Brand Name Laundry Detergent’s "Last Stand"!


So a couple of weeks ago I had HAD it!

I was FED UP!

I could not bring myself to buy ONE MORE bottle of over-priced, wastefully-packaged laundry detergent.

I just couldn’t do it!  

Now, I’m no eco-nazi (far from it), but buying those big bottles of laundry detergent, lugging them home and then turning around and throwing them away was definitely starting to get to me.  I mean seriously….what a monumental waste! Not to mention the COST!  $15 for a bottle of Brand Name Laundry Detergent that’s smaller than my fountain Diet Coke??  I won’t do it!

It was about this same time that I just happened to come across a picture someone posted on Pinterest of their “Homemade” laundry detergent!  Call me naive, but it had never even occurred to me that you could MAKE your own detergent!  I did a little research online and decided to give it at try.  It turns out it’s actually quite easy.

The first batch I made…I followed this recipe from The Rachel Berry Blog.

Liquid Laundry Soap-Family Sized Batch

I use approximately 1/2 – 1 cup per large load (depending on how dirty the clothes are!) 
For those of you with HIGH EFFICIENCY washing machines…this should work just fine in it. (There are dozens of comments below from people who have been using it in their HE machines with no problems.)

Worked out great. I’ve been very happy with it!  The main thing you have to get used to is it hardly make any suds at all.  At first this is a bit unnerving (especially for my husband!)…but the more I read about it online…I realized that “suds” are not what gets our clothes CLEAN.  As a matter of fact, as with dishwashing liquid, the suds are totally cosmetic and add no cleaning value. Less suds is actually better for our clothes. Today I realized we were getting close to the end of the first batch…so I decided to make some more. This time I followed a slightly different recipe I found online at Why Not Sew?

  • 1 bar of soap (any kind you want)
  • 1 cup of Borax
  • 1 cup of washing soda
  • a big pot ( that holds more than 2 gallons)
  • a grater
  • a funnel
  • a long spoon
  • 2 empty gallon jugs/containers

I use approximately 1/2 – 1 cup per large load (depending on how dirty the clothes are!) The main difference is that it makes a more manageable 2 gallons (instead of 5 gallons) and you can make it in one big pot on the stove, instead of having to use a 5 gallon bucket. Here are the two gallons I made today. homemade laundry soap

UPDATE: (10/2/11)

After months of making this laundry soap now….I have started dividing it into THREE gallon jugs instead of TWO.  I was always adding water anyway because it gets very thick! So I just decided to add a 3rd jug and now it seems to be just about right. :-)   Just an FYI!  STILL LOVIN this stuff!


homemade laundry soap


If you are a powdered detergent fan…you can also make a DRY version of the exact same soap.  Here is a recipe I found at

Powdered Laundry Soap:

  • 2 cups finely grated soap (Ivory, Fels Naptha, Zote, homemade, or a combination)
  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda

Mix and store in a coffee can or what have you. Use 1-2 T per load.

Since there is no water added…it is very concentrated and you hardly use any per load!


So….if you have reached the end of your “soap rope” when it comes to the high price of laundry detergent…I would whole-heartedly suggest giving this a try! I’m no math wiz…but from everything I’ve read online…this homemade stuff costs roughly .01-.03 cents a load!

I think I’m safe in saying I will never go back to lugging those big plastic bottles home from the store again.




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  1. Anonymous says

    FYI – If you are using Ivory soap – the easiest way to make powdered soap – put the bar of soap in the microwave for 1 minute and then take out the "glob" and place in a large bowl and place the remaining "core" back in the microwace for an additional minute and repeat – once cooled crushed in your hands and it will make a finr powder – you might want to do this outside and wear a mask – but it is the easiest way to make the powder.

