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HOW TO Make Your Own Laundry Soap

One of the biggest expenses that I run across when I wash my clothes is the laundry soap. Because of my family’s allergies and desire to go organic, I have a hard time finding affordable soap that actually works. I have scoured stores and clipped coupons, but it is always hard to find.

Then I found out that I could make my own laundry soap, and it works great. This simple recipe can be changed depending on your family’s needs and desires. As a matter of fact, I add a scoop of Oxyclean to my heavily-soiled loads, but this laundry soap really does get your clothes clean and smelling fresh. I also switch out the bar soap I add to a handmade type that I found at my local farmer’s market, so feel free to find your own additions and substitutions to the recipe!
Tools needed:

· Grater
· Measuring cup
· Spoon
· Airtight container


· 1 box (Arm & Hammer) Washing Soda
· 1 box (20 Mule Team) Borax
· 1 pack of (Ivory) Bar Soap

The names in parenthesis are the brand names I can find, but you can use whatever you find and are comfortable with. The Borax and Washing Soda can be found on the laundry aisle of your local supermarket. You should use your preferred bar soap type and scent.


1. Grate one bar of soap (about 5 oz) finely
2. Add one cup Borax
3. Add one cup Washing Soda
4. Mix well
5. Store in an airtight container

You will only need to use one tablespoon of soap in every wash, but you can use two for heavily soiled clothes. Like I mentioned, if you need to get clothes white you can use Oxyclean or a similar non-polluting laundry additive.

Do not expect the homemade soap to suds up. The low suds allow you to use it in high efficacy washers and do not affect the cleaning power. The homemade soap is also septic safe.

If you want to make a lot at once, simply calculate the amount you want to create based on the original recipe. The soap lasts for months if stored properly. This simple recipe can save you tons of money, help you to live more organically, and even help out the allergy sufferers in your family. Try it out and see the improvement!

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  • Lea

    I use Dr. Bronners all natural castile soap. There are different scents to choose from and they are all natural. I find them at Whole Foods. I make 5 gallons at a time and share it with family and friends with the recipe on the side of the bottle so they can remake it on their own.