Monday, May 2, 2011

Homemade Laundry Soap

I really don't mind doing laundry.  I'm lucky to have a good washer and dryer that do all the work for me.  What I do mind, however, is the ridiculous price of commercial laundry detergent.  Yes, I know it works well and smells nice, but I just can't stomach paying $16 for chemical filled blue goo in an orange plastic bottle that will most likely end up in the landfill.  Fortunately, I learned how to make my own laundry soap.  I know you're thinking, "Isn't making soap all complicated and don't you have to use lye?"  Nope, not laundry soap.  It really is pretty simple, I promise.  So let's get started!

Homemade Laundry Soap

What You Need:

1 gallon water
1 ounce Fels Naptha Soap
1/4 cup Borax
1/4 cup Washing Soda
(I find the soap, Borax and washing soda all side by side in the laundry aisle at our Fred Meyer.)
20 drops Essential Oils (I use Lavender and Rosemary)
1 gallon container ( I saved an old laundry soap bottle)

What You Do:

In a large pot, heat 2 cups of the water.
Grate 1 ounce of the soap.  (I know, it looks just like cheese!)
Add the soap to the water and stir until the soap is completely melted.
Add the borax...
 then the washing soda, and stir until well disolved.

Remove from heat and add the rest of the water.

Using a stick blender, blend until well combined.
Add essential oils and blend again.
Pour into your container and let it cool.  It will form into a sort of gel. 
 Now put a cute label on it and your done!
Use 1 cup per load. Shake well before each use. 

That's it!  It's that simple.  And it only takes about 15 minutes to make.  Still nervous?  If I tell you that it only costs about 75 cents to make will it sway you a bit?  Really.  75 cents.  And it works pretty good.  Granted, it's not as powerful as the store stuff.  You might have to scrub out a few stubborn stains by hand, but that is a trade off I am happy to make for that kind of savings and peace of mind knowing what's on my clothes and therefore on my skin.  Happy washing!


  1. Hey Steph! This is fabulous! How long have you been making your own laundry soap? Marvelous you!

  2. I've made it on and off for a few years, but now that money is pretty tight I've been making it more regularly.

  3. Just discovered your blog, and love it! I have been considering making my own laundry detergent but have a front load washing machine. Do you know if it will work? Thanks, Kim

  4. From what I've read online, it should be ok in a front loader. I have a top loading HE washer, so I can't tell you from experience, but I think it would be fine :)