Why would I make my own laundry soap?

            It is cheap to make, especially after purchasing the items you need to get started. You can make five gallons of soap for a fraction of the cost of the average store bought soap. The process of making the soap is both quick and easy. In addition, it works well and gets your laundry clean. You can even customize the soap by adding your own fragrances.

What do I need to get started?

  • 1 measuring cup
  • 1 large handled spoon
  • 1 straining spoon
  • 1 five-gallon container with lid
  • 1 large saucepan
  • 1 cheese grater to use only for grating your soap
  • Access to a stove or burner
  • 1 bar of Fels-Naptha soap
  • ½ cup of Borax
  • ½ cup of washing soda
  • Access to a sing for water
  • Optional items
    • Essential oils or Downy Beads for additional fragrance. You can also use different soaps instead of Fels-Naptha, Dove soap works very well.

Let’s get started!

Using your cheese grater, grate the Fels-Naptha soap until it resembles grated cheese. Add 2 cups of warm or hot water to your saucepan and place on a heated stovetop. Next, add the grated soap to the pan of water and stir the soap until it is completely melted. Add fresh hot water to the five-gallon container until it is ¾ of the way full. Then add the pan of melted soap and water to the container.

After pouring the melted soap into the container, add ½ cup of borax and ½ cup of washing soda to the container. Using your long handled spoon, stir the container well and place the lid on the soap. Let it sit overnight.

Next day…

Now you’ve let it sit over night and when you open the container, you will see that your laundry soap looks more like a paste after it has been left to sit. This is where the physical exercise begins. With your long handled spoon, you need to mix the soap up so the consistency is the same throughout. I would recommend you stir the soap for approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Once the consistency is about the same, you are now ready to use your laundry detergent.

You may need to stir your detergent up before using each time as the consistency will be a bit thicker than shop bought soap.

Congratulations! You have made your first laundry soap. Half a cup of laundry soap is all you need per load!

Useful Facts!

          All the items you need to get started can be purchased from Walmart. Your initial cost will be the most expensive, especially if you need to purchase the five gallon container and lid. The boxes of Borax and Washing soda can be used approximately ten times before needing to purchase any more.

The initial cost is approximately $16.87 plus tax.

  • Fels-Naptha $1.79
  • Washing Soda $3.79
  • Borax (per box) $3.79
  • Buckets and Lids $7.50

The ingredients you need to make soap can be found in the laundry aisle. The five gallon containers and lids are where the painting supplies are kept. As previously mentioned you can customize the soap to suit yourself.

  • For example, using Dove soap instead of Fels-Naptha. However, you will need to use at least 6 ounces of soap each time you make 5 gallons of laundry soap

After the initial cost has been met, you can make a huge savings! It will cost approximately $1.05 for 176 washer loads based on using half a cup per load. That is huge in saving compared to say the cost of purchasing, for example, Tide detergent that will give you 90 loads and cost $9.46. The actual soap works just as well as the store bought product, and you can customize it to suit yourself by adding your own fragrances!