Make Your Own Laundry Soap

by SmithorJones on October 19, 2011

in Around the House, Frugal Living, JonesGirl, Life

Here’s a frugal idea. Make your own laundry soap!

My buddy Terri has been brewing up her own laundry soap lately, and she sent me the recipe to share. As it turns out, the ingredients are but a point and click away – so even if you live where the ingredients are not easily found – though I’m not sure where that might be – or just want the convenience of the UPS guy or Mailman to bring you your ingredients – our friend has got the goods. (I even found one of those “just add water” mixes for laundry soap over there.) Doesn’t it make you kind of smile and shake your head just HOW easy Internet shopping can be? Here’s the link to Amazon for washing soda and you’ll find those other ingredients suggested on that same page.

So, anyway – here’s the recipe and Terri’s snapshots of her laundry soap brewing:

Homemade Laundry Soap


  • 1 bar of Ivory soap
  • ½ cup of Arm & Hammer washing soda—not baking soda (removes dirt & odors)*
  • ½ cup of 20 Mule Team Borax (a laundry whitener & odor remover)**
  • 2 gallon bucket with lid

  • Grate soap into large cooking pot.
  • Add 6 cups of water and heat until soap melts. Stir frequently.
  • Add washing soda and borax and stir until dissolved overmedium/low heat.  (This takes about 5-10 minutes, the mixture will cook to a clear consistency)
  • While doing this step, heat 4 cups of water in a separate pan.
  • Pour the 4 cups of heated water into bucket followed by the soap mixture, stir for 1 minute.
  • Add 1 gallon, plus 6 cups of water to mixture and stir.
  • Let mixture sit for approximately 24 hours. It will form a stiff gel so stir well after 24 hours.

You will need a 2 gallon bucket with lid, or similar size container for storage.

Use ½ cup per load of laundry.

This is a low-sudsing soap. You will not see a lot of suds but that’s OK as it is the soap that cleans, not the suds. This also helps clothes rinse better and not build up with soap.

The soap is a watery gel that has been compared to egg drop soup consistency. Stir/shake before use.

Cost for the 2 gallons is less than $1.

Can also use it to pre-treat before washing.

You can also add a scoop of Oxyclean to wash cycle for heavily soiled or smelly clothes.

*I could only find it at Ace Hardware (see link above for the Amazon connection.)
**You can find this in the laundry section of grocery store


Thanks Terri! 😉

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