        • says

          i found fels naptha and washing soda at my local hardware store. i have also tried zote soap (found at mexican grocery stores or 99 cent only stores in CA). target carried borax when i bought it about a year ago. i am sure that walmart would carry it as well! =)

            • Susan says

              Just made some over the weekend and it works GREAT, the only issue I have is that it almost turned solid after I put into the gallon containers. I originally made 3 gallons with the recipe above BUT now I am diluting each gallon container into 2. You really have to shake it up once you start to dilute it but it works great and doesnt smell bad once clothes are washed and dried.
              Less than 6.00 total and will end up with a ton of laundry soap.

              • Lana says

                I’ve been making and using the “dry” version of this recipe for about six months now and I love it. I just made another batch on Monday and broke the cost down per load and found out it is only costing about .06 per load!!!

                • BeezeyD says

                  Hi, When making the dry version, is it 1-2 tsp per load or 1-2 Tablespoons per load? I really want to try this as I feel I am constantly buying detergent. Also, I use Free & Clear, so does that mean I need to use a certain bar of soap or something over the other? Thanks for any info!

                    • g says

                      I don’t mix anything beforehand. At the beginning of the wash cycle, I add 1 tsp of washing soda, 1 tsp of borax, and 1 tsp of Dawn dish detergent (or 1 heaping tsp of grated Zote or other bar soap) to my extra large capacity top loading machine. I’ve been doing this for several months, and it works very well. Storing jugs of mostly water isn’t an option for me.

        • leigh says

          I make the dry version and we loveeeee it! I have used both the fels naphtha and the zote. My family like the smell of the fels naphtha better. I also add 2 large bottles of purex crystals as well. I have used the lavender scent and my sister uses the blue one. They both make your laundry smell FANTASTIC!! I even put a little in a zip-lock baggie and put it under the seat in my suv. My car even smells wonderful! Love it!!

          • Alicia says

            I Love the Purex Crystals! I used them before separately but then added them to my homemade liquid laundry soap after it thickened and it gave it the perfect scent!
            I also took new dryer sheets, put a Tbsp of the crystals in the middle and tied it with a small rubber band. I put one in each dresser drawer in the house! Keeps all the clothes smelling so fresh! I hadn’t thought about doing it for the car!

      • Annie says

        I get my fels naptha at Wal Mart and my borax and Arm & Hammer there also – In fact – at the Wal Mart I go to – they are right next to each other in the laundy soap aisle.

      • jean says

        I find the arm and hammer, fels napha and borax at krogers. I wasn’t crazy about the Fels smell, so this time when I melted the soap I added Gain crystals made to make your clothes smell fresh. It worked out very well and gives your laundry that fresh clean smell!

    • tina says

      i have an HE washer and i think it is better for them because if you notice, the HE washing powders and liquid are low suds. since this recipe has hardly any suds at all, it has to be better. i have been using it since February and i love it!!! plus it made the musty smell in my washer go away.

        • Jenn says

          Michelle, I use it in my HE machine and it has not done a thing. In fact, I find the mildew smell is gone so I am not cleaning my washer all of the time. I don’t know why but my HE front loader was just getting stinky and was making me clean it after every load, probably the rubber around the door seal.

          • Susan says

            Water gets trapped in the rubber gasket of the front loaders plus under the tub. man. recommends leaving the door open for a while to dry the inside. No more musty smell.
            Putting vinegar about a cup into a load also works to get ride of the smell.
            So glad to have come across a make it yourself great laundry det.

            • Laura says

              I have an HE machine I LOVE but the best way to keep the mildew smell away is 1) keep the door open all the time, 2) occasionally take an old towel and wipe out the insides of the rubber seal (it can be pretty nasty if you wait too long to do this and so I just throw it in with a load of dirty jeans) , 3) use a Q-tip to clean out the 3 drain holes at the bottom inside part of the rubber gasket so the water can drain out of the seal, and 4) lastly, get the tablets to rinse out the entire machine and be sure and select the Cotton cycle with Hot water, Extra Rinse Tub Clean. My repairman told me about #3 & #4! The first time I used the tablets I had to do it twice to clean out the washer and get rid of the smell, but it is all worth it for benefits of an upright machine.

