Monday, March 23, 2009

Homemade Laundry Soap

For a while now I've been wanting to make some laundry soap.
My first interest in it came after watching an episode of TheDuggars ...
in which they made their own laundry soap.
Their recipe was a liquid soap, which they kept in 5 gal. buckets.
That seemed kind of awkward for our small laundry room.
Just this past week I was reading through a blog that I found
(and have quite enjoyed:)
Whatd'ya know a laudry soap recipe that's just powder!
It called for Ivory soap, but I already had a bunch of Fels Naptha.
(The Duggar recipe called for Fels)
So I sorta combined the two recipes,
and I am quite please with the results.

The Recipe...
1 bar Fels Naptha soap
1 c washing soda (NOT baking soda)
1/2 c borax
Grate the soap very fine. Whisk in soda & borax.
That's it.
Just add 1 tablespoon to regular loads,
and 2 tablespoons to heavy duty loads.
Thanks jAne for the recipe!


  1. Michelle,Great job!!!!I'm so proud of you.It looks so cute in our laundry room.Not to mention saving money at the same time!!!Mom will be happy!:.)

  2. Where do you find your ingredients? I've wanted to try to make my own laundry soap as well, since I go through a ton of it and would like to save money if possible! :)

  3. Thanks Miss Ullrich!

    Sarah, I found my washing soda at Kroger (they don't have it at Wal-mart, but they DO have borax), and I found my Fels-Naptha at Doc's drug store in Henry,IL. I got it for only $1 a bar. They're out right now, but the guy who works there said he ordered more. I'm pretty sure they have it in the Leman's catalog. You could look online. If they get more at Doc's I'll buy a bunch and could pass it on to you through your mom, if you want. :)

  4. Thank you so much for the additional info. I haven't checked Kroger for laundry supplies so I'll look next time I'm there! We have a Doc's drugs here so I'll check there for Fels-Naptha, if I can't find it I'd be glad to reiumburse you for some once your drug store gets it back in! :)


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