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Homemade Laundry Soap

Written by Jodi Taylor

Written by Jodi @ The Farmer’s Better Half

I have been making my own homemade laundry soap for over a year now and I have nothing but great things to say about it.  In fact, several of my friends started making it and they love it just as much as I do.  Occasionally I get a request from “friends of friends” for the recipe.  The scent is very subtle, but clean.  It is safe for HE washing machines and best of all it is very cheap to make!!!

You can snag all the ingredients at any grocery store.  You will need a box of Borax, a box of Super Washing Soda (not baking soda), a tub of oxygen booster, and a bar of Fels-Naptha soap (found in the laundry isle).  Or order it online here.

Use a cheese grater and grate the Fels-Naptha bar.  If you have a heavy duty blender you can use that to grind your Fels-Naptha and leave it in your blender.  After you have grated your bar of soap add 1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of Super Washing Soda, and ½ cup oxygen booster and place all ingredients in a blender.  Pulse blend until the Fels-Naptha becomes more of a powder consistency like you see below.

Place the laundry soap in whatever container you would like.  When I first started making this laundry soap I would store it in mason jars.

Now I always make a double batch and store it in this canister that I picked up at Wal-Mart.  It fits perfectly!

Use 1 tablespoon of this laundry soap per load.  If the load is heavily soiled you can use 2 tablespoons.  I figured up what I was spending per load with my old detergent which was $0.24.  Want to know what it cost per load for this detergent?  Click here to find out!!!  I will tell you that I picked up 5 bars of Fels-Naptha, the Borax (76 ounces), Washing Soda (55 Ounces), and Oxygen booster (32 ounces) over a year ago and I just used my last 2 bars of Fels-Naptha.  I figure with the sizes I mentioned you can make approximately 8 batches of soap….if I only had 3 more bars of Fels-Naptha.  This detergent last forever!

 

Editor’s Note:  For more Fels-Naptha cleaning magic, check out Grandma Dot and the Magic Marker

About the author

Jodi Taylor

I’m married to my wonderful and I do mean WONDERFUL husband Mike. He is a farmer which makes me THE FARMER’S WIFE. We have been married for 16 years. Together we have 4 children…our daughters…Jordan 14, Emma 10, Alivia 9, & our son Hayden 5. We love life on the farm and all the ups and downs that go with it and wouldn’t want to raise our kids anywhere else. I have a love for cooking and crafting and a passion for photography.

2 Comments

  • I have been wanting to try making homemade laundry detergent from a friend’s recipe, but was having trouble finding the ingredients. Now I think I’ll just use your recipe because I SAW all the ingredients. Being a very visual person, it should make it easier for me to find them! I am anxious to see what I think of the scent. I just traded in my Tide a few months ago, for Arm & Hammer detergent ~ this combined with airing the clothes to dry outside on a clothes line makes for some yummy scented laundry!