        • Lynn Holom says

          I’ve been using it in my HE machines for over a year and I do not see any reason why it would be bad for the machine. You can also throw it in the door with the clothes if your worried about putting it in the slot. Try it you’ll like the soap and the savings.

  2. Jill Nystul says

    Hi Anony….I have read up on this a LOT…and while there is no clear YES from any manufacturer saying it's just fine to use homemade laundry soap in HE appliances (I suspect they don't want to upset the soap manufacturers)….I have read dozens of comments from people who have HE washers and have been using this stuff for years with no problems. This soap have virtually no suds…(which takes some getting used to at first) so it's actually perfect for HE washers because they require low-sudsing detergent. Bottom line…if I HAD a high efficiency washer…*I* personally would not hesitate to use this. :-) Hope this helps!

      • Kelly says

        I originally made the liquid recipe using fels naphtha. Now I use the powder recipe because my husband comes home with grease and diesel on his clothes. I needed to be able to use more detergent. The liquid wasn’t concentrated enough for his clothes. I use 3 Tbsp with his work clothes.

      • leigh says

        I was told to add the dry detergent to the bottom of the tub instead of putting it in the cup. My washer says to only use the liquid in the cup. So I sprinkle the bottom of my tub with the dry before adding my clothes.

  3. Cori says

    I followed the directions on your other post (with all of the pictures) and it still said 2 gallon jars so that's what I did. Is it going to be fine or should I somehow change it to 3? I do have an HE front loader so maybe I could just dilute as I put in (except since I don't have a sink near-by it might be a pain. Any suggestions?

  4. Jill Nystul says

    Elizabeth…I think, Yes. :-)

    Ruth…not dumb at all! I grate the soap using my cheese grater. :-) I use the Fels Naptha soap you can find in the laundry soap aisle of the store…but I've read that many people just use a bar of ivory soap. I actually think whatever kind of soap you have on hand would work.

    Danielle…my hubby is ALWAYS unsure about the "crazy" (like a fox!) stuff I come up with…but he always comes around too! :-)

    Cori…i wouldn't worry about it at all. The first several batches I made were in just 2 bottles. It's just a LOT thicker, making it a little more difficult to "pour" out of the bottle. I would just keep adding water to the bottle each time you use some of the thicker stuff until it's about the consistency you like it. But I really wouldn't worry about diluting it before using. Just use a little less. With it divided into 3 bottles…I tend to use a little MORE each time. Hope this helps!

    Jane….that is awesome! It's nice when the husband gets on board with these things. :-)

    • Tamsyn says

      I have been making my own liquid laundry soap for a couple of years and I use the Sunlight bar because I have yet to find Fels-Naptha (I’m in Canada). I just grate it up with a cheese grater like Jill and make around 15 L at a time. I find it does need a shake before using so I use old laundry soap containers like Jill :)

      I have been told by other DIY-ers that you can use glycerin soap as well but don’t use Dove because of the lotions added to it. They leave white marks on your clothing.

      • Demaroge says

        Hi Tamysn ~

        You can order Fels-Naptha online if you really want it. It has a nice smell. It has maybe tea tree or eucalyptus oil?… not sure but just a touch of it. I have read that it is not a completely “natural” product so if that is important to you then don’t worry your pretty little head about it, eh. ;)

      • says

        I use my own pure castile soap ( It works fine. However, I made the liquid version here & it separates with the powders becoming relatively hard & all the shaking in the world doesn’t help. I even brought it all to a boil a second time, but it still separated in a couple of days. I used to make liquid laundry soap with just grated soap & rain water (for softness) & that works fine, so it’s the powders that cause the problem. I can always add washing soda to especially dirty loads.

  5. Anonymous says

    Love, love, love your recipe. I made a dry batch with Ivory soap. I grated it, let it dry on waxed paper in the wash room, then used my food processor to mix. I stored it in a plastic container (saved from take out Chinese). When I was at Wal-Mart the other day I picked up a bar of Fel Naptha to use in my next batch. Sat it on the dryer in my wash room and I can't believe how good that stuff smells…like a scented candle burning in there. I'll be checking out your homemade laundry line up soon. A funny thing happend at WM…I usually chat with the lady that answers the phones and monitors the dressing rooms…there was a box of washing soda sitting on her desk. She said someone had called to ask if they carried it. She didn't know what it was. I explained to her about Pinterest and all the goodies on there…love sharing!!! Chat with you later, gator!

