Homemade Laundry Soap

With my new found vow to start living smart and single I've been trying to find ways to really save some cash, every little bit helps I think. One thing that I've always wondered about is making my own laundry soap. My Mom tried it once awhile back but she didn't like the recipe she used.

I found this awesome recipe on Pinterest. The author lays out the directions very specifically and I can't stress enough that following those directions closely and exactly makes a huge difference. The recipe calls for three main ingredients (well four if you count water but that's sort of obvious):

  • 20 Mule Borax ($6)
  • Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT baking soda, very different) ($3)
  • 1 bar of Fels Naptha soap ($1)

(all pictures from Google search, mine sucked lol)

I found all of these ingredients at WalMart except for the Borax, that was at Albertson's for me but they are all in the laundry area. Should be a total of about $10 dollars. Not bad considering a regular size thing of Tide is $12.00. 

I am going to suggest you just go directly to the recipe site{here} because the directions are very long and specific and I don't want to mess them up. 

I will tell you that grating the Fels Naptha soap was the biggest pain in the hinny. I just used a grater that I got at the thrift store so that if it got nasty it wouldn't hurt my feelings. I sat and grated the entire bar and watched about 2 and a half episodes of "The United States of Tara" on NetFlix. So it took a little time but I think it was worth it. 

The mason jar on the blender trick was freakin' fabulous and I will be using it again! I didn't buy lids for my jars (whoops) but here's how mine looked in the end:

I put plastic over the tops and tightened a rubber band around them. So far I've washed a load of whites and a load of colors using this soap and they came out smelling good and looked nice and fresh! I will still use my Woolite Dark on my denim jeans because I love them as dark as possible but so far I have been impressed and I think I will keep making this stuff! Especially since all I would have to buy next time is the Fels Naptha, $1 vs. $12. Easy math even for an English teacher. 


  1. I have been using this for over a year now. I like it. Once in awhile, I add in some clorox 2, if its really a dirty load. But, overall, I am happy with it! Hope you are too!

  2. Mason jar on a blender, what?! That's awesome. And do you use anything else to scent it with? No, right? So it smells good as is? That's cool!

    I've been wanting to try a soap recipe like this, but my husband thinks it's gross. I think I'll try it anyway! (So rebellious I know)

    Brie - Breezy Pink Daisies

  3. I want to try this! I was at the store just this afternoon and the good laundry detergent costs at least fifteen dollars! This seems more cost effective AND healthier!


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