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Laundry Soap Recipe

I'm looking for a laundry soap recipe.

Becky from Kit, ON


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March 11, 20090 found this helpful

Here are two recipes I've gleaned from this site:
1. Homemade Laundry Powder Mix
1 bar Fels Naptha Laundry Soap - Grated
3 cups 20 Mule Team Borax
3 cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
Use 1/3 cup per wash load. (I, personallly use 6 Tablespoons.) Run water into washer. If washing colors, run some hot water first to dissolve the powder, then switch to cold or warm water. Then, add clothes.

2. Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap
Ingredients, Full Batch
2 gallons Water (hot)
1 bar Soap (grated)
2 cups Baking soda (yes baking soda not washing soda)

Ingredients, Half Batch
1 gallon water hot
&frac; bar soap grated
1 cup baking soda

Ingredients, Quarter Batch
&frac; gallon water hot
&frac; bar soap grated


&frac; cup baking soda

* Melt grated soap in a saucepan with enough hot water to cover. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring frequently until soap is melted.
* In a large pail, pour hot water. Add melted soap, stir well.
* Then add the baking soda, stir well again.
* Use half cup per full load, 1 cup per very soiled load
Note: add &frac; to &frac; cup hydrogen peroxide per load for extra whiteness.

I did the adaption for the liquid laundry soap recipe for a friend with fibromyalgia because she can't lift anything heavy.

Hope this info helps!

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March 13, 20090 found this helpful

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February 19, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks for the recipe.

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March 9, 20090 found this helpful

I was wondering if anyone knows a good laundry soap recipe? I am tired of spending a ton of money just to clean clothes. My husband gets very dirty every day and we go through a ton of soap. Any ideas would be helpful. Thanks!

Jennifer from IL


Laundry Soap Recipe

I have making my own detergent now for about a year (thank you thriftyfun!). Its terrific! I can't get the fels naptha here in Canada, but any soap will work really. I use which ever laundry bar is on sale, but I have heard of people using Ivory or other pure soaps too.

I have pots, spoons and a grater that I only use for this task.

  • 1/3 bar grated soap
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 cup borax
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 2 gallons hot water

I heat the grated soap in 6 cups of water until the soap is dissolved. Add the borax and washing soda and stir until dissolved. Add this mixture to a 2 gallon bucket of hot water and stir. Stir occasionally over the next 24 hours while cooling.


For tough stains, rub the stain with the laundry bar in the hottest water the material will tolerate. For a fabric softener try plain old white vinegar. It removes all traces of detergent from your clothes and your washer while it softens and deodorizes. Your clothes will smell clean, not like vinegar. (08/24/2006)

By Terry Lynn

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