Homemade Laundry Soap That Works

How to Make Homemade Laundry Soap That Works

Want to save money by making your own cheap laundry detergent? This detergent recipe will make a almost four gallons of fabric cleaning laundry detergent for under one dollar.

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The laundry detergent is safe for all fabrics and will clean the toughest stain. A little of the homemade laundry detergent can be used as laundry spot treatment, then wash garment as usual for stain removal.

Ingredients Needed for Cheap Laundry Detergent Recipe

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*1/3 bar of Fels Naptha soap (grated)






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*½ cup washing soda




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*½ cup of borax

**These three items can be found in the laundry aisle of most any grocery store.




How To Make Cheap Laundry Detergent

In a large sauce pan, combine four cups of water, Fels Naptha soap, (which has been grated using a cheese grater)  washing soda and borax. Cook over medium heat until the Fels Naptha soap dissolves, reduce heat and let boil gently for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Turn off heat and add six cups of cold water to the mixture and stir until thoroughly blended. Pour soapy mixture into a 5 gallon, plastic bucket, then add exactly 22 more cups of water and stir thoroughly to combine. The laundry detergent will be thick and gelatinous. If fragrance is desired, add it to the homemade laundry detergent at this stage.

That’s all there is to making cheap laundry detergent. If the 5 gallon bucket has a lid, the laundry detergent can be kept in the bucket and scooped out with a cup. Use between ½ cup and a full cup of detergent, depending on laundry load size.


4 Responses to “Homemade Laundry Soap That Works

  • Can you use this in an HE washing machine? We keep trying to stitch away from Tide, but every other soap messes up our washer.

    • Yes you can, we have used this for months in our HE washer.

      • Hey Katherine, thanks for the personal testimony…I am ashamed to say I had to ask a friend what an HE washer was LOL (high efficiency for those of you, who like me, have no idea what an HE is)

  • Bailey, I’m not sure..the homemade laundry soap doesn’t have many “chemicals” in it and is not powdered. It is also pretty diluted by the time you use it. You could always mix it with water so that it is liquid (more liquid than it already is) and then just pour it over your clothes to wash.


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