Homemade laundry soap recipe and WHY IT totally rocks!!

2011-09-05 16:03
Mountain Standard Time
 Here's my 2 recipes for homemade laundry soap. Both use the same ingredients except the water.
This is the liquid soap.
1 + 2 gallons Water (hot) Used separately
*1 bar Soap (I make my own, but regular store bought kind works great too.  Needs to be grated, I use a magic bullet and grind it in 3 batches)
2 cups Baking soda (not super washing soda)
1 c of cheap oxy-clean.  I buy the one at the dollar store (you may need to adjust the amount depending on your water hardness)
3 gallon jug ( I use a 5 since they are easier to find)
>I also like to add in organic lemon oil for the smell of it, but it isn't essential to add it in.  I wouldn't add it if the soap you are using has a strong fragrance.

Melt grated soap in a saucepan with a gallon of hot tap water. Melt over medium-low heat, stirring frequently until soap is dissolved
In your jug pour 2 gallons hot water. Add melted soap, shake jug.  Add the baking soda, and oxy-clean shake well again.  (great exercise for your under arms)
Use 1/8 cup per full load, up to 1/2 cup per very soiled load.  This soap does gel and you will need to shake it every so often.  I also use this as a pretreatment as well just put a little on the stain and rub it on with a wash cloth.

For powdered detergent grate the soap finely, put into an air tight container ( I use an old mayonnaise jar with a screw on lid), pour in baking soda,  oxy-clean.  Put the lid on and give it a good shake.  To use it all you need is 2 tablespoons, we put an old children's medicine dosing cup into it.  Put it into the water as the water is filling, to let it start to melt a bit then add your clothes in on top.  That's it.

Follow with a 1/2 cup of white vinegar in the rinse cycle it works better than fabric softener, even when line drying.

**Some people use fels naptha, borax and super washing soda.  I on the other hand do not.  I use baking soda and oxy-clean in place of washing soda, it works better and it's easier to find.  Also, I discovered that  grated plain bar soap (I make my own, but regular store bought kind works great too) work best for us.


  1. I LOVE this!!
    I cannot wait to try it.

  2. Looks wonderful!! What would you recommend instead of the Borax? I have heard it is not good to use on infants, and my son has SUPER sensitive skin as it is.

  3. I don't use borax. My oldest son had eczema so I am pretty careful.

    When doing baby diapers and clothes I use the grated bar soap and baking soda and a sprinkle of the cheapest oxy-clean. I melt them in a cup of hot water and dump it in my washer. And make sure to do a double rinse.

    For stubborn poo stains I just make a past of baking soda and water and sorta rub it in and leave it til it dries then wash as usual.

  4. You put both liquid and powdered. Which do you prefer and why?

  5. The powdered stores better and longer.

    The liquid works better, and you can use it as a pre-treatment. It does sorta gel up, so you have to shake it every so often to keep the soap dispersed.