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Homemade Laundry Soap

Psalm 51:7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

I made homemade laundry soap in powdered form last year and I did not like it. I used up to triple the recommended amount and still my clothes were not clean looking. So I gave up on it for a while. Well a few weeks ago I was cleaning out my cabinets and I came across the supplies I had left from when I made the powdered soap. After speaking with some internet friends they convinced me to try the liquid. I am so glad they did. This recipes is floating everywhere around the internet. From my understanding it became popular when the Duggar’s said on TV this is what they did.

Homemade Laundry Soap – Liquid
Makes 10 gallons

4  Cups – hot tap water
1  Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (Not Baking Soda)
½ Cup Borax


First you have to buy the supplies. I found them at Walmart. They were all together in the laundry aisle on the very bottom shelf. The total cost was about $7 for all three ingredients.

Step One – Grate the soap. Alot of people said this is the most annoying step so I chopped the soap instead. It took forever to melt. Next time I will chop it, then run it through my food processor.

Step Two – Melt the soap with 4 cups of hot water on the stove.

Step Three – Put 1 cup Washing Soda and 1/2 cup Borax in a 5 gallon bucket. Fill the bucket half full with HOT water. Mix well. Add the melted soap. Mix. Fill the bucket the rest of the way with hot water. Mix some more. It’s ok if your soap isnt gelled yet. It will be in the morning when cool. It will be like gel floating in water.

This 5 gallon bucket is considered undileted. You will dilute is 1:1 with water. You can either poor half the mixture into another 5 gallon bucket and add water to both or you can fill old containers half with soap mixture half with water. Or you can do what I did and fill one old detergent container half with soap half with water and leave the rest in the bucket. When the container is empty i will fill it again.


Review:  I use it often. My first test was when I washed my guinea pigs bedding (I use fleece and towels for part of their cage) I was highly impressed. It got most of the staining out and ALL of the smell out. I normally wash my guinea pig’s bedding with bleach. I didnt for this test just to see. I was impressed. It doesnt get your whites as white as you might be used to because most commercial laundry detergent have enzymes and brighteners. It doesn’t get spaghetti sauce out well (but then again neither does the Aldi brand I have). Clothes come out of the dryer with no odor – that is good.  The best part of all is the cost $7 for the initial supply and after your first 10 gallons run out it only cost $1 to get a bar of soap until the other things run out. The other things wont run out for a long time.




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