Monthly Archives: April 2014

Yes, it’s true. I make my own laundry soap and it’s so easy, inexpensive, and great for getting your clothes wonderfully clean! I have an HE (high efficiency) washer and this is perfectly safe to use in it!

All you need is 3 common household ingredients, and you can find them at your local Wal-Mart, or area warehouse store. Here’s what you will need:

 Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT baking soda)
20 Mule Team Borax
1 Bar of Fels Naptha Soap
Optionally, you can add Essential Oils, I did not, the Fels Naptha soap has a fresh, slightly lemon scent that works for me.

At the end of this post, I will give you a price breakdown per load of laundry. For now, let’s move on to the directions for making your own laundry soap.

I started out making a 1/2 recipe, just to not waste if it turned out I wasn’t happy with it.  Not to worry! I’ll be making the full batch next. 1/2 batch quantities are in ( ____ )

 1 – 5  ( 3 ) gallon bucket with lid
1/2 (1/4) bar of Fels Naptha soap
1/2 (1/4) cup of Washing Soda
1/2 (1/4cup of Borax
10 (5) cups of Water
+ 1 (1/2) gallon of water + 6 (3) cups of water for total = to 22 (11) cups

Step 1.  Grate the Fels Napth, like this:

Step 2. In a large pot add the 10 (5) cups of water and place over medium heat. Gently stir in the grated soap. Do NOT boil the water, you just want to heat it long enough to melt the grated flakes. Stir occasionally but gently so you don’t create a lot of bubbles.It will look like this: NOTE: Don’t use a wooden spoon! I used a long handle metal slotted spoon for mixing.

Step 3.  While the soap is melting in the pot, place your 1/2 (1/4) cup of both washing soda, and borax in a small bowl or measuring cup.

Step 4.  Once the soap is dissolved, remove from heat and stir in soda and borax until that is completely dissolved also.

Step 5.  Now pour the 1 (1/2) gallon and 6 (3) cups of COLD water into your bucket. Add your soap ingredients and stir briskly until well mixed.

Step 6.  You are DONE!  Just cover your bucket and let it sit for 24 hours! It will be a bit of a thick, gelled mixture…I just give it a brisk stir, and then pour into saved milk jugs or laundry soap containers until you need to make more.

Use 1/2 cup of liquid in your regular washer, or 1/4 cup in your HE washer.

That’s it. That’s all there is to it.
When I made my first 1/2 batch of laundry soap, the entire process took 20 minutes! That included set up, pictures, and easy clean up… the pot filled with hot water and left over soap took care of all the clean up involved. 

Now let’s break it down to cost. I paid:

$0.97 for the Fels Naptha soap
 3.24 for the washing soda.
 3.97 for the Borax 
$8.18 Total cost of Ingredients.  The bucket I had on hand, but think it was around $7

Each bar of Fels Naptha will make 2 (4) batches.
Which means I paid $.49 ($.24) for the soap for one batch of detergent.

There are 5 (2.5) ounces of Washing Soda in each recipe of laundry detergent, that’s equal to 11 (5.5) batches from a 55 ounce box.
That means I paid $.29 ($.15) for washing soda for one recipe!

There are 3.5 (1.75) ounces of Borax in each recipe of laundry detergent, that’s equal to a bit more than 21 (10.5) batches from a 76 ounce box
So, I paid about $.18 ($.09) for Borax for one recipe.

One full recipe will wash 64 (32) regular loads of laundry, or 128 (64) HE loads.

Cost Totals:
I paid $.98 (.49) a batch to wash 64 (32) regular loads of laundry, or 128 (64) HE loads.

I would spend $46.08 for enough Tide to do 128 HE wash loads.
**That saves me approximately $45.82 every 3 months for a yearly savings of $183.28 !!!
That my friends…Is Awesome!

I wanted to show you a before and after picture of a stained dish towel and a dingy, dirty lace curtain, so here it is:

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WOW. That’s all. Just WOW!

** We pay 19.99 for 170 oz of Tide At $.36 per load using 1/4 cup of detergent. We would need 2 1/2 containers to equal 128 washes = to approximately 3 months for our family of 2