Learn How to Mix Your Own Laundry Soap

Better than store bought for less money

My daughter Jen has been making her own laundry soap for the last couple of years.  She likes it better than what she gets at the store and it is cheaper.  The soap is simple to make and requires the following ingredients.

  • One (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax – Found in the detergent aisle of your grocery
  • One (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda- Found in the detergent aisle of your grocery
  • One (3 lb) Container of OxyClean – Found in the detergent aisle of your grocery.  (This is optional but I highly recommend adding it)
  • Two (14.1 oz) Bars of Zote Soap – or Fels Naptha,  Found in the detergent aisle of your grocery
  • Two (2 lb) Boxes of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda- Found in the cooking aisle of your grocery
  • One – two (55 oz) Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener- Found in the detergent aisle of your grocery.  This is optional

Simple grate up the bar of soap and mix all the ingredients together.  The easiest way to grate it is to use a hand grater, use the fine side.

The simplest way to mix it is in a large bucket.  Pour the ingredients into the bucket, in alternating layers and mix.  You will only need 1-2 Tablespoons per load depending on the size.  Jen says that it will do an amazing number of loads of laundry.


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5 Responses to Learn How to Mix Your Own Laundry Soap

  1. Tried a similar recipe that didn’t include the baking soda or oxyclean that didn’t go a good job at all. Maybe it was too watered down. Will have to try this recipe instead. Thanks.

  2. Helen says:

    How does this powdered laundry soap hold up in humid parts of the country? I currently use some of these ingredients to make my own detergent, but it has water added (which means you have to shake it up to keep it mixed up). I costs about .38 cents to make 2 1/2 gallons of detergent. So much cheaper than store-bought brands.

  3. Michele Langston says:

    I am wondering if anyone with very sensitive skin has tried this (or another recipe they would care to share, for that matter). I have to buy Dreft because anything else rips my skin up, and Dreft is expensive!

  4. Laurie says:

    I tried Jen’s laundry detergent recipe and was quite pleased. I did make some alterations: I couldn’t find Fels Naptha in the size called for so I used 3 bars of the 5 1/2 oz (actually I worried the large size Jen called for might be a typo and frankly got lazy about all that fine grating). I only used the 1 bottle of Purex. Just did my first wash and everything came out fresh and clean. I would recommend mixing this outside using a mask and some laundry gloves. Borax can be irritating to airways and sensitive skin. Doing it this way I who have some mild asthma didn’t have any problems.Thanks Jen and Howard for this great idea. Laurie

  5. Leah says:

    Does anyone know how this works in the new fangled high performance energy efficient washing machines? They’re supposed to use specific detergents, will this harm or clog the machine at all?

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