How to make your own laundry soap
This post was adapted from a blog post that I did several years ago. This is still my favorite DIY laundry soap, and I wanted to share how to make your own laundry soap here!
I have made several variations of laundry soap. Powder, liquid, and whipped. While I liked the liquid version, I wasn’t completely comfortable having a large bucket of laundry soap on my laundry room floor. I used a lid, but it still didn’t feel completely safe since I do have small children. This is essentially the same recipe, but it is made differently! It uses the same ingredients in similar quantities, but has a very different texture!
Note: I listed links to these products on Amazon, but they are also available at most Target stores, Wal-Mart and many grocery stores. Make sure to get washing soda, not baking soda, as they are different products!
2 quart-sized mason jars
Medium-large sauce pan
Grater or food processor
First, grate the bar of Fels-Naptha. If you have a food processor, this should be easy. If you don’t, use a hand grater. It’s really a pain, but it works. I don’t have a food processor so that is what I had to do. This is the worst part of the whole process, put on a good TV show or something else to distract you! Now, put four cups of water into a medium or large sauce pan and bring to a boil. While waiting for the water to boil, mix the Borax and Washing Soda together thoroughly. Slowly add grated soap to the pan, it should look like this:
Turn the heat down to medium. Now, you are going to stir. You will be stirring for a while, so I suggest you find something else to occupy yourself. I used Pinterest on my phone. You will need to stir until the soap dissolves. Don’t skip this step, you will regret it. Don’t ask me how I know. It is not “good enough” until all of the soap is dissolved, this took about fifteen minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the dry mixture until it no longer feels grainy. This should take about five minutes. BONUS: Your house will smell really clean, and your pans will BE really clean. I use stainless steel pans and this one is sparkly now.
Next you will want to carefully pour your mixture into two mason jars. They will be about half full (or half empty, depending on how you view life :)) Add water to the jars until they are nearly full, leave about 1/2 in of space on the top. Seal the jars and shake them, and then turn them upside down. Now leave them on the counter (upside down) for about a few hours. I left mine for four hours. The mixture will separate. Sorry I don’t have a picture of that, my camera died. Open the jars VERY carefully, the top layer will be liquid and it can make a mess. Again, don’t ask me how I know. I would put a towel under the jars when you open them. Pour the contents of one jar into the blender. You may need a spoon to get the stuff at the bottom. Blend until you get a whipped consistency. It took less than a minute in my Cuisinart blender. Carefully pour back into the jar, and repeat with the other jar, You’re done! Depending on the size of your jar, it may screw directly onto your blender base.
Use 1 TBSP of laundry soap per load of laundry. It is safe for top loaders, front loaders, and YES, it is safe on cloth diapers! I have used this recipe to wash regular clothes, baby clothes, cloth diapers, sheets, towels, etc. with absolutely no problem! I have one child with sensitive skin, and it didn’t cause any irritation. This recipe will make two full jars and with only using one tablespoon per load, they should last a while! The entire recipe cost less than $2 to make. I didn’t count the entire cost of Borax or Washing soda since 1) I already had them and 2) I didn’t use all of it! I love this recipe because it is less messy than powder, but safer and less of a hassle than liquid. I have an old YouTube video of myself talking about how to make your own laundry soap, but I haven’t decided if I want to share it here or not. 🙂 Let me know if you make this and how it turns out!
Make sure to clean your blender and pan right away to avoid any big messes later! What other home products do you make yourself? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!