Google "homemade laundry soap recipes" and there's no end to the results. Basically they're pretty much all the same...with measurements varying a bit. I'm including a wet and a dry recipe. By all means, leave a comment if you have another (tried and trusted) recipe, or to let everyone know what your results have been, switching over to homemade!
The liquid recipe below can be used a general household cleaner. Add to a squeeze bottle for use on dishes, or thin (if necessary) and add to a spray bottle for all around the house cleaning.
HOMEMADE LIQUID LAUNDRY SOAP
- 1/3 BAR OF FELS NAPTHA (alternatives: castile soap, dr. bronners, or any natural soap) If using liquid soap use 1 cup
- 4 CUPS OF WATER
- 1/2 CUP ARM & HAMMER WASHING SODA*** (This is NOT baking soda. Should find it in the laundry isle of the grocery)
- 1/2 CUP 20 MULE TEAM BORAX POWDER
- 1 GALLON + 6 CUPS WATER
Grate one third of the bar of Fels Naptha. Combine grated soap with 4 cups water. Heat in large pot until mixture begins to boil and the soap melts. Turn heat down until mixture is at a slow boil. Add washing soda and stir till completely dissolved. Add borax and continue stirring till completely dissolved. Stir constantly while cooking, and don't walk away. Do not let the mixture boil over! Remove from heat, until boiling subsides, then return to heat. Cook until all ingredients are completely dissolved, then remove from heat.
Add 4 cups of water to a 5 gallon bucket. Slowly pour in the cooked mixture and stir. Add an additional 1 gallon + 6 cups cold water and stir again. Immediately pour mixture, divided equally into two 1-gallon jugs. It's important to leave space at the top of each jug, in order to shake mixture up, before each use.
RECOMMENDED AMOUNT = 1/3 CUP PER LOAD
HOMEMADE DRY LAUNDRY SOAP
- 1 CUP SHREDDED BAR SOAP (FELS NAPTHA OR EQUIVALENT)
- 2 CUPS OF BORAX POWDER
- 1 CUP OF WASHING SODA***
- 1 CUP OF BAKING SODA
Pretty simple. Grate soap, mix all ingredients, and store in an air-tight container.
TIME SAVING BATCH
Enough soap to do 2 loads a day for 6-8 months. Same shopping list as above, but you're using the entire box of each ingredient.
- 4 lb box of Borax (12 cups)
- 55 oz box Washing Soda*** (8 cups)
- 4 lb box Baking Soda (8 cups)
- 4 bars of Fels-Naptha (grated)
RECOMMENDED AMOUNT FOR BOTH THE ABOVE RECIPES = 2 TBS
The above two recipes are from the COUNTING TO TEN blog. Check her out for lots of great, green inspiration!
I made up my first batch using the first HOMEMADE DRY LAUNDRY SOAP recipe. Only change I made was using the entire bar of Fels Naptha which worked out to almost 2 cups. I washed a load of clothes right away, but noticed that there was still some dirt on one of the blankets, that the dog had been sleeping on. So, I added another 1/3 cup soap, and this time I'm letting it soak awhile before finishing the wash. Fingers crossed.....it'll all come out clean. When this batch is finished, I'm gonna try the cooked/liquid method, and see how that works.
FOR WHITE LOADS ADD 1/2 CUP OF HYDROGEN PEROXIDE. LET SOAK A FEW HOURS TO OVERNIGHT BEFORE FINISHING THE WASH.
TO CONTROL STATIC CLING, USE A WADDED UP PIECE OF ALUMINIUM FOIL IN THE DRY. CAN BE REUSED AGAIN AND AGAIN.
*** IF YOU CAN'T FIND WASHING SODA AT YOUR GROCERY STORE. I READ THAT YOU CAN MAKE WASHING SODA FROM BAKING SODA, BY BAKING IT AT 400 DEGREE F. THIS IS WHAT I DID. NOT SURE IF IT WORKS SINCE I HAVE NOTHING TO COMPARE IT TO, YET. I BAKED IT FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES. MAKE SURE TO OPEN SOME WINDOWS...WAS SORT OF A NASTY SMELL AND SMOKE COMING FROM THE OVEN. MIGHT HAVE OVER DONE IT. :/ LEAVE A COMMENT IF YOU CAN ADD YOUR SAGE WISDOM ABOUT THIS.