July 16, 2008


For my first Works for Me Wednesday I thought I'd share my laundry soap recipe. It's cheap, quick and easy to make, cleans well, and it's probably better for the environment, too! It's a very basic recipe, but I find a lot of people have never even thought to make their own laundry detergent!

You will need a 2 gallon bucket with a lid to store it in.

  • 1/3 of a bar of castille soap (I prefer a scented Dr. Bronner's, though I've also used Fels Naptha in a pinch)
  • 1/2 C washing soda (NOT baking soda!!)
  • 1/2 C borax
  • lots of water

Grate the soap (I have an old grater I use just for this) and put it in a large sauce pan with six cups of water. Heat, stirring, until the soap has melted. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir till dissolved. Remove from heat. Add 4 cups of water to the bucket. Then, add the soap mixture and stir. Add enough water to get within a few inches of the top of the bucket (about 1 gallon + 6 cups of water) and stir well. Let it stand for 24 hours before using. The soap will be gel-like and a little odd looking, but it works! *Use 1/2 c for each wash*

I've been using homemade laundry soap for a few years now. I use it on everything, including cloth diapers! It saves a lot of money, especially when you have a larger family.


Pumita said...

Thanks for the comment! I've enjoyed reading your blog and plan to pass along your soap recipe to my sister-in-law. Love the earth-friendly tips!
Blessings on your homeschooling!

Anne Marie said...

Thanks for this. Being in the construction trade has us in a penny pinching mode right now, and I'm getting to the bottom of the Tide bottle.

I'm going to give this a try!

Mel said...

I found your blog thru a laundry soap recipe on Rocksinmydryer. I must come back, I'm a converting Catholic as well and so needed the prayer you have on your page.

Looking forward to trying the soap, Thanks!