Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Laundry Soap

I'm posting a different type of recipe today. In order to save money, I looked for a recipe to make my own laundry soap earlier this year. Who doesn't like to save money?

If I were to use Tide, I would spend $13.99 for 52 loads. I'm spending $3.79 for 128 loads of laundry (4 batches of the recipe - 1/4 of the supplies). I bought Mule Team Borax ($2.79), Arm & Hammer Washing Soda ($2.07) and 8 bars Fels Naptha soap ($1.29/ea) for a total of $15.18. For the same number of loads, I can spend $137.75 for Tide or $15.18 and make it myself. I think I'll make my own.

Laundry Soap

1/2C Borax

1/2C Washing Soda

1C Fels Naptha, grated

I use a box grater for the Fels Naptha, but you can use your food processor or other grater. Mix it all together and store in a plastic container. Use 1T (yes, that is 1 tablespoon) of soap in your laundry. I use 1/4C white vinegar for softener and I still use a dryer sheet for static cling in the dryer.

Don't expect bubbles like you get with detergents.


  1. I use a different recipe, but it's basically the same thing.

    1 c. borax
    1 c. washing soda
    1 bar Zote laundry soap (available at Thrifty for only 49 cents. I like the fragrance better. I think it washes as well.)
    1/4 c. Oxiclean

    Use 2 to 3 tablespoons per load. You need to add enough to make your water slick. If you have hard water it will take more. This it true of Tide or any other laundry soap also.

    (I would like to know who is running this blog, if you don't mind letting me know.)

  2. I forgot to add that this laundry soap is safe for front load washers.