  6. Anonymous says

    Does this clean as well as Tide with Bleach Alternative? Do your clothes fade or pill? I've used a lot of detergents and always come back to the Tide with Bleach because my clothes don't fade or pill with it. But I don't like the new scents. Also, if you come up with a home made version of Tide's new stain releas in-wash booster PLEASE let me know! That stuff is incredible, takes out stains Oxiclean won't touch, and is very expensive.

    • Karen J Moseley says

      I swear by Dawn dish soap! I put a dab on any spots and rub it in. Takes out the stain every time. In the comments above, someone said they always add a tsp. to their wash. I will be trying that. I’m thinking that it would only be for the Whites, as it contains bleach.

  7. Anonymous says

    Can you use Dove go fresh scented bar soap? Also does it get too thick that you couldn't put it in the old soap containers I keep them sometimes and have them around the house so I was wondering if i could put it in there and dispense it that way? Thank you Becki

  8. Anonymous says

    Your second recipe calls for any bar of soap yet from your posts, if I'm following correctly, you are using the Fels Naptha soap. Is the Fels Naptha soap the same size as a bar of soap? Looking at the link for the Fels Naptha soap it appears to be a larger size than the normal bar of soap. Could this be why you are dividing by three gallons rather than two?

    • Kayla says

      Fels-Naptha is a 5.5 oz bar. It is longer than most soaps but it’s also skinnier. I personally use Fels-Naptha, but I grew up with it in my Grandmothers house. She uses it to pre-treat stains or wash clothes by hand.

  9. Anonymous says

    I am ready to make this in the dry version… but I wanted to know if I will need to use hot water to get the soap to dissolve. I have been reading the posts above have noticed some clumping stated, just wondering if the dry version does this. The only items I wash in hot water are my whites, with bleach… which will hopefully change soon too,
    many thanks from…
    "things are a changing around here…"

  10. Jodi~GettingRaw says

    I'm SO excited to find your blog- Thank you Pinterest! I've been up late reading thought all your DIY cleaning and laundry posts and can I tell you I have never been so exited to get cleaning things!?! or anxious to run through all my existing store bought stuff. LOL! I guess I have to wait for now (or at least until morning to get started) and then until I run through my supplies. Then I'm off to find some ingredients to get cleaning! Thanks for giving me a whole new outlook on household chores. My hubby won't know what happened to me! ;-)

  11. The MacMama says

    I love your blog! MOST DEFINITELY keep the great ideas coming. I can't wait to try all of your ideas. I love to make everything from scratch so this blog is right up my alley. Thanks again!

  12. Anonymous says

    I use the water bottle jugs at walmart with the spout on them… found in the rubbermaid isle. I make the detergent in a gallon milk jug and pour it in the water jug. It holds a gallon and a half so there is plenty of room to shake. it sits on top of the washer and I just slide it over the detergent dispenser and open the spout! Very Handy!!

    • Amber Gross says

      ah….I just mentioned that myself. Came up with it back in January. Did you pin my pin??? Great minds. I actually have a measuring cup that had a loop in it. The measuring cup hangs on the spout snd I pour in liquid into the cup and voila! I love the dispenser! So I mix my stuff up in the rubbermaid (3 galloon) tub and then funnel into my dispenser. I make half batches at a time so I don’t have to store so much. However, since I have 2 of those beverage dispensers (one stays empty in the fridge) I may simply go ahead and figure out how to have 2 dispensers full of laundry soap. Less pouring in the short run! But really it’s worth the work to save so much money! I’ve only had to make 1 1/2 batches since January and I usually wash anywhere from 12 to 14 loads a week. Love the stuff- love my dispenser!

