DIY: Homemade Laundry Soap

Did you see my recent blog post? It shows all of the really cool ideas I have gotten from Pinterest and how they have turned out… it  HERE!

Here is another Pinterest inspired idea I have tried…..first I got the recipe for the laundry soap HERE…..and then I got the idea of storing it from here….

this is so fun!!

Making the laundry soap was super easy, first I grated a bar of all natural soap and melted it in 4 cups of boiling water.  Next, I placed 4 gallons of water into a 5 gallon bucket and added in 1 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup of Borax.  Then I added in the melted soapy water and mixed everything together!  This process was fairly quick and the laundry soap gelled very quickly.  Next I needed a container to store it in!

I had an old water jug that we weren’t using for water anymore so I attached a little hook to the side and hung an old 1/3 measuring cup on it.  I also wrote out the recipe on card stock and attached it to the side.

Lastly, I poured in the laundry soap!

When I do a load of laundry I just take the little cup and place it under the spout and measure out 1/3 cup and add into my load of laundry!


Have you ever made homemade laundry soap?

What do you store yours in?

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31 thoughts on “DIY: Homemade Laundry Soap

  1. I LOVE this idea! I wonder if it is safe for front loading machines, or if less should be used? Do you have any idea on the portions? Thanks so much 🙂

    • I don’t know anything about front loaders….I use 1/3 cup for a regular load of laundry…when I wash my hubby’s work clothes I use a little more. Do you generally use more with front loaders?

  2. This is awesome! I love how your making so many household things lately. 🙂

    I want to try that handsoap (we use bars now which is a tough one with little kids who love to stick their fingers in it!). Is it thick like a store-bought pump soap?

    I use powder for my front loader (found that liquid leaves a residue in the soap dispenser that gets moldy – eek). I buy the powder in bulk and keep a plastic lidded container with a scooper handy.

  3. Do you know if it is safe for h&e washing machines? Thank you.. I would really love to make this to save money just don’t want to mess up my washer.. 🙂

    • I have no idea…a friend of mine wasjust asking me about that too….I have the old fashioned kind and it works in there…I am not even sure how a h&e machine works-sorry!

      • 🙂 HAHA That’s okay. I was just wondering. I wasn’t sure if I should chance it or not lol 🙂 Thank you this is a wonderful idea though!

    • Washing soda is made from the same company as baking soda…it is in the laundry aisle. I do not have a front loader machine so I am not sure where to find the info 🙂

      • The borax states right on it for all machines including he. I’ve seen on other sites that people have used the same recipe and it has worked perfectly fine on front loaders. One lady has been using it for two years!

  4. I just made 5 gallons of this and used the Fels Naptha. Then I saw your post that you didn’t want to use Fels Naptha! Why? Mine didn’t gel like you said yours did.

    • When I was making this I did a quick search on Fels Naptha because I didn’t know what it was and started reading how it is petrolium based and I couldn’t bring myself to use petroleum on my kids clothes!!!

  5. Problem I had was washing soda didn’t dissolve we’ll, (clumps in bottom) then soap got real thick and slimy and rose to top. Won’t stay mixed. I’m afraid it will clog washer and pipes.

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