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Make your own Laundry Soap and SAVE $ 12 July, 2008

Filed under: Frugality — weefay @ 3:52 pm

I really like to save money and more importantly I like to know/control the ingredients in the items we use.  Do a search for recipes and try out a few to get a feel of which process you like.  Trent at my favorite money/frugality blog has calculated the savings of making laundry soap and it basically equates out to an average $0.03 cents a load…wow, right.  If you want to research this idea more please visit “The Simple Dollar“.  Trent has done an excellent job of detailing everything for you!

Liquid Laundry Detergent:


2 gallon Recipe:


3 Pints Water

1/3 bar Fels Naptha Soap, grated

1/2 cup Washing Soda (Arm and Hammer, NOT baking soda though!!)

1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax

2 Gallon bucket to mix it in

1 Quart hot water Hot Water


Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints hot water and heat on low until dissolved. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat. Add 1 Quart Hot Water to 2 gallon Bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Fill bucket with additional hot water, and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load.


5 gallon Recipe: (my favorite)



1 bar grated Fels Naptha soap

5 gallon bucket

1 cup washing soda (Again, Arm and Hammer)

4 1/2 gallons water


Put grated Fels Naptha in saucepan and cover with water. Heat on low until dissolved. Fill bucket with hot water and add soap. Stir to combine. Add 1 cup washing soda and mix well. As it cools, it will thicken. May be used immediately. Use 1- 2 cups per load.  I sometimes add



Powdered Laundry Detergent


1 cup grated Fels Naptha Soap

1/2 cup washing soda

1/2 cup 20 mule team borax

Mix and store in airtight container or bag. For light loads, use 2 tablespoon. For heavy loads, use 3 tablespoons.


To make a large batch – grate 6 bars of Fels Naptha Soap and then add 3 cups of Washing Soda and 3 cups of 20 Mule Team Borax.  Mix well and store in covered container.


One Response to “Make your own Laundry Soap and SAVE $”

  1. Kara Says:

    I have been *this* close to taking the plunge into making my own laundry soap for some time now … and I think your post may have given me the final push I’ve been needing 🙂

    I’ve bookmarked this post and we’ll see if I get brave in between now and the next empty bag of detergent (I buy a natural detergent from a mom on etsy.com for now)

    thanks! 🙂
    Best Wishes

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