  13. Holly says

    I have been making homemade dry laundry detergent for about 6 months now. At first I was hand grating the feltz-naptha THEN my wonderful wonderful hubby suggested I use the food processor to grate the soap! So now I grate the feltz-naptha and the when I get the bar of soap grated I switch to the grinding blade, add the soap, borax and arm and hammer washing powder and pulse! So much easier! Love the homemade dry laundry soap!

    • Joan says

      Try putting Fels bar in microwave in 30 minute increments on a plate -salad size is what I used. I cut bar in half – it will swell and have small holes / pores in it. The outside you may have to put back in for 15 to 30 seconds more after you cut out middle swelled part- let it cool then put in processor with blade. It processes easier as it puffs and drys a little.
      Zote soap cut into cubes put on plate for about 1 1/2 minutes until they look somewhat like marshmallows and cool and process with blade.
      Ivory soap makes a glob you remove and you microwave the rest longer until it makes – cool – process with blade or rub hands together to powder. > someone else posted this one for Ivory so I tried the others.

      • Pati says

        I made the dry laundry powder tonite and I cut each bar of Fels Naptha in 6 pieces and put about 10 pieces on a paper plate in the microwve for 3 min. then put in the food processor. It turned into a VERY fine powder that mixed GREAT with the rest of the ingredients. I washed clothes tonite for the first time with it and let me say that it is WODNERFUL !!! The towels were fluffy and soft and the entire load smelled wonderful . LOVE IT ! Will NEVER go back to the expensive stuff !

        • Shaina Reynolds says

          How many bars of fels did you process for the dry recipe? It says 2 cups grated but I don’t know what that translates too once you put it in the food processor? Did you just use 2 bars? I am planning to make this tomorrow since my Tide is gone! So excited but need to know how much. Please help!

  14. Jill Nystul says

    Someday I'm going to have to give the dry stuff a try. Just for the heck of it. :-) The food processor sure would be easier! My arm gets tired by the end of the fels naptha bar! lol. That bar of soap is hard as a rock!

        • Kyra says

          Jillee I make the powder version and after grating it with the large grater instead of the small one, I put it in my magic bullet and in about 15 seconds one bar is very finely grated and it blends so much better with the borax and washing soda. I have found this is soooo much easier than mixing with water and/or cooking it. 2 tablespoons per large load. 1 bar of FN in fine powder comes to about 1 1/2 c, plus 3/4 c borax and 3/4 cup washing soda comes to 3 cups total. Using 2 T for a large load comes to about 24 loads per 3 cups….talk about a space saver. I keep it in a zip lock bag right on top of the dryer.

  15. Anonymous says

    well there is another difference between your first attempt and your second, less water in the recipe means your soap is more concentrated, so unless you use smaller amounts of soap in each load your cost per load has gone up slightly as well… i for one am actually going to try your more concentrated method because i have found that this soap works great on day to day dirty laundry, but it still doesnt work quite as well as brand name, on my husbands heavily dirty greasy work cloths… for that i have still had to keep a small bottle of tide on hand.

  16. Anonymous says

    This was my firs attempt at making homemade laundry detergent and i can say that it came out great and actually works just as well as the name brands. The only problem i have had, which may not be a problem, is after it sits there are what looks like small chunks that pours out of the bottle when i use it. Is this normal or do i need to do something other than shake it well beforeeach use and let the lumps remain?

  17. Becca says

    Do you know if there are any recipes that use like Dawn dish soap instead of bar soap? My husband is a mechanic and I was thinking maybe the dish soap would work better on grease??? Really not sure, nor am I sure if you can make laundry soap with the dish soap. I have also made my own oxy and used as a booster……but spot treating really isn't much of an option usually due to the large surface areas affected.

    Also, my first batch came out rather clumpy after it sat between washings. I tried shaking it up, but it is still rather clumpy. Is this normal? Just wanted to make sure.

