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Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe

Homemade Laundry Soap

videoInstead of buying laundry soap, I make it myself.  I can make 2 gallons of liquid soap for around $2.50.

Laundry Soap Recipe






1 - 2 gallon bucket with lid

Other instruments needed:

Large pot

Blender stick

Instructions:  Grate soap using smallest side on your grater and set aside.  Add 1 gallon of water to pot, add borax, washing soda and grated soap and let boil, stiring constantly.  Let soap melt. When soap is melted, add 1 gallon of hot water to bucket and stir in soap mixture.  Stir well, put on lid and set aside until next day.  The next day the soap should be a block of hard gel like substance. Take hands and break up the block of gel.  This step is actually quite fun and my favorite part. When broken up enough, take your blender stick and blend it up until it is creamy and smooth.

You are now ready to use your homemade soap.  It only takes a cup of soap per washer and if you have extra dirty clothes, I usually add 2 cups to those really soiled washes, because it just makes me feel better.

I hope you enjoy saving money with your homemade laundry soap.


Here's a video from Twara Kellum and Jill Cooper of showing you how they do it.


Selina Dixon — Lucedale, MS (11.10)
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Laundry Soap


This recipe works great in our hard water and in my front loading energy effecient washer.  My recipe does have a little variation though.   It says not to boil the water and it says to use 3 gallons of water total instead of 2.  I only use 1/2 cup on lightly soiled clothes and 1 cup in heavily soiled clothes.  It is Jan 1 and I have used the batch I have right now since Dec. 9 and there is about 1 gallon left.  I am going to try it your way next time and see if I see a difference in the laundry.  Thanks for posting the recipe.   I try to pass it on to friends whenever they are open to suggestions.

I looked back at my recipe and need to add that I use 2 cups of borax and 2 cups of washing soda/soad ash.  I said I do not boil my ingredients but I do heat 1 gallon of the water  and add the grated felsnaptha soap a little at a time till it is all melted in the water.  Then I do stir in my borax and soda. then add it to the other 2 gallons of water. 

Homemade Laundry Soap


My family has done this for several years now and I love it.  I have encouraged several friends and family members to do the same with great savings.  I estimated spending $7.00 a year on laundry soap for a family of 4 (we also have 3 large indoor dogs causing LOTS of extra washes)

I live in a very rural area and have found all the ingredients at