How to make Laundry Soap

December is not a good month to try to save money. With all those parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting and caroling out in the snow….wait, did I write that?

Anyway, not a cheap month. Happy – yes. Indulgent – definitely. A good month to save for adopting – not so much.

One way that I save money year round is by making our own laundry soap. It’s easy, cheap, and easy. I made some toady – I’ll show you.

Grate 1 bar of unscented soap (regular or laundry). I like this Fels Naptha laundry soap.

The grating can get tedious, but you’ll get through it.

Now measure 1.5 cups Borax, and 1.5 cups Washing Soda and add to the soap flakes.

Voila! Laundry soap! Use 1 TBSP per load.

Bet you didn’t really think it would be that easy, did you? Maybe next time you’ll believe me.

Washing Soda, Borax, and Fels Naptha can be found in the cleaning or laundry aisles of WalMart, Target, Kroger, etc. I personally buy mine at Kroger in the cleaning aisle.

I tried to write a nice, neat breakdown of the cost, but it’s honestly been at least a year since I bought the Washing Soda and Borax. I’d like to say they were around $2.50-3 each, but don’t hold me to that.  They obviously last a while. The Fels Naptha costs $1 per bar. So each batch of laundry soap (that lasts our little family 3 months) costs maybe $1.50.

Not too shabby. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some laundry to fold.

  1. NICE!!! its all about making lemonade from lemmons. Thats the spirt!

    • chowchow22
    • December 21st, 2009

    Does this work in the new low suds front loaders?

  2. That sounds much easier than I expected! Do you happen to know if it works like a “free & clear” detergent? I’m just wondering if I can use that for Caroline’s clothes…instead of the crazy expensive Dreft. Hmmm….

      • Ali
      • December 22nd, 2009

      Kali – I know Annie uses ingredients similar to this in hers, and I think she uses it for her babies too. I would use it for an infant.
      Chowchow22 – I don’t know much about front loaders, but this laundry soap doesn’t produce suds at all.
      Hope this helps!

    • chowchow22
    • January 14th, 2010

    It does help, because suds would be the problem. Thank you!

    • Meg
    • March 30th, 2010

    I am so excited to try this! I read this post a while back, but I’ve been trying to use up the industrial size Costco detergent that’s on my shelf…it’s finally almost gone!

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