Homemade Laundry Soap

50bf1704a7fde88729f2dec9e9493cbeI’m pretty sure this is not the first blog post you have read on homemade laundry soap. However, I hope it is the simplest.

I’m a bit of a laundry snob.

I do a lot of laundry.

I wash a lot of cloth diapers.

Our clothes need to last long enough to hand down to the next child.

I love name brand laundry detergent. I love it.

While I believe in being a good steward of the world we have been given, I’m not over-the-top “green” either.

So my impetus to make my own laundry detergent was not out of a desire to remove chemicals from my laundry room. (I still use bleach). And, I can afford name brand laundry detergent. As a matter of fact, now that we have a top loading high efficiency washing machine (Maytag Bravos), I use a lot less laundry detergent per load. So a standard sized box of powdered Tide can last our family of eight over a month.

No, my desire to make my own laundry detergent comes down to my silly desire to live a bit more simply. Years ago (10, to be exact) I made up a big batch of some family liquid laundry soap. I hated it. I thought it was smelly, slimy, and turned my clothes grey. We did have very hard water at the time, and the smelly part could be due to my pregnancy nose, but after trying to dispose of five gallons of worthless to me goo, I wrote off homemade laundry soap.

Then I began seeing recipes for powdered homemade laundry soap, and I was intrigued, but not willing to mix up the huge batches that I saw recipes for. (There is a misconception that large families like everything in bulk, but we only buy things in bulk that we know we will really use!)

So, about a month ago, my friend Ernestine Edna posted on Facebook that she had a recipe that she loved, and it was a small recipe…so I ran with it…and tweaked it the tiniest bit!

I use this on everything…even cloth diapers! I’ve had no problems, no residue, no stinky clothes…just soft, clean clothes, with no build up!

Homemade Laundry Soap

  • 1 bar Ivory soap
  • 1 1/2 cups Borax
  • 1 1/2 cups Washing soda
  1. Grate the bar of soap. I use the smallest side of my box grater.
  2. In a one quart jar, layer by half cup measurements, each of the ingredients.
  3. Shake and shake and shake.
  4. To use in the laundry, add 2 Tbs. per load. ( I run very large loads in my top loading HE machine, for a smaller load, I’d only use 1 Tbs.
  5. Sometimes I give the jar a shake before using the soap.

This recipe makes enough soap for two weeks of Dakotapam laundry (that is a lot of laundry!). It comes to about $1 per batch! Not bad!

Chime in! Have you made homemade laundry soap? Has it worked well? How does your recipe differ from mine? I’d love to hear from you!

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Written by Dakotapam
I'm a Lutheran pastor's wife and mom to six kids, including young adult sons down to 8-year old twin daughters. My life is sometimes normal, and sometimes crazy; but through it all, I know that I am blessed! Some people say that I have my hands full, I prefer to call it living life with both hands full, and I love it!