment, and septic tanks. 🙂



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