I love saving money. Who doesn’t? When I had heard of people saving money by making their own laundry soap, I wanted to know more. I hit the web to do a little research. There are plenty of recipes out there on Pinterest and Youtube. You can literally spend hours looking it up. My recipe is a combination of several that I saw and it works well for us.
Just as with commercial laundry detergents, there are two types of homemade: liquid and powder. After reviewing the directions of the liquid varieties, I decided the powdered stuff was much easier to make. I also opted to make a smaller batch, just in case I didn’t like it. Here is the recipe I use:
- one bar of Fels-Naptha soap
- one cup of Borax
- one cup of Washing Soda (NOT baking soda)
All of these ingredients can be found in the laundry aisle of your local Stuff Mart or grocery store.
First, I chop up the bar soap with a knife. Then I put it in the food processor to grind it up. Some people choose to use a grater, but I guess I’m too lazy so I go for the gadget. I usually only do about half of the bar first. I then add about half of the Borax and half of the Washing Soda and grind it some more. After I dump the first half of the batch into the container, I repeat the process with the remaining ingredients. You could probably do it all at once, but my food processor isn’t very large so I just break down the recipe. When all is done, I put it all in my container, put the lid on and give it a few good shakes to evenly distribute everything.
When it is time to do the laundry, put your clothes in the washer and add the soap directly onto the clothes. If you have an HE washer, don’t put the soap in the soap dispenser or it will just get wet and clump together. I usually put half of my clothes in, then sprinkle the soap on, and then add the rest of the load. And it only takes TWO TABLESPOON per load! Let me say that again: only TWO TABLESPOON per load! And that’s for our extra-large capacity front loader washer. For a regular-sized or smaller, you could use less. I use a little plastic cup we got with a bottle of medicine and just keep it in the container with the soap. It is the perfect measuring device.
The Fels-Naptha cost about $1.00 and you use the whole bar for one recipe. The Borax and Washing Soda are probably about $5 each, but you only use one cup so they last awhile longer. For less than $2.00, I can make enough laundry soap that probably washes the equivalent number of loads as what I used to pay $11.00 for in a name brand liquid. That makes my wallet happy.
I have been using this homemade soap recipe for probably six months and we have been very satisfied. The clothes come out clean. I still use a commercial stain removal product on occasion, just as I did when I used store-bought detergent. The Fels-Naptha has a very mild scent so if you prefer, you may want to add a powdered scent-boosting product. There are several options in the fabric softener section of laundry aisle.
With a family of seven, you can imagine we have a lot of laundry. If this is an area where I can save some money, I’m going to do it! I am saving money and not compromising on the quality of the job.