    • Sherri P. says

      For the liquid soaps made with Fels Naptha (and other soaps, I guess) soap, I have added marbles to the bottom of the bottle of soap. Actually they are from a bag of flower arranging glass “marbles”, not kid’s toy marbles. Anyway, I have several bottles that have pump-tops on them, so I don’t have to worry about the marbles falling out, but I just shake up my soap really well before each use, and it pumps out just fine. When the bottles are almost empty, I simply pour more soap from another bottle without a pump, through a funnel into the empty bottle. Works great!!

  18. Jill Nystul says

    Becca…you read my mind! I was JUST thinking about that this morning. A reader sent me a "recipe" to try with Dawn and I was going to mix up a batch and try it today. I'll keep you posted! :-)

    A few answers to questions/comments above:

    I add just enough water to the pot to melt the soap, washing soda and borax (keeping in mind it WILL expand. Heat low and slow!) Then I divide THAT between (3) 1 gallon containers, then add the water. See this post for LOTS of pictures! :-)

    The "lumps/clumps" in the homemade detergent is just fine. Some OCD people (their words, not mine!) will mix it all up with a paint mixer to avoid the clumps…but they don't bother me. :-)

    Melissa…I would definitely try it again. See my Step by Step photo tutorial…it should help a lot! NO MORE $13 TIDE! ;-)

    Gale…I must know where you got linen scented essential oil! That's my favorite type of smelly stuff. :)

    Jeannie….OOPS! Been there, done that!! Bet your stove top was nice a clean afterwards though? :-)

    Tammie R…you are most welcome! So glad you love it as much as I do!

  19. Gale says

    Jill, I got the Linen scented essential oil at Wal-Mart! I'm loving this laundry soap! Thanks so much for posting the "recipe", along with all of your other useful ideas! Absolutely LOVE your blog!!!

  20. SarahF0428 says

    I just bought all of the ingredients to make it and I am about to try it! Has anyone tried using scented soap (ie. Irish Srping, Dial)? For a better scent maybe? This is probably a dumb question, but could the oils make the clothing greasy?

  21. Amanda C. says

    Hobby Lobby sells scents specifically for soap making. For the powdered soap, I use a couple drops to make it smell yummy. They have lots of scents, too.

    Okay…back to reading other comments. =)

  22. Anonymous says

    I made the powder version last night. I was able to find everything I needed at Walmart. I used my food processor and added a few laundry crystals…I was done 5 mins later! My husband was rather impressed by how good it smells.

  23. Anonymous says

    LOVE it! I just found you through Pintrest today and excited. :)

    I'm curious, has anyone tried to put the liquid into one of the containers that has the "spigot" on it, where you just push the little rubber button to pour it? I think for me with some weakness and disability, that would be easier for me, than to have to lift and pour. Thanks! ~Pamela in Puyallup

  24. Anonymous says

    I'm going to buy the supplies today for this. As someone else commented, I was wondering about scented soap. I'm thinking about getting a good scent at Bath and Body Works, but do I need a bar or can I go with liquid body wash? So excited to try this!

  25. Anonymous says

    Fels Naptha Bar Soap: $.97
    Borax: $3.38
    Washing Soda: $3.24
    3 reusable 1 gallon bottles: $8.31
    End result: 3 gallons of laundry detergent, with enough ingredients left over to make this batch another 7 times, with a total cost of $15.90.

    Basically, $0.61 per gallon of laundry detergent. (ingredients only)
    Cost of one gallon of Tide at Walmart: $15.33 (calculated per ounce)

    Feeling so self satisfied: Priceless.

  26. MandaRoo says

    Oh I am SO excited to try this. Hittin target this afternoon! I'll have to go for powdered soap because we don't have any big pots. Would a scented soap work alright? I love just a hint of the floral smell but my hubs and son are sensitive to perfumed detergents but neither seem to have an issue with scented bar soap :)

    (also I'm right in the middle of following your "clean dishwasher" instructions, so happy to have found this blog!)

    • Demargoe says

      Mix it with a hand blender otherwise known as a “stick” blender. If you don’t have one ask your closest male with a drill if he has a paint mixer attachment! You could whisk it if your arms need a workout!

