Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Homemade Laundry Soap

***Do not use this recipe! UPDATED RECIPE HERE***

I've seen several different versions of this, but this is the recipe I used.  It's very similar to the Duggar's recipe that they use for their 19 kids and counting.

I've done several loads of laundry today and it does the job just fine and your clothes are not hard as a board afterwards (this was a strange fear of mine).  I spent $26 with tax for everything, but I also bought name brand oxi clean; I clearly wasn't thinking.  I normally spend $10-$15 per month on laundry soap so this should save us at least $60 or more.

And I can't believe you only use 2TBSP per load!  Say what?!?
(2 TBSP is recommended for a large load/ heavily soiled load, and 1TBSP for a normal light load.)

This stuff I heard is suppose to last 9 months to a year (for those averaging 6-8 loads per week).  I'll update this once we run out :)

Here we go!

What you'll Need:

1- 55 oz. box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
(Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent - It must be sodium carbonate!)

1- 76 oz. box of Borax

OPTIONAL: 2- 3lb tubs (or around there) of Oxi Clean to fight stains.  I have a three year old so I just feel better adding this to the mix.  I chose the perfume and dye free kind.  Next time, I will also choose the store brand to save even more.  I was in a rush.

3 bars of Pink Zote Soap
(Or you can use Fels-Naptha bar soap, Sunlight, Kirk's Hardwater Castile bars.)

***ALL of these items I found at Walmart right next to each other, it was insanely simpler than expected!
 make your own laundry soap and save$$
I also needed a large container for the Laundry room, so I stopped by GoodWill and picked up a glass container for $1.99 and it came with a scoop.  (Shown in very last photo below.)  However, this recipe is so large it filled the container and two large plastic bowls so be ready to store it.

Step 1: Grate your soap bars... I used a hand held cheese grater but I promise you I will be purchasing a nicer cheese grater for the future after this experience.
Step 2: Mix everything!  
I used a trash bag in a huge tub (originally stolen from Jack's room).... however, the bag broke so I just mixed it in the tub and later rinsed it out.  I would suggest not using a trash bag, I got the bright idea to shake it like baked chicken and it ripped right through because the weight of the soap.  

Step 3: Pour into containers and you're finished!  Ta-Da! 

The finished product!

I specifically put a 1TBSP measuring spoon in our jar because "eyeing it" means using too much and losing the purpose of all this- to save money. 

This was insanely simple!  Now go try it and let me know what you think. 

***A friend of mine (Thanks Jenn!) suggested adding essence oils like lavender to your mix to give it nice fragrance, I think I may try this in the future. 

Anyone else make their own soap?  What is your recipe? 


  1. Just in response to the 1st is still 19 kids. Michelle Duggar found out she miscarried in her 2nd trimester when they went to the ultrasound to find out the sex of the baby and a heartbeat couldn't be found.

    I will definately be trying this recipe and will let you know how it goes!


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