Monday, April 15, 2013

make your own: laundry soap


i wanted to start making my own homemade cleaners because along with the changes i have done here on the blog, i have been making some changes at home as well. a few years ago, i was really into saving my family money, and suddenly i just gave it up. not to say that i was spending tons of money, but i just wasn't trying to get the best deal when it came to making purchases, i stopped couponing, i stopped trying to cut corners, i just stopped focusing. that may sound weird and kind of vague, but what i didn't mention about myself this past year was that i was in a real big funk. i gained tons of weight, i felt really depressed, my house got disgusting, some days i hated to be around my kids, and i just couldn't get myself out of it. then, recently, after making some changes and doing something about all the things that put me in a terrible mood every day, i just SNAPPED out of it. we revamped the house with some new furniture, i have been staying on top of my cleaning duties, i started eating healthier and losing weight, and now i am working toward saving my family money again.


this is probably on hundreds of other blogs, but i wanted to share my own recipe for laundry soap. i don't have exact figures but, all of the products i purchased were a little over $30, which included the 2 gallon jar that i use to store the soap.

homemade laundry soap

  • 1 (4 lb. 12 oz.) box of borax
  • 1 (3 lb. 7 oz.) box of arm & hammer super washing soda
  • 1 (4 lb.) box of arm & hammer baking soda
  • 1 (3 lb.) box of oxi clean
  • 2 bars of zote soap
  • large bucket for mixing
  • large container for storing
  • 1 tablespoon measuring scoop


grate the zote soap in a food processor. i like to grate it with the grater attachment, then using about 1 cup of baking soda and some of the grated soap, i use the regular blade attachment to grind up the soap even smaller to ensure that it dissolves well in the washer.

once you have grated the soap and baking soda together, mix that and all other ingredients together in a large bucket. if your bucket has a lid, secure lid and mix ingredients by rolling it around on its side. otherwise, just use a large serving spoon to stir ingredients until they are blended well.

once it has been mixed well, pour it into an easily accessible container. this batch made enough for me to fill the entire 2 gallon glass container i purchased.

when washing laundry, i recommend 2-3 tablespoons per load.


i adapted this recipe from several other recipes i found online and so far we have had no problems with it. the soap has a mild scent, our clothes come out clean, and it has even been safe for our high efficiency washer.

i would love to know if you try this recipe and what you think. if you have another recipe that you would like to share, be sure to do so in the comments.

use at your own risk.

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