Saturday, April 6, 2013

Making your own Laundry Soap

Making your own Laundry Soap is Easy as 1-2-3!

List of items you will need:

Hypoallergenic option:

  • 1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax
  • 1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
  • any hard bar of soap that is hypoallergenic make sure you get at least 28 oz worth. 2 popular brands are Tom's of Maine and Kirk's Natural Original Coco Castle bar's
  • 1 (3lb) Container of Oxyclean (this is optional, most people aren't sensitive to it, but if you are worried leave it out of the mix and just add a little in the 1st few loads to test. 
  • 1 (4 lb) Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  • 2 (32 oz) Purex Crystals for Baby (this is the pink bottle)
I have not tested the hypoallergenic recipe out. 
If any of you do please let me know how it works for you.
disclaimer: I am not a professional, this recipe was put together
from me researching the items and finding out it they are hypo allergenic.  

The 1st step to making your soap is grating your zotes or fels naptha soap
bars. You can either hand grate them or chop it up in your food processor.

After I grated my soap. 
I grabbed a large container ( I used a medium sized storage container)
 and start layering my ingredients. I found it easier to add a little of
each and then stir, instead of dumping the entire bottle of ingredients
in and then have to stir like crazy to get it all mixed well.

After the layering and stirring process
(and all your containers are empty)

You are finished.. Yes I said finished

Either leave in your bucket or Like I did I put it in a fancy glass
container to place on my washer with a tablespoon placed on top.
 you will only need 2 Tbs for a regular sized wash load.

Price Breakdown:
Borax: $3.38
Oxiclean: $9.47
Zote Soap x 2: $1.94
Purex Crystals: $4.76
Baking Soda: $2.50
Super Washing Soda: $4.95
Total: $27.00 plus sales tax

Each wash uses 2 Tbs of this soap
roughly this makes 303 loads
for $27.00
.09 a Load

Price Breakdown:
Borax: $3.38
Oxiclean $9.47
Hypo Bar Soap x 2 $5.00 (high estimate)
Purex for Baby: $4.76
Baking Soda: $2.50
Super Washing Soda: $4.95
Total w/Oxiclean:  $30.06          Total without Oxiclean: $20.59

Each wash uses 2 Tbs of this soap
roughly this makes
 303 loads                                      280 loads
with Oxyclean                       without Oxiclean

.09 a Load                          .07 a Load       

Happy Laundry Day!

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  1. Thanks for sharing! I've seen a lot of DIY laundry soap tutorials floating around blog land this week. I really like your cost break down. It definitely makes since to make your own laundry detergent. Stopping by from Your Home Based Mom :)

  2. I'm liking this a lot. Would love to have you share it also at What to do Weekends party. Is it hypo allergenic I wonder? Linda

    1. I went back in and added a hypo allergenic option to my DIY laundry soap. thanks for the feedback.

  3. Is this good for HE machines?

    1. To my knowledge it is. all the products that you put into this mix are HE safe.