Homemade Laundry Soap! 3 Different Recipes!



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These past few month I have really been trying to get back to basics around our home. Between growing our first heirloom garden, learning how to milk a goat (yes, I have 5.5 goats… I say .5 because Momma is due any day now), and learning that rabbit poo is actually quit useful in the garden, it’s been an interesting journey.

And since I was I was going back to basics for our food, I wanted to follow suit with other things in our lives. I started soaping a few months ago (it is very addictive), and decided to attempt to make my own homemade laundry soap. Let me tell you, once you start making your own, you will NEVER go back to store bought laundry soap. It is super easy to make (and super cheap too), leaves your clothes cleaner than you can imagine, and I no longer have the need for fabric softener or dryer sheets!

And yes, I can use this in my HE front loader washing machine.

I will give you 3 separate recipes, one that even includes making homemade soap!

All of the ingredients in these recipes can be found in your laundry isle at your local grocery store.

RECIPE 1

(Liquid Homemade Laundry Soap)

Ingredients:

  • 1 bar (or 4.5 ounces) of (Ivory, ZOTE, Fels-Naptha)
  • 1 cup of borax
  • 1 cup of washing soda
  • 1 gallon + 1 quart of water

Directions: 

  1. Using a food processor or manual grater, finely grate the bar of soap.
  2. Bring a quart of water to a boil on the stove and slowly add the soap, stirring gently.
  3. Reduce the heat and let it simmer gently until all of the pieces of soap are melted/dissolved.
  4. Add the borax and washing soda and stir until they are dissolved.
  5. In a separate pot, heat up the gallon of water or measure out a gallon of very hot tap water.
  6. Pour the soap/borax/soda mixture into a large container and slowly add the gallon of water to it.
  7. Stir until the mixture is well mixed.
  8. Let it sit overnight. It will “gel” together…kind of a custard-like consistency.
  9. Stir or shake the soap each time you use it.

Use 1/4 cup for a front loading washer. Use 1/2 cup for a top loading washer.

Recipe 2

(Powdered Homemade Laundry Soap)

Ingredients:

  • 1 bar (or 4.5 ounces) of shaved bar soap (Ivory, ZOTE, Fels-Naptha)
  • 1 cup of borax
  • 1 cup of washing soda

Directions: 

  1.  Using a food processor or manual grater, finely grate the bar of soap.
  2. Mix all ingredients together until well incorporated. 
  3. Pour in container and use as needed.

Use 1 Tbsp per load (or 2 Tbsp for heavily soiled loads).

RECIPE 3

(Homemade Laundry Soap Bar)

If you want to go even further and use a homemade soap instead of Zote or Fels-Naptha, it is easy to do.

For the Soap recipe, it is VERY important to measure by WEIGHT, not volume.

If you have never made handmade soap before, please be sure to check out this video for Lye Safety!

Soap Ingredients:

  • 8 oz of Lard
  • 1.1 oz Lye
  • 2.3 oz Distilled Water

Directions: 

  1. In a heat safe container slowly pour your Lye into your distilled water (DO NOT pour water into Lye).
  2. Stir until dissolved and water becomes clear again.
  3. Pour your Lye mixture into your room temperature lard
  4. Mix until you reach a light trace
  5. Pour your mixture into a silicone mold and allow for it to harden over night

Laundry Soap Ingredients:

  • 2.5oz of Lard Soap shredded
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 1/2 Cup Washing Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Borax

Directions: 

  1. Bring your water to boil and remove from heat.
  2. Add your lard soap and mix until melted.
  3. Mix in your Washing Soda and Borax and stir till well combined.
  4. Add  8-10 drops of any essential oils for scent
  5. Pour into a sealable container (I like to use quart size mason jars
  6. Let it sit overnight. It will “gel” together…kind of a custard-like consistency.
  7. Stir or shake the soap each time you use it.

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Comments

  1. Thanks. Now I just have to decide which to try!

  2. I will be trying this after I make some homemade soap. We have a house bunny but no garden since we are renting. Once we get our own home I will be having a garden and Stewart will be earning his keep with his poops.

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