Handmade Laundry Soap Recipe

Recipe for Homemade Laundry Soap
Homemade Laundry Soap, Borax, Washing Soda

Making your own laundry soap can save you a lot of money, but not only that you know what goes into the product that will wash your clothing, bedding, etc.

There are some very harmful chemicals in some products on the market today and washing your cloths with them and then wearing those cloths puts those chemicals close to your body.

I suffered terribly from excema for years and that was one of the reason I started making soap, but that’s not where it stopped. I began to make laundry soap as well and we grow as much of our own food as we can – that’s another subject.

In the years since being proactive with my skin problems and using and making natural products. I have not had an excema outbreak in a very long time. not had an outbreak of excema in a long time.

The laundry soap recipe I use is powder:

Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe

  • 8 oz of grated soap (I use the end pieces from the soap I make)
  • 4 oz of washing soda
  • 4 oz of borax
  • Some recipes call for baking soda – I omit this because my skin is sensitive

Mix all these ingredients up and store in glass or plastic containers.

To use:

Light loads I use about 2 TBSP and for larger or heavier loads I use 1/4 cup

If you don’t make your own soap, you can find natural soaps at your local Farmer’s market or Health Food Store

Washing Soda and Borax can be found at the local grocery store in the laundry section of the store.


Some interesting information (I like the history of things) from Wikipedia on Borax

Borax was discovered in Tibet in dry lake beds, it was imported to the Arabian Peninsula in the 8th Century AD. In the 19th Century is become common use when the Pacific Coast Bora Company began to market it under the name “20 Mule Team Borax trademark.” It was named this because the borax was originally hauled out of the California and Nevada deserts by Mule Team.

Borax helps remove stains.

Washing Soda

Washing Soda is also known as Soda Ash, natural deposits of soda ash were found in 1938 in Green River Wyoming, but a huge reserve that has produced two million tons is located in Turkey.

Soda Ash acts as a water softener and remove stains such as grease, oil and wine.

Liquid Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe

If you want to make liquid laundry soap here is a recipe In the years since being proactive with my skin problems and using and making natural products.  I use a 5 gallon bucket (Some of my soap oils come in 5 gallon buckets so many)

  • Use your grated soap ends ( or a bar of soap)
  • Water (approximately 4 gallons
  • 1 3/4 cups Borax
  • 1 3/4 cups Washing Soda

To dissolve the grated soap – put the soap in a pan and add a couple quarts of water and heat while stirring constantly until the soap is totally dissolved.

In the 5 gallon bucket – pour about 4 gallons of water in and add the Borax and Washing Soda – stirring to dissolve the powders.

Once the powders are dissolved add the soap water and stir really well.

Cover your mixture and leave for a day or so, after that stir the mixture up real good and pour into jugs or containers. (I leave mine in the 5 gallon pail and take my soap out of it, but if you don’t have room you may want to store the extra away.

I use about 3/4 cups for an average load of laundry. I would suggest probably about 1/2 cup for a smaller load and 1 cup for a large or real dirty load.

These recipes are a great way to save money. In the years since being proactive with my skin problems and using and making natural products. I have not had an excema outbreak in a very long time. not calculated it out, but I’m sure it is just pennies per load.

If you want Natural Laundry Detergent, but don’t want to make it here is a great one to buy
Nellie’s All Natural Laundry Soda, 3.3 lbs. (1)


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6 Responses to Handmade Laundry Soap Recipe

  1. Cliff says:

    This is a really cool article. Me and my wife have actually been interested in making homemade soap, because it is cost effective and we can try different types of fragrances. Thank you for this information, I didn’t realize it could be done this easily. I bet using baking soda will give that refreshing feeling as well.

    • Tes says:

      There is a great cost savings when making your own laundry soap for sure and fragrances you can add whatever you like, being that I make my own soap the soap scraps I use already have a scent to them so that slightly scents the laundry soap, however I do usually add a bit more.  The baking soda will soften the water as well as brighten your whites. 

  2. Rika says:

    Hi Tes,

    My niece suddenly developed a skin rash.  The strange thing it is only in the mornings.  She goes to bed fine, but in the mornings when she wakes up she’s got this red skin rash on her legs and arms.  It lasts for a couple of hours before it disappears.  Do you think it might be the laundry soap?

    I love the idea of making your own laundry soap, especially if the commercial laundry soaps causes skin irritations.  How much do you save making your own laundry soap?

    Thanks for sharing your laundry soap recipe with us! 

    • Tes says:

      It does sound like the laundry soap could be your nieces issue, but first I’ll have to ask you does she sleep with a cat or dog?  I’m asking this because my grandson had the same thing and we found that the cat was sleeping with him and he’s allergic to cat hair.

      I’m not sure what my total cost savings would be, but I’m pretty sure it cost me pennies rather than dollars for each load of laundry.

  3. Stacie says:

    I think this is a wonderful article! Using more natural products is the way to go when you have sensitive skin or a skin disorder like eczema. 

    I personally have sensitive skin, and I have to be very careful with perfumes, and dyes. These recipes offer a great alternative option, and for my lazy side you offer an all natural soap to buy as well! Thank you! How awesome! 

    I do have a suggestion for you to add to your bath soaps, it is all natural and should help your skin a lot! Hemp oil, it has so many benefits for the skin! