Homemade Laundry Soap

This is a great all-purpose homemade laundry soap that you can make yourself. This is by far the cheapest way to achieve fresh, clean laundry. Once you buy your supplies, you have what you need to make up to a year’s worth of laundry soap! I have a top loading, old fashioned washer, and this soap is great to let clothes soak in overnight. I like it especially because it smells clean and not overpowering like most commercial detergents.

It works for high efficiency washers as well, just make sure to pour the detergent directly into the drum with the clothing rather than the tray. Regardless of what type of washer you may have, 1/4 cup of detergent should be sufficient to achieve fresh, clean laundry!

Basic Laundry soap

1 bar Zote or Fels Naptha laundry soap (Big Lots and Wal-Mart carry these brands) optional 3/4 to 1/2 cup small pieces of left over bath soap

2 quarts water

1 cup borax (Dollar General/Wal-Mart)

1 cup washing soda (Wal-Mart)

1 box baking soda (Aldi, or any store brand wherever you shop)

1 quart warm water

1/4 cup stain remover spray (Dollar General)

1 half ounce bottle lavender essential oil or 20 to 30 drops essential oil- do not use citrus oils, they keep the soap from gelling

3 gallons hot water

3 to 5 gallon bucket with lid


First, grate up your bar of soap and nibs of bathroom soap, if you have them. Then add it to the two quarts of water. Put this on the stove to melt the soap, keeping the flame on medium. Make sure to stir frequently until all the soap is dissolved. Once the soap is dissolved and smooth, add the borax, washing soda, and baking soda and stir them into the hot, liquid soap. Set this aside.

Next, get your bucket ready by adding a quart of warm water, the 1/4 cup stain remover, and your essential oil. Mix all these ingredients together. Now you you can add your pan of liquid soap to the stain remover mixture.

Mix everything together thoroughly, and then add the three gallons of hot water. Lastly, mix everything together with a whisk for a couple of minutes. You can use this immediately or wait a day to let it set up like a gel. Sometimes it sets beautifully, other times it does not set up as nice and will separate. Consequently, even if it does separate, it still works great!!

Have you ever made your own homemade laundry soap? We would love to hear how it worked out for you and if you have any frugal laundry tips for us to try! ~Starla


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