This is the laundry soap that I used before I discovered soap nuts. See all about soap nuts HERE and other ways to use them besides laundry HERE. I was at my girlfriends house the other day and she was complaining about the high cost of laundry soap and all the chemical junk that it contains. I showed her how to whip up a batch of homemade laundry soap. Her cost: $0.83 cents! This does 60-64 loads of laundry. That is one penny per load baby!
Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap
- 3 pints water (6 cups)
- 1/3 bar of Fels Naptha soap grated (we cheated and grated it in her food processor . ha!)
- 1/2 cup washing soda (not baking soda)
- 1/2 cup borax
- 1 Quart hot water (4 cups)
- A 2 gallon bucket with a tight-fitting lid (we used an old coconut oil bucket, if you’re really nifty you can funnel this into an old detergent bottle and nobody will even know you’re a cheap skate!)
- cold water to fill bucket
1. Mix Fels Naptha in a saucepan with 3 pints water, heat on low until dissolved. Stir in the washing soda and borax. Stir until thick and remove from heat.
2. In the 2 gallon bucket add 1 quart of hot water. Add soap mixture to the bucket and stir well.
3. Now fill the bucket with cold tap water (leaving room to stir).
4. Set bucket aside for 24 hours. Uncovered. It will turn into a gel.
5. Place lid on bucket and you’re ready to wash some clothes.
Use 1/3 to 1/2 cup per load. You can stir in any essential oils that you like, if you are a fan of scented laundry.