Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe

Hello all!  Hope that everyone had a great weekend.  Ours was spent relaxing and enjoying a day out with some of the kids.  And today it’s all about laundry! Mondays are our laundry day so I figured what better time to share this Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe with you, than today? Make sure you come back tomorrow for a review on Woolzies dryer balls and a giveaway.

As I’ve mentioned previously I am always looking for ways to lower our household expenses and use more natural products in our everyday life.  Often this can be a real challenge.  I’m sure you’ve all noticed that natural and budget friendly are not easy to come by when you’re shopping.  One of the ways we’ve found to combat that is to make as much as we can when it comes to household cleaners.  Laundry soap is a big expense and when you make your own it cuts it down to pennies per load and you know what’s in it.

We have made our own laundry soap off and on for many years now but it was always the powdered detergent.  When we purchased a new HE washer a few years ago we quickly found that powdered detergent did not work well in it at all.  At the time I was working 50 to 60 hours a week and just did not have the time or energy to test liquid laundry soap recipes.  So, we went back to purchasing laundry soap again.

We finally got in gear and decided to work on a homemade liquid laundry soap recipe this past week.  We’ve been testing it since and so far so good.  You will still need to use a pre treatment for stains but the detergent does get our clothes clean without any buildup left behind.  They also smell fresh but not overly scented.

Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe - Yours And Mine Are Ours - Cost pennies per load and is HE washer safe

Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe


  1. 2 bars Fels-Naptha – grated
  2. 3 cups baking soda
  3. 2 cups washing soda
  4. 2 cups borax
  5. 40 drops essential oils
  6. 4 1/2 gallons water


  1. 1. Stir grated Fels-Naptha into 2 quarts of water in a heavy pan on medium high heat – do not allow to boil.
  2. 2. Stir continuously until melted.
  3. 3. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients while stirring until dissolved.
  4. 4. Pour into a 5 gallon bucket.
  5. 5. Add an additional 4 gallons of water and stir until completely mixed.
  6. 6. Allow to sit for 24 hours prior to use. It will thicken during this time.
  7. 7. Use 1/2 cup per load.
  8. Note It may appear to be separated after letting it sit. Just stir it well and then pour some into a more manageable container such as an empty milk jug or dishwashing liquid container.

If you find that your clothes are not as bright as they normally are you can add about a 1/2 cup of cheap white vinegar to each load.  No, your clothes will not smell like vinegar.  The vinegar also helps to soften your clothes.  I personally have not noticed this.



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About Tammy Northrup

Mother of five sons and one daughter, grandmother to two spunky girls and five of the sweetest boys ever, wife to a mostly amazing man .. okay he's all amazing most of the time, blogger, food lover and onion hater.


  1. Tammy what do you store it in? kelley @ Miss Information recently posted...Shrimp TacosMy Profile
    • We bought a 5 gallon bucket at Home Depot and the screw on lid to go with it. The screw on lid come with this piece that snaps onto the bucket so that the bucket is then able to have the lid screwed on. It makes it more convenient then trying to pop the top off of one of those big buckets. When then take enough of the detergent to fill a milk jug and fill it up for the everyday use. I had saved an old liquid laundry soap bottle but my husband threw it away before we could get it made.
  2. Great stuff. I want to try this when I return to the states where I can buy the ingredients. I'm worried though, if it works in HE washers. We may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice. http://simpleesue.com/french-toast-grilled-cheese-sandwich-with-an-italian-twist/ Simplee Sue recently posted...Honduras Missions – Easter Egg Hunt – Really?My Profile
  3. I love making my own laundry soap! I've never tried the wet version though but I'm about due to make another batch so maybe I'll try it out! Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta recently posted...MondayMy Profile
  4. This is great! I'm definitely pinning it for later! Brittany @ The Domestic Geek recently posted...{Giveaway} Snap-N-StoreMy Profile
  5. This is a really great idea, Tammy! I think I may need to try this! We seem to spend a lot on laundry soap. Thanks so much for sharing at Wicked Good Wednesdays! Rachel @{I Love} My Disorganized Life recently posted...Key Lime Crispy TreatsMy Profile
    • Isn't it amazing how expensive laundry soap can be? I was surprised how much of our budget was devoted to laundry when I began doing the numbers. If you give it a try I would love to know what you think.
  6. I had no idea.... this sounds very interesting. Does an HE washer make any difference? Thanks for sharing at Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker. I hope you join me on Monday night. Karyn - Pint Sized Baker recently posted...Hard Hat Cake Pops - Guest PostMy Profile
  7. This is really cool! I must try it...pinning :) Lyuba@willcookforsmiles recently posted...Roasted Garlic & Dill HummusMy Profile
  8. Thanks for the recipe, yes laundry soap can be quite expensive! Thank you for linking up at Sweet Treats & Swanky Stuff! Lisa recently posted...Sweet Treats & Swanky Stuff Link Party #7My Profile
  9. Finally linking up with my Friday Flash Blog community. Thanks for linking up and sharing in the fun! Have a terrific week and see you on Friday. Jennifer www.TheJennyEvolution.com
  10. Thank you for sharing this! Featuring you tonight!! Lyuba@willcookforsmiles recently posted...Submission Party, Submit Your Cakes and CheesecakesMy Profile
  11. Hi I just made your detergent and it didn't really thicken up much and it looks curdled and lumpy. Is this how it's meant to be? When I aded the baking soda I had volcano in the kitchen it was rather funny.
    • Hi Fran, has it already set for 24 hours? It shouldn't get really thick but the consistency is somewhat like yogurt. That's the best way I know how to describe it. If it appears curdled and lumpy I'm wondering if you may need to mix it some more. If you have an immersion blender this may be the easiest way to get it mixed thoroughly. Let me know how it goes.
  12. I've been making my own laundry detergent for years and I love it. My recipe is really similar to yours but I just mix the dry ingredients and use it like that. Thanks for sharing with us at Project Inspire{d}! Randi - Dukes and Duchesses recently posted...Painted Cheese Platter {with Chalkboard Coating}My Profile
  13. What are the essential oils?
  14. Do I add 4 gallons of water or 4 quarts as the recipe only calls for 6 quarts of water? Thanks!!
  15. I've made one very similar - I don't think I added baking soda nor the essential oils. After it sat over night it was lumpy. I shake it before I use it but it still has lumps that sometimes clog my dispenser. Do you have a problem with lumps?
    • Thank you for stopping by! The laundry soap does clump somewhat but we just stir it up again and sometimes even use an immersion blender to whip it more. You also could cut the water in half and then it would be more of a whipper detergent which should help with that also. Just remember it would be more concentrated then so you would only want to use half of the amount in your wash also. I hope that helps. Let me know if you try it and how it goes.
  16. Is this soap safe for high-efficiency machine? And should you use a pot only for making the soap not one that you cook with?


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