Homemade Laundry Soap

Recipe Submitted by mimzie ..|.. Category: Homemaking Recipes

Easy to make and cost less than $1 for 2 gallons! Works great and smells like whatever soap you decide to use! I've used Tide for MANY years and never switch because nothing works as good for me. This stuff does!


  • 1/3 Bar Fels Naptha Soap, Grated (or ANY deodorant soap)
  • 1/2 Cup Washing Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Borax
  • 2 Gallon Bucket
  • Hot Water


Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints of water, and heat on low until dissolved. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat. Add 1 Quart Hot Water to 2 Gallon Bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Fill bucket with hot water, and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load.

I use Zest and it works fine, smells great too. The Fels Naptha can only be found online sometimes (not here anyway) and I've read that the old recipe in the Fels Naptha is what worked so great in laundry soap and is not in today recipe so I dont bother ordering it online.

Borax can be found in the laundry soap isle and Washing soda can often be found on the same isle. Our walmart does not carrying the washing soda (not the same as baking soda) but it does carry the borax. I had to go to the local grocery store for the Washing soda (laundry soap isle) Both boxes are around $3 a piece and borax has TONS of uses, specially for us homeschoolers that want to make slime and gak and all that for the kiddos! lol

Mine turned out pretty lumpy the 2nd time but do not worry, pour it in the washer no matter what, it works the same. Use the same amount that you would your regular laundry soap.

Oh and I grate up the bar of soap with a potato peeler. Just make sure it's small to dissolve good on the stove.

Recipe from Homeschoolforms.com, Site Maintained by Donna Young, of DonnaYoung.org