We have been making our own laundry soap for year and it has always worked great. I’ve got kids who play hard and a husband who plays and works hard too and it’s been great at getting out all the dirt and grime. And you can’t beat the price….like pennies (even probably penny) a load. I did try the powered version of this but we use cold water to wash and it didn’t seem to dissolve as well as I would have liked.
This recipe if very easy too. You’ll need 1 bar of Fels Naptha soap. I’ve read that other have used Dove bar soap but we’ve always used Fels Naptha. You can get it at Walmart or Target or any grocery store. Grate the whole bar. It’s a harder soap so it’s very easy to grate.
Simmer 4 cups of water on the stove (excuse my mess of a stove, we had been cooking and baking all day). You’ll add in the grated soap a little at a time, letting it melt before adding more. Use a spatula to scrap the sides and bottom.
While that’s melting (but keep an eye on it) fill your 5 gallon bucket half way with hot water.
Once your bucket is filled halfway and your soap is melted, add it to the bucket along with 1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (not bakig soda) and 1/2 cup Borax. Stir it well and then fill the rest of the bucket with with more hot water.
Then you will put the lid on and let it sit overnight. When you open it the next day it will have somewhat solidfied. Both the liquid parts and gel parts clean just the same. You can also add in essential oils after it has cooled if you’d like. We don’t for the soap, but do add for the homemade fabric softener and diy dryer sheets. I use an old milk jug but any container you have will work. Fill it halfway with the soap and then the other half with water (recipe will end up making 10 gallons of soap). Shake it up to combine and you are ready to go.
Time to do some laundry! Yay!!! Or not yay! I use this old Ikea cup we have had since the kids were little. It’s about a cup. I just add the soap to the washer as it’s filling up. Add your clothes and you are all set.