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Make Your Own Laundry Soap

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 12

Make Your Own Laundry Soap

Budget Soap

Today's economy is forcing almost everyone these days to cut back on spending it seems! Lately, when I've gone to the grocery store, I can't get out of the store spending under $100! How about you?

Frustrated beyond belief, I can't imagine raising kids in this day and age. I have three grown kids and being totally honest here, I know it was tough at times to make ends meet 20 years ago, but today, I just wonder sometimes how families manage. I spend for my hubby and I and those rare occasions when we have company and I can spend over $100 each time.

I've experimented with several ways to cut costs over the years. When I was home with the kids, I was able to do a lot of cooking, baking, freezing and making caseroles that were to die for! (At least I thought so! Now my kids to this day still talk about how they ate hot dogs every single Monday for most of their teenage years!) But, today's families of working couples don't seem to have that option to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

So, I've come up with another idea to save a few dollars! After I saw the price of Laundry soap, I had to research making my own! Unless you buy the store brand or no name brand that may or may not work well, depending on how dirty your clothes get, it can cost a small fortune to keep your families laundry in tip top shape.

Homemade Laundry Soap|What you will Need

1) One box of Borax (4 lb. box) - Found in most grocery stores or you can order online via Amazon.com. I usually pay anywhere from $2.75 to $3.50 a box.

2) Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda(3 lb. 7 oz box) - Detergent booster found in most grocery stores or online via Amazon.com

3) One bar of any kind of bar soap. (I usually go to the dollar store or at the grocery store you can find cheaper bar soap to use) *Just as a note, some people who have very dirty clothes use Fels Naptha, which can be found in a grocery store, Kmart or Walmart. I believe it has lye in it though. I have used it before and do like it, but I prefer flowery smelling soaps, but that's just me!

4) Kitchen Grater - I found mine at the Dollar Store.

That's it, that's all you need to make your own soap. Get yourself a plastic container or any type of container with a tight lid from your kitchen cabinet. Grate the soap up with the grater until you get 1 cup of grated soap. Throw into container. Add 1/2 cup of Washing Soda and 1/2 cup of Borax. Mix well. I usually tighten the lid and shake, shake, shake like crazy to mix it all up. Then I throw a teaspoon in the container and keep it in there.

You will use 1 TBSP for normal loads and 2 TBSP for heavy loads. That's it!

FYI - I usually like to triple my recipe so I don't have to mix it up very often. This mixture will last you a long time depending on how often you launder.

Would you like another recipe?

Homemade Fabric Softner

6 cups Water

3 cups Vinegar ( I use white)

99 cents Hair Conditioner (Dollar store again ! Ocean scents smell similar to Downy)

Find a container that will hold about 10 cups of fabric Softner. Perhaps you have an old fabric softner jug you can use. Add all the ingredients together and shake, shake, shake! I use about 1/2 cup for each load. I have a downy ball too that I use. I used a gallon jug, copied the recipe to a piece of paper and pasted it right on the jug so the next time I make a batch, directions are right in front of me! This will not stain your clothes, it makes them very nice!

I truly hope these recipes will help you in the long run to save a few pennies at the store and for your families budget.



Jun 3, 2011 9:03pm
I've toyed with the idea before but never gone through with it. Thanks for the reminder that we can make this ourselves. I just might try it using your recipe.
Jun 3, 2011 9:17pm
I know what you mean landocheese. It took me awhile to get away from buying my soap. I am kind of spoiled that way, but I make a batch and then I will buy a bottle of something at the store too just for a change. So it feels like my soap lasts a long time. The fabric softner is wonderful! It has saved me a fortune. My main agenda was no static and I never have any anymore!
Jun 4, 2011 12:30pm
Very interesting article. I had no idea you could make your own detergent. Thanks for sharing.
Jun 5, 2011 7:36am
This sounds great and like you said are grandys are the ones that we be doing it tougher than we did I believe. I used to like the old velvet soap, and the ones you buy in the stores are nothing like the old ones.
I love the home made soap. Another thing that people can do is keep all the bits and pieces of old soap and boil them up again and make new ones. This saves throwing them out.
Jun 5, 2011 7:57am
Eileen, I know! What a great idea to boil up the bits and pieces of old soap and make a new one! Great idea!
Jun 10, 2011 3:43pm
I've used Borax as a laundry detergent booster for years, but never made my own washing powder. I like Fels Naptha, great stain remover. Octagon works well too. Will try your recipes for both detergent and fabric softener. Thanks for sharing!!
Jun 10, 2011 7:57pm
Lynsuz I totally forgot about Octoagon! I didn't even know they still made that! I'll have to check it out and see if our store carries it!
Jun 10, 2011 9:19pm
Can only find Fels when I go north in GA octogan is easy to find.
Jun 11, 2011 6:19am
Good share. I have toyed with doing this as well but was a little afraid I would gunk up my machine or something....but that is another story lol. I will probably get up the courage to try this. Thanks so much.
ps: love the idea of boiling together old scraps of soap
Jun 11, 2011 7:59am
I know Venetia, I thought that at first too. Now there are recipes to make the liquid soap but I just don't have the time or patience to do that. I was really surprised how nice it dissolves and is actually not harmful to your septic system. Hope you get to try it!
Jun 11, 2011 11:28pm
What a useful article about creating your "Homemade Laundry Soap", thanks for sharing.
Jun 12, 2011 11:10pm
Excellent article! I have 3 children, ages 5, 5, and 3, and it's things like this that helf like you couldn't believe. Keep them coming!
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