My Life of Travels and Adventures: Homemade Laundry Soap

Homemade Laundry Soap

18 October 2012

Yup, I jumped on the bandwagon.  

When our huge bottle of All Free & Clear was nearing its end I started looking into recipes for making my own laundry soap.  

I opted for a powder formula so I wouldn't have to figure out how to store large amounts of liquid detergent.  


Ingredients:

-1 bar Fels-Naptha soap 
-1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
-1/2 cup Borax


1. Chopped the Fels- Naptha bar with a butter knife into 6/7 pieces

2. Food process the heck out of them.  It takes a while in the food processor for the bar to turn into a powder
3. Add the washing soda and borax. 
4. Process again. 
5. Store and enjoy!
6. Use 1 Tbsp per load (sometimes 2 for very large/dirty loads)

Notes: Each batch makes enough for about 40 loads.  Each load costs about $0.09.  

I usually make 5 batches at once and it lasts us several months.  


We have been using our homemade laundry soap for a few weeks now.  It does the job.  Everything comes out clean.  It smells nice.






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19 comments :

  1. What a great idea! Where do you get that Fels-Naptha soap stuff?

    Emily
    Simple Suburbia

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    1. Walmart carries it right by the other washing products.

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  2. My sometimes too practical husband got me Borax for one of my gifts one year, and I was like, 'really?' but it turned out to be a great thing. So many uses! Thanks for your share, I'm here from the blog hop and following you on GFC now.

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  3. Hello! I am Jo from www.lovinglifeinthefablane.blogspot.com I found your blog on the blog hop! Hoping you'll follow back :)

    I have also made my own laundry detergent. I love it! :)

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  4. Emily,
    I found the Fels-Naptha Soap at our grocery store, in the laundry section.

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  5. I have been using this recipe for about 5 - 6 months & my clothes have never been cleaner!
    For the cost of 1 bottle of commercial laundry soap, I can get about 7-8 months of homemade laundry soap...maybe more.

    After trying & using this recipe on a regular basis, I will NEVER, EVER, go back to commercial laundry detergent again.

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    1. Said baking baking soda in one place and washing soda in ingredients. Confused.

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    2. Sorry about that. I fixed the post. It should be made with washing soda.

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  6. Can you use the food processer for making food after making soap

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    1. I do. I hand wash everything twice after each batch.

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  7. My biggest problem is finding Fels-Naptha. I wont make any laundry soap until I find that soap.

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    1. I have seen it in the soap aisle at Wal-mart, Target, and the grocery store. Online you can find the Fels Naptha Bars on Amazon also.

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    2. Glenda, if you can't find Fels-Naptha, you can also use Zote, Ivory, or homemade soap...right now I am using Zote...and you might check not only on the soap aisle, but try the laundry aisle..I have actually seen it there, too...

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    3. Glenda...if you can't find Fels-Naptha, try Zote or homemade soap...

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    4. Ebay has it also.

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  8. Just wondered. Is there any problem with using your kitchen food processor for this or should you have another one that isn't used for food once you've made your laundry powder?

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    1. I use my kitchen food processor. I wash it all twice by hand after making a batch.

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  9. How much of the home made mix do you use for one load? Thank you!

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