I was a little nervous about the powdered form since my previous experience with it meant having clumps of detergent still on our clothes after the wash cycle was over. Boy am I glad I decided to go with powder - with a little elbow grease and 10 minutes I was able to make about 2 months worth of laundry soap for as little as $3 and I knew exactly what was in it. Our clothes smelled great, our sweatshirts and towels were soft again and our clothes have never been cleaner.
There are many variations of a homemade laundry soap recipe. I am sharing how I make mine - I have had no issues with it. Try it if you'd like or not, the choice is yours.
- 1 bar Fels-Naptha (laundry bar & stain remover)
- 1 cup washing soda (NOT baking soda)
- 1 cup borax
- Washer Wiffs/Unstopables (optional)
- Container to hold the soap
- Tablespoon to use as a scoop
- Food Processor (makes combining everything easier)
- Cheese grater
- Grate the Fels-Naptha with a cheese grater - this is the most tedious part of the project (some don't like the smell of Fels-Naptha and have opted to use ivory soap. I personally have never used Ivory as I like the scent of the Fels-Naptha)
- Combine in food processor with 1 cup Borax and 1 cup Washing Soda until all three of the ingredients are incorporated.
- Add 1/2 cup Washer Wiffs/Unstopables, combine in food processor with the already grated soap. (This just adds a scent to the soap, not needed if you do not want a scented soap. I like to add it last so it's not ground up as fine as the other ingredients)
- Add the mixture to your container.
- Repeat these steps until your container is full (or you have your desired amount.
- 1 tablespoon per load of laundry. For more soiled clothing you can use 2 tablespoons.