I’m a DIY guy for sure. If I can do it myself, I do. I make my own dish soap, my own household cleaner, by own dishwasher detergent, but my all time favorite recipe is my home made laundry soap. It’s easy to make, you can find all of the ingredients at your local Kroger or online, and while it takes a bit of time to make, you end up with an enormous supply. One batch lasts my family of 4 about 7 months. Let’s get to it:
You will need:
- 1 cup of washing soda
- 1 cup of borax
- Half of a 5.5 ounce bar of Fels Naptha soap
Note: Unless ingested, borax is not toxic to humans, and Fels Naptha no longer actually contains naptha, so you’re in the clear there too.
The process of making it is pretty simple too:
- In a pot, heat a half a gallon of water.
- Grate your half bar of Fels Naptha soap and add to the water.
- Don’t allow the water to boil! It’ll make a big mess.
- While your soap melts on the stove, fill your bucket with four and a half gallons of hot tap water.
- Add the borax and washing soda to the bucket of water. Stir well!
- Once your soap has melted on the stove, pour into the bucket.
- Stir well and periodically over the next six or so hours. If you don’t stir it, it turns into a gel.
I use a high efficiency washing machine and it works fine. What I have noticed is that I don’t need to exceed about a quarter cup of the laundry soap, otherwise it leaves a bit of a residue. Realistically, a load of laundry doesn’t even require that much soap.