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.
- 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.
- Plus, never put clothes in the dryer if a stain is present. Heat permanently sets many stains.
Easy Laundry Soap Recipe
- 1 bar pure soap – grated (I use my own homemade soap—the experimental batches that look odd, to be precise.)
- 1 cup Borax
- 1 cup Washing Soda
- two large buckets (2.5 gallons each)
- long-handled stirring spoon
- wide-mouth funnel
- old laundry jugs or whatever you want to store the laundry soap in
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.