Homemade Laundry Soap

I’ve been making our own laundry soap for a couple years now.  We first started in an attempt to save money.  We were welcoming our second child at that time and money was tight.  We made liquid laundry soap then and I must say I’ll never make it again.  Did it work? – yes, it did.  But storing it all was a pain.  I’d have 12 or more gallons of laundry soap that I would have to store.  We kept them in milk jugs and we’d always have at least 2-3 jugs leak everywhere.  It was messy and a hassle.  After that I chose to give powder laundry soap a try… and I’ve never looked back!  This recipe fills a 2gal jar to the top.  We keep the jar on top of our dryer.  One jar – no mess.  Perfect!  Let’s talk ingredients:

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  • 1 box of Washing Soda
  • 1 box of Borax
  • 1 box Baking Soda (16oz)
  • 1 bar Fels Naptha Soap
  • 1 bar Zote Soap Bar
  • 7tubs LA’s Totally Awesome Power Oxygen Base Cleaner (16oz)(112oz total)
  • Downy Unstopables In-wash Scent Booster (optional)
  • Large tub or trashbag…. something to mix all this together in

There is only really three steps to this process: Grate, Mix and Pour.  Basically I grate the soap real fine and then mix everything together in a big tub.  It’s really that easy.  I like to use our garden tub since its flexible and easy to clean. I usually use the scent boosters for sensitive skin, but they were unfortunately out of stock so I thought I’d try Purex this time around.

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They yellow on top is what was left from the last batch

I don’t trust my pouring skills so once it is all mixed up, I finish by scooping it all into my 2gal jar (you can use mason jars, too)  I use 1/4cup in each load. You will use less if you have a HE washer.  It’s not very sudsy so don’t expect to see alot of bubbles.  And for those who are curious – the LA oxygen cleaner is from the Dollar Tree and is similar to oxy-clean…. just cheaper 🙂  Everything else I got at Walmart.

DSCF5407I’m very pleased with this laundry soap.  Depending on how rowdy we are outside, this batch will last our family nearly a year.  It looks pretty and it also doubles as an air freshener for our mudroom/laundry room.  It’s a win win!

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