Hey Y’all! Marji here with a way to save BIG money on laundry soap. I have been using this homemade laundry soap for a year and I LOVE it! I learned how to make it at a church meeting. The person who taught us got the recipe from the Duggars (the family with 19 kids)! One batch of it has lasted me a whole year, that is almost $200 in savings for my family. We were going through a large thing of laundry soap a month. With 4 little kids we do lots of laundry and have lots of dirt and stains. This soap is awesome!! We have a HE machine and it works great in it and you use less than in a top loading machine.
Here is what you need to make it:
- 1 bar Fels-Naptha Soap (other options Ivory for sensitive skin or Pink Zote)
- 1/2 cup Borax
- 1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (NOT baking soda!)
- 5 gallon bucket and lid
I found all the ingredients at my local Kroger Store. I have also seen borax and the washing soda at Wal-Mart. I bought them a year ago and don’t remember the total cost for all 3, but I’m pretty sure it was under $6 for everything and you will get multiple batches from the borax and washing soda. They sell them all on Amazon, but they are cheaper at your local store. Here is how you make it:
grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with 4 cups of water.
Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted
Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water, I have a nice big kitchen sink that it fit in, if you don’t have a big enough sink, use your bathtub.
Add melted soap
Stir well until all the powder is dissolved.
Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
After it has thickened overnight you can put it in the dispenser of your choice. It is very thick and gel like, use a big spoon to stir it. I use a measuring cup and funnel to put equal parts of soap and hot water into the old detergent bottle, shake it up and you are ready to go!
-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)
Here’s the recipe all together:
Homemade Laundry Soap
4 Cups – hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
½ Cup Borax
Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)l
Try it and you’ll love it! It smells really good, but doesn’t leave a scent on your clothes. You can add essential oils to the soap after it is cooled, but I haven’t tried that so I’m not much help there. I have used Downy Unstopables for linens and other things that I enjoy a good scent on. I hope you enjoy saving so much money on laundry soap as I do!