Homemade Laundry Soap

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Laundry Soap is one of those expensive grocery items that we really can make ourselves, and make it much, much, much cheaper too.

You can make a liquid gel or a powder.

A five gallon pail of laundry gel costs only about $2.00.  That’s only 1 or 2 cents a load !

Here’s how:
Grate a bar of soap, add water and heat until it is dissolved.  Do not let it boil.
Pour into a five gallon pail and stir in Borax and Washing Soda until they are dissolved.
Fill pail with water and stir again.
When cool, it will gel.
Use between 1/2 – 1 cup in your laundry – depending on how soiled the clothes are.

If you prefer a dry laundry soap, grate the soap finely, add the washing soda and borax and use like any other dry laundry soap.

Use the bar soap of your choice.  Common choices are Fels Naptha and Octagon as pictured above.  Zote is another choice for laundry too. I sometimes use the little left over bits of bath bars instead of discarding them.  It’s easy to adjust the amount of Borax and Washing Soda to suit your own personal needs. Fels Naptha, Borax and Washing Soda can be found in many supermarket laundry aisles.  Note that this is Washing Soda, not baking soda.

You can make your own washing soda too.  It is very inexpensive to make from a bulk supply of baking soda.  Baking soda in bulk can be purchased at feed stores.

Bake your baking soda @ 400° for 30 minutes to turn it into washing soda.

Happy savings and simple living.

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Laundry Soap

    • Yes, simple living means many things. It’s not just about saving money, or saving the environment, although it can mean these things. Finding suitable replacements to eliminate chemicals and therefore enjoy a healthier home environment is certainly one of the More-with-Less ideals. Thanks for sharing!

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