Saturday, March 2, 2013

Basic Homemade Laundry Soap

Basic Homemade Laundry Soap

It's pretty easy to make and quite effective. All of the ingredients can be found in the detergent aisle at a Wal-mart except the Baking Soda (4 pound box) is found in the baking section. This recipe contains all of the major players that we use in our environmentally friendly cleaning products.
  • 1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax
  • 1 4 lb box Baking Soda
  • 1 55 oz box Washing Soda
  • 3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap or 2 bars of Zote (you can use an alternative type of bar soap)
  • 2 small containers of Oxy Clean (purchased at the Dollar Store)
Step #1-Grate the bars of soap or cut into pieces and place into the food processor.
Step #2 – Pour all of the dry ingredients into a large container. I used a 5 gallon bucket and alternated the dry ingredients and the soap pieces. Now all you have to do is stir!
Step #3 –It's optional to add Essential Oil but I love the various essential oils recipes. Try 25 drops of the following or mix them up to make your favorite essential oils recipes!
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Melaleuca
  • Grapefruit
Or instead of essential oils you could add a container of fabric softener crystals for scent and softening (again, it's optional). 

I use one scoop that you get in the OxyClean container per load.  Yep, that's all you need.

This is a slightly revised version of a recipe that is on

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