Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Homemade Laundry Soap

I've been concerned about chemicals in my home for some time now. I felt like I didn't have much of a say in the matter until I started reading some wonderful blogs like Sutton Grace and heard about a lot of people making their own. The ingredients are pretty simple. Because our gray water goes into a septic tank I have to be very careful about what I put down our drains. All of the homemade laundry detergent ingredients are very septic tank friendly.

First, start with a bar of Fels-Naptha. I bought mine at Taylor's Do It Yourself which is a small hometown type of hardware store.

I grated it with my handy grater that used to belong to my grandma.

Then I combined the grated soap with some Borax and Washing Soda. I got the Borax at the grocery store (I've used it for years as a laundry booster). I had to drive to a Kroger to find the Washing Soda. It's not the same as Baking Soda from Arm and Hammer. I found it in the laundry detergent isle.

Here's the recipe:
1 cup grated Fels-Naptha soap
1/2 cup borax
1/2 cup washing soda
Mix together and use 3 Tbl. for a large load of laundry. I made a triple recipe and store it in a plastice container with an old measuring tablespoon in the container.

So far, I've washed 3 loads with this detergent. I'm pleased with the scent (clean) and the cleaning ability. I have not washed anything really super dirty yet but the gardening season is just starting.


  1. I'm glad you posted this! I've always wanted to make my own laundry soap, not for financial reasons or environmental reasons, but just for feelings of self-sufficency. I use Gain or Tide now. Ha!

  2. Wow! I am so glad I discovered your blog this morning, I have gained several helpful tips already! I have been working at eliminating chemicals from our home, too, and already have the borax, but wasn't sure what to combine it with, so thanks for the recipe:-)
    Have you used this in a front load machine by chance?

  3. I don't have a front loading machine, (yet) but when researching recipes to use I came across several people who use this recipe in a front loading machine.


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