No-Grate Homemade Laundry Soap


Despite all the enthusiasm over making homemade laundry detergent recently…I continue to hear murmurings from those who just can’t bring themselves to grate soap and cook it on the stove.

It apparently just isn’t going to happen. :-)

I’m not naming any names…but my older sister would probably freely admit she didn’t decide to even attempt making her own laundry detergent UNTIL I told her about this “new” recipe I was testing out.

(I know it seems like I’m always “picking on” her…but she called me a “brat” on her blog recently…so she pretty much deserves it. lol).

Once again I have to credit the incredible readers of this blog for my inspiration.


Tiffanie posted this on February 4th….
A close friend of mine has been making laundry soap like this one for years, until just recently she found an easier one to make and passed it on to us.

3 Tablespoons Borax
3 Tablespoons Washing Soda
2 Tablespoons Dawn Dish soap

Put these ingredients in a one gallon jug. Pour 4 cups boiling water into the jug. Swirl until ingredients are dissolved in the liquid. Let liquid cool. Then fill almost to the top with cold water. The bubbles will overflow out of the bottle.
I love this because you can pick an awesome scent with the Dawn dish soap. This dish soap works the best because it gets grease out. :o)

February 4, 2012 8:59 PM

homemade laundry detergent

homemade laundry detergent

As FOND as I am of the soap I’ve been using for over 8 months now…I felt I needed to at least give this version a fair shake. Sooo…I made up a gallon of it and have been using it for almost a week. I’ve used almost the entire gallon and despite my initial skepticism…I have not noticed any difference in it’s ability to get my clothes clean from my current recipe. I use approximately 1/2 cup to 1 cup per load. I know that sounds like a lot, but it’s pretty thin and since it’s SO easy and inexpensive to make, it doesn’t bother me.

Of course there are still those items of clothing that will need an extra boost with some Homemade Shout or Homemade Oxi-Clean….but overall I honestly haven’t noticed any difference in it’s cleaning ability.

For those of you concerned with HE washers…I haven’t noticed any more soap suds with this “recipe” either. On a small load I will notice some sudsing…but on a large load…it appears to me to be as low-suds as my previous version.


homemade laundry detergent

So….today I offer up this “new” version of homemade laundry detergent to those who have to this point been reluctant or unwilling to try making their own. A couple of things that might convince you to try…no grating of soap…no cooking…and you can make one gallon at a time in just a few minutes.

If you DO decide to try it…I would love to know what you think. :-)



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  1. Anonymous says

    Made this today….it is very watery…I made two batches just to make sure…I did wash my first load and am anxious to see what happens..I am ok with grating if i have to. I just thought I would try this first. I have four kids and a mechanic husband so we use alot of laundry detergent, we need to save money every way we can so if this works I will be so excited!!

  2. Anonymous says

    I have a 2 year old microfiber couch and its developing a musty odor. What can I do to get rid of this odor?

  3. Nancy says

    If you eliminate the extra water, only using 4 cups total – 2 c boiling & 2 c cool, it's not watery & only requires 1/8 cup per load. It works great.

  4. Katie says

    FYI for cloth diaper washers, this did not work for my dipes. They came out smelling like ammonia. I will be trying the grating method homemade detergent next.

  5. Shelley says

    I'm so glad to find this. I tried the grate & boil kind, but found that over time, it coagulated like crazy…so much so, that it was hard to even pour out of the gallon jug & had to mix some store-bought liquid in with it, then they separated…ugh…what a mess.
    This I will be trying! ~

  6. Dianne says

    I'm so excited to try this! I used to make my own by grating and cooking but have decided it's just too labor intensive for me right now. This seems like a quick & easy solution!

  7. Anonymous says

    i tried it with olay dawn dish soap i find its wayyyy watery, is it not supposed to thicken? anyway i don't know if i like this but will give the blue dawn soap a try

  8. Anonymous says

    I tried this with 2 cups boiling water and 2 cups cold and it was a good consistency.
    I tried it today in my HE washer and it worked as good as what I buy at the store. It did not leave a scent but it got the clothes clean. I did not notice any problems with suds in the HE washer.

  9. sherrie says

    me too! i love it, but i didn’t like the olay kind so i am using the dawn blue liquid and i cut the water in half:

    3 tbsp borax
    3 tbsp w soda
    2 tbsp dawn dish liquid

    boil 2 cups water, add ingredients, mix well, let cool in a glass mesuring cup
    pour into jug and add another 2 cups of tap water, stir all together and let sit over nite
    use 1/8th of a cup in washer, also a scoop of oxy clean!!!! love it!!


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