Home Made Laundry Soap

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So a dear friend of mine gave me a AWESOME idea make your own laundry soap! I said NO really?? She said yes and you can use it for other things as well. By the way her name is Jennifer.  She said this will last her at least 4-5 months tops. Mind you this is a family of three so if you are a family of six may last you around 3 months! So to start off here is what you will need!

1/2 bar of fels naptha soap grated

1/2 cup super washing soda

Super Washing Soda

1/2 cup of borax


5 gallons hot water

1 five gallon bucket

1 funnel

essential oil (Optional)

After you have gathered up all your items which can all be purchased at your local Walmart laundry isle  for about $20.00 or less!

Grate the 1/2 bar of fels naptha soap . Heat the water until ALMOST boiling. Add your grated fels naptha soap and put it in a sauce pan filled about half way with water, stirring and melting the soap. Next in a 5 gal bucket mix 1/2 cup super washing soda and 1/2 cup of borax in bucket full of hot water, add the melted fels naptha. stir the ingredients together, and pour into individual gallons. to scent add 16 drops of your favorite essential oil per gallon for a smell of freshness.

How simple is that!! I can’t believe it either! So after you make this soap and have months supply compared to you local brand that cost $19.99 for a large bottle of laundry soap. How does it compare? Well you get your moneys worth that’s for sure, It last longer, It is cheaper, and you can scent it to any smell you like and best of all your clothes get cleaned.

So if you plan to do this Please let us know how it turns out would love the feedback!

*Note* Use 1/2 cup to 1 cup per load depending on load size and personal preference.

Thank you Jennifer for the wonderful tip!

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  1. Thanks Mumblebee!

    I just made my first batch of this laundry soap. I didn’t use any essential oil in it this time. Put it to the ultimate test: dirty dishrags! No scents, no colors…all clean! Just took them out of the dryer and no more stinky dishrags! I used about a cup of it in a small load.

    I’ve got a good 4-5 months worth of laundry detergent here. I hope this helps others in this trying economy.


  2. Kudos for using natural, homemade products. Definitely not something I would do at this stage in my life. Maybe when my kids were young. BTW I love your little creatures that appear on the side and bottom of your blog. Way cute!

  3. Liberty Boblett says

    I am going to have to try this! Laundry detergent is getting too pricey!

  4. I need to remember this and make my own, I have been saying that for a few years now and still havent managed to do it….

  5. I’ve always wanted to try this. whats the easiest way to grate the soap, or can you buy it already grated?

    • MumbleBee says

      I used a metal cheese grater but, I believe you can buy it already grated not 100% sure. This really is worth making 🙂

  6. Wanda Bergman says

    Looks like a good simple recipe! I’ll have to try this.

  7. Sherryl Wilson says

    Super easy to make! We have been making our own for years. Glad to see it coming back around with more sharing.

  8. This is great! I really want to try it! Thank you!

  9. we go through laundry soap in our house like it is water. I will have to try this and see if it lasts longer and is a money saver.

  10. Becky Schollian says

    Simply amazing. How do you find this stuff??. I am surly going to try this. It sounds like a great deal for the money. Also living alone it will last a log time. I’ll have to share it with my daughter. Thanks !!

  11. Mary Withrow says

    That is about $40.00 savings. I have thought about doing this but never have. Over time that money would add up! Thank you, great post

  12. AWESOMEE. great diy esp to save lot of money too!

  13. Jennifer Marohn says

    That is an awesome recipe for home made laundry soap. I have tried some others, and they DID NOT turn out. I have to try this one since it is so different from the ones I tried before.

    Thanks for the ideas!

  14. Sunnymay says

    My sister makes her own laundry detergent in Florida and brags about it. She uses the same ingredients and proportions as you do and makes enough to last for 6 months at a time for her family of four. Thanks again for the good soap recipe.

  15. Tiffany Reeves says

    Thanks for this recipe laundry soap is so expensive, and i have a huge family. I cant wait to try this recipe and see how it works for us!

  16. Gail Williams says

    This is a new recipe to me. I’ll compare it to others and at least make a batch to try. I KNOW it will save our family money. I have all the ingredients. Time to stir together.

  17. I love learning new ways to save money, thanks!

  18. katrina c. says

    The funnel idea is genius! I’ve made plenty of laundry soap, and the hardest part is mixing it into a mixable container. This is perfect! and doesnt FelsNaptha smell great???

  19. Sandra VanHoey says

    I remember years ago my great Aunt doing things like this and I wish i had some of her recipes for cleaning products, etc. she made. I had used them after she told me and they worked great too. I was glad to see something like this again. I know she used the Borax and A&H

  20. I make my own minus the water and just use the dry mix. I absolutely love it. My hubby’s socks were impossible to get white and some of his greasy clothes just wouldn’t come clean. Since I’ve been using this soap, everything is white and stain free again. Colors are brighter too. It’s so quick and easy to make, and lasts so long……I’ll never go back to spending tons of money on store bought soap that doesn’t work as well.

  21. I’m ready to try some homemade detergent!

  22. katrina c. says

    I love making your own soap, because you can pretty much customize your own scents! It’s great! Thanks for sharing!

  23. I know a few people that make their own laundry soap. I have tried some of what they have made and I was surprised how good it worked. When I make mine I want to use my own favorite scent to it. thanks for your recipe.

  24. Nancy Hilderbrand says

    We used to make our laundry soap when I was growing up. We made it the same way you do .

  25. Yea! I want to try this. So simple plus I can make it smell any way I want. Thanks!

  26. Edna Williams says

    I am definitely going to try this! Thanks for the post and the recipe!

  27. I have been making this homemade laundry soap for years. My question is how do you get the essential oil scents to stay in the laundry?

  28. Michelle Schafer says

    On my to do list! My grandmother used Fels Naptha for those stubborn stains. Works great!

  29. Edna Williams says

    Super! Thank you!

  30. Edna Williams says

    Thanks! I am doing this now!

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