Homemade Hippie Liquid Laundry Soap


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.


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  1. July 9, 2013 at 7:31 PM

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  2. Cana said,

    July 12, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Do you know what the actual difference is between washing soda and are gulab baking soda? I know to get washing soda you simply bake baking soda in an oven for an hour at 400 degrees. But I’m not sure what difference it really makes. Help….. 🙂

    • July 30, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      Cana, According to Dr. Dan Berger, a professor of chemistry at Bluffton College, the primary difference between washing soda (sodium carbonate) and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is that washing soda consumes twice as much acid as baking soda. Baking soda has a PH of 7 and is safe for consumption. Washing soda (sodium Carbonate) has a PH of 11 and is more caustic. Yes you can make your own washing soda, I have done it plenty of times.

  3. August 26, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    I like this!

    I am a Real Food Lover too, and an old hippy!

    O yes, to add:

    BIG discovery of the month is citric acid to get rid of limescale. More effective than any (chemical/natural) product I have ever used.

    Dissolve citric acid in hot water, pour down the loo, leave overnight – and six years of grimey limescale vanished overnight.

  4. Kendra said,

    December 1, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Does this soap work for HE washers? I’m looking for a natural alternative for my daughter with allergies…

    • January 10, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      Kendra, yes. It doesn’t suds up much, so it would probably work for HE washing machines

  5. December 13, 2013 at 2:10 PM

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  6. January 8, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    I wish you were still blogging regularly; I’m learning so much from your site! I’m 24 and really beginning to sit up and take notice of certain deficiencies that could be leading to some mild health problems I’ve developed. Because of your blog I’m planning to rub myself down with some homemade magnesium oil, beginning to take cod liver oil religiously, rub rosehip seed oil into my face, and whip up some homemade shampoo and body wash from soap nuts in the near future!

  7. February 12, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Intriguing, I may try that myself.

  8. Suzane N. said,

    March 29, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    How can this be all natural, I’ve read that this soap contain fragrance and petroleum derived solvent

  9. Suzane N. said,

    March 29, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    The fels naptha soap I was referring to.. Can you use a different soap to make laundry detergent ?

  10. Esor said,

    January 19, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    What is Fels Naptha soap? Is it a brand?

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