Easy Laundry Soap (and Floor Cleaner) Recipe

Homemade Laundry Soap (& Floor Cleaner) Recipe


There is a secret society walking this planet. We’re the homemade laundry soap makers. We like to save money, have clean laundry, and avoid paying The Man wherever possible.

This recipe is simple, effective, and easy to make, costing pennies per load. And, I recently spilled some on the tile floor and discovered it works very well as a floor cleaner as well.

After learning to make this laundry soap a few years ago, I had a major face palm moment where I retroactively regretted all the money I had wasted on commercial soaps.

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TIPS: I got this from an Amish household tip book years ago.

  1. If you are concerned about stains or ground-in dirt, try soaking clothes in plain water for a few days and then put them in the washer. The long pre-soaking works wonders.
  2. Plus, never put clothes in the dryer if a stain is present. Heat permanently sets many stains.

Easy Laundry Soap Recipe


If you would like the laundry soap to be nice and creamy-smooth, take your time making it. Otherwise, you can just mix everything in hot water and stir it and be done in a few minutes, but the slow method makes a nicer soap that will dissolve better in the wash.

The long method involves dissolving the soap in water and waiting. Then adding the Borax and Washing Soda and more water and waiting.  It’s about ten minutes work spread over a few days.

Laundry Soap-Making Steps

Here’s the easiest way to do this:

  • Grate or chop up the soap.
  • Bring a large soup pot of water to boil.
  • Add the soap, borax, and washing soda.
  • Stir until dissolved.
  • Remove from stove.
  • Fill two large buckets with warm water.
  • Add the soap mixture equally to both.
  • Stir thoroughly.
  • Pour into leftover laundry detergent containers or jars with lids.
  • Shake well before using (the soap will become lumpy – this is normal).

Use For Laundry and Floor Cleaning

  • I use 1/4 cup per load.
  • To wash the floor, I dilute about 1/4 cup in two cups of water.


    • says

      Hi Marcel, I have not tried making fabric softener but I have noticed lots of different home made recipes for it on various sites. Perhaps Google will be your friend for this one. :)

  1. Marcel says

    I just wanted to update that I made a 5 gallon bucket of laundry soap using this method (except I used fels naptha soap for the bars because I haven’t started to make my own bar soap yet) so far so good. I like the smell and it seems to be doing a good job of cleaning the clothes. Soon I will make a fabric softener to test out too.

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