  27. Tasha says

    I am going to try this and I have a front loading H.E. machine. I think this would be perfect for H.E machines because the only difference between regular soap and H.E soap is that it has been formulated to suds up less. The soapy suds from regular soap can build up and leave a nasty residue in your machine. Those are the words of my owners manuall.

    • tina says

      you wont be disappointed. i have been using a powder version since February and i love it!!! the musty smell that was in my washer is gone now. i think it is the best thing i have ever made. i will never buy laundry detergent again.

  28. yellowrose says

    @mandymel5… I heated mine in the pot while stirring all the time just until the soap shreds dissolved. I should have gone with the suggested 3 gallon containers instead of the two because once it had cooled completely, it thickened and set up like jello! :-)… When I went back to use it, I had to work and work to thin it down enough to divide the first bottle off into another jug so that I could then thin them a little more. Do, indeed, go with at least 3 containers and leave enough head room that you can thin it more, if needed. I'm pleased with the job it does cleaning, though. Even worked well on my husband's nasty, nasty white socks that he wore while mowing. Has anyone else had the problem with it thickening up so much?

  29. Jeni says

    Having used a recipe similar to this religiously for the past year and a half (Thanks Grams!), I have a few things to add to this already amazing recipe! 1) I throw my soap bars into the freezer for a few hours in a zip-loc bag before using my hand grater. I do this to make really small flakes that easily dissolve in cold water and to keep the soap from dissolving on my hands 2) For those of you using a food processor to grate your soap, toss in 1/2 cup of baking soda with your soap chunks. It helps keep the soap from gumming up the blades AND it helps soften the water a bit more

  30. ruth says

    I have tried several homemade laundry soaps . Think I will try the dry one next . The one I am using now is from the website this is just the same as the ones you use water with and you let it set for 8 hrs and them put in a food processor and whip it comes out looking like butter and you use 1-2 T per load works good , but think will try the dry one next . really like every thing on your blog. you have a way of connecting.

  31. Trisha says

    Do not use baking soda; it is definitely not the same as washing soda. I have been using the Fels-Naptha recipe in my HE washing machine for almost a year now and am so happy with it. It has a nice clean smell, gets the clothes clean and is so cheap to make. I make mine in a 5 galllon bucket with a lid and just refill an old empty bottle (that previously held commercial laundry soap). It does tend to clump, but a quick shake before opening takes care of the problem. Doesn’t really seem to matter if its “clumpy” though; works great.

  32. Karen says

    I’ve been using homemade laundry detergent for almost a year now. I raise and show dogs and have LOTS of nasty, dog towels and bedding. It works great! A friend of mine made a suggestion which has REALLY helped with getting the dirtest things clean – add a little TSP (tri sodium phosphate) in the formula. You can get it at the paint section of Home Depot or Lowes or a place that sells pool supply stuff. It has made all the difference.

  33. Elizabeth Orrick says

    I made my first batch of this soap – I did 1 cup of baking soda ($2 for 10 cups) baked at 300 deg for 1 hour and added it to a cup of borax ($4 for a 5 lbs box) and a full bar of fels naphtha soap ($1) grated and added to a gallon of water and heated until combined. When it cooled I added equal parts of hot tap water to the container I was going to use right away (50% soap 50% water) and poured the remainder into a 1/2 gallon canning jar for storage. I used it on my worst load- kid clothes, dishtowels, cleaning rags, all of them came out perfectly cleaned and unharmed- I used it on my delicates in a tub with 2 tablespoons of soap and a gallon of warm water everything again unharmed, and clean. I think I’ll switch to this for good- Thanks so much for saving us so much money. Usually a gallon of liquid soap lasts us about 6-8 weeks and with all the allergies and sensitivities we buy “free and clear” costing about $20. This ends up being less than $1 a gallon. savings of $19 a gallon- over $200 a year. I’m pleased- beyond pleased- ecstatic with this. THANK YOU.


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