Want to save BIG bucks on laundry? Making your own laundry soap can bring your costs to under $50 for the year! Try this Easy Homemade DIY Laundry Soap.
I make my own laundry soap once a year. The total cost for our laundry detergent for an entire year is just under $50! Can you believe that? We have a great laundry system worked out to where I do at least one load of laundry a day. In our household of 8 people, it’s a lot of laundry, so any savings we can find is great!
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I originally found this recipe through Pinterest on this website. We have been using this specific recipe for about 4 years now. I have tweaked it just a bit, but it is a tried and true recipe that works great for us!
- 1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax
- 1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
- 1 box 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz) Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
- 3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, found in the detergent isle (if you use Zote bars use 2 bars instead)
- Oxi Clean (about 3.5 lbs total)
- 1 container of Laundry Crystals
The easiest way I have found to make sure everything is mixed up well is to alternate 1 powder ingredient and then one finely grated bar of soap. I have used both Zote and Fels-Naptha. The Zote bar is a little more sticky and bigger, so it can be harder to manage when grating. But it is pink, so it is prettier and doesn’t look like cheese. The Fels-Naptha was right by the Borax, so that is what I used this time around.
How to Use
It sounds crazy, but you only need 1-2 Tablespoons per load. I just keep a Tablespoon in the jar to easily scoop it out. We usually use 2 scoops just because we are running full loads every time and my kids can be pretty messy!
You don’t HAVE to use the laundry crystals, but I like having some sort of a fresh laundry smell. Without the laundry crystals, your laundry will smell like…nothing. Which is clean, right? But we are sort of spoiled and accustomed to laundry smelling like something in this day and age.
What homemade laundry soap recipes have you used and loved?