Thursday, May 7, 2009

Homemade Laundry Soap

So my sister is the one who introduced this to me. I made my first batch about a 2 months ago and I Love it. It a little weird but it wash clothes great and it is so cheap to make. This last batch I added some essential oil to it. So now it smells so much better. If you are looking for a way to save some money this is the way to go.

I also found pretty much the same recipe but it stays as a concentrate. It sounds way easier and take up less room. I am gonna give it a try my next time I run out.

** the size of the boxes of soap in the picture will last to make a few batches!!!**

Liquid Laundry Soap
1 bar Fels Naptha soap grated
1 1/2 c. Washing Soda
1 1/2 c. Borax
3 gallons water

3 gallon milk jugs, rinsed well

Boil 1/2 gallon hot water and then add grated
Fels Naptha soap. Heat to a boil and stir until totally dissolved. Add the other soaps and continue heating until dissolved. (Taking the time to make sure that the soaps are well dissolved saves time once you start adding the cold water.) Add another 1/2 gallon warm water and stir over low heat. Once the mixture is emulsified, remove it from the heat and add another gallon cold water. If your pot it not big enough, transfer the soapy mixture to a 5 gallon bucket before adding the additional water. Again, once the mixture is able to stay emulsified, add the last gallon of cold water bringing amount of water to total to 3 gallons. Keep stirring until the mixture stops separating and transfer it to milk jugs or other smaller containers. When you are ready to use it, give it a good hard shake and use 1/4 c. of soap per normal load. This is safe for front loaders as it is low sudsing.

Home-made laundry soap - concentrate

This recipe for home-made laundry soap is a concentrate --- no water added to this mix--- that is why you use such a small amount of the mix.... Easier to store than the recipes with the water added.

  1. 1 bar Fels Naptha soap, grated (comes out to about 2 cups)
  2. 1 c. Borax
    Comes from the grocery store laundry aisle and some hardware stores.
  3. 1 c. Washing Soda
    Can be found in little grocery stores, online, or Mexican markets.
  4. 1/4 c. OxyClean (optional)

Mix it all together into a bumpy, granular mix. Don't worry about stuff getting correctly dispersed, even if it doesn't quite look like it does.

Use 1 Tbsp. for a light load
Use 2 Tbsp. for a large or dirty load (It's true! Only 2 Tablespoons per load!)


Erin said...

I've been waiting for this recipe. So when you use the essential oil how much do you use and where do you buy it? Also with the concentrated one, do you think everything would dissolve in a batch with cold water?

Cori said...

let me start off by saying you don't need the oil. It smells just fine with out it. If you splurge on really smelly dryer sheets you wont notice a difference. I have never used the concentrate one I will after this batch, but i would have to imagine that since the ingredients are specifically for washing clothes that they will dissolve just fine. But that is just a guess. Give me a few weeks and I will let you know :) As for the essential oils i found my in the organic health food section of out grocery store. I read somewhere that you add 15-20 drops per gallon but you can do how ever much you want to get the smell you like!!

Heather and Todd said...

Thanks Cori! I'll have to try this!

Erin said...

Hey so I was just reading about homemade dishwasher detergent, and it takes items that are in the laundry soap, I think I might give it a try. It says to put 1 TBS. Borax and 1 TBS. Washing soda, and you can put vinegar in the rinsing agent spot instead of jet dry or whatever. Some people also said you could fill you dishwasher half with regular stuff and then a quarter with borax and a quarter with washing soda. Just thought you might want to know and try it out. I bought some super cheap detergent and is leaving my dishes with crazy hard water spots, so I'm going to go and put vinegar in my dishwasher right now.

Ryan & Amanda said...

I am excited to try this. Erin let us know how the dishwasher detergent works! You could save a ton of money using these detergents. How do they do with sensitive skin?

Cori said...

seriously Erin good find, give us all the details. we could all just be so green, and good little housewives that make our own products!!!

Laura Jex said...

ok, so I have been making my own detergent for a while now, In the past I have always used the liquid, HOWEVER this last time I decided to just make the powder kind and I LOVE it. It keeps its smell better, the clothes seem to get a little cleaner ( not that they didnt get clean before) its not any work at all, and its not as messy! I actully used the measurment for the liquid kind so I did 1 1/2 cups of each and I didnt put in any oxi clean. As soon as I get rid of all my liquid I am going all powder!!!