Making Laundry Soap

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Last year we made laundry soap.  Initially I liked the soap but, cooking it took a while and it’s consistency when completed was a bit gross.  Oh, and one batch I made got knocked over in the laundry room.  Huge mess (of course it was a new batch so the bucket was full) and a big waste of time.  So, I was off the soap making for a while.  Then, I was directed to this site.  She makes her own soap but it is a powder.  I was sceptical at first because I had bad luck with the store stuff not dissolving.  But, true to her claims it all dissolves no matter the water temperature.  I also think this recipe cleans better.  The baking soda is the difference here.

The measurements for the original recipe made a huge batch.  Being that I have little storage in the laundry room and the fact that it is so extremely easy to make I scale it down.  When it’s time to make more I just make as much as needed to fill my container.



1 1/2 cups Borax

1 cup Baking soda

1 cup washing soda

1 cup grated Fels Naptha Soap

I use my micro planer to grate the soap.  It easily grates the hard bar of soap into tiny shavings.  I have never had the soap not dissolve in the washer.  If you don’t have on get one!  Just kidding…I mean you should but you can grate it with a normal cheese grater and then put it through a food processor with some of the baking soda to chop it up a little more.  You may have problems with it not dissolving if you skip this step.  The tip is to just pulse it to keep it from clumping.

So just mix it all together and you’re done!  Make sure you are in a well ventilated area and/or wear something over your nose and mouth when stiring it as it is all powder.  You only need to use 1/8 of a cup per load and I recommend putting it in the washer before adding the clothes. 

It’s so easy even a 4 year old can do it!  This last batch was made by Zoe.  She grated all the soap and measured everything out.  The only thing I did (other than supervision) was stir it up.  It was my easiest batch ever. 


And here is the finished product.  This  size container (also in above picture) will last me at least 3-4 months.  I have been using this soap now for a while and love it. 


And just a note…I still by regular fabric softener and bleach my whites.  :O)

~ Merriann

2 thoughts on “Making Laundry Soap

  1. Some things about your family surprise me. This would be one of them! And being surprised isn’t a bad thing. You just do things that I don’t picture you doing. I like the surprises. I have thought about making my own laundry soap but have never tackled it. Maybe I will try it sometime. I bet Melia would love to help and be like Zoe!

  2. Hi — I am a neighbor and friend of Jennifer Jardinski and I found your site through her site. I am going to try the homemade soap! Love trying things like that. And a hint on fabric softener. I bought a spray bottle and filled it 1/3 with fabric softener and then the remainder with water. Now I spray about 6-7 sprays on my clothes in the dryer and it works great. Also makes my bottle of softener last 3 times or more as long!

    Thanks for the soap recipe.

    Just me – Dee in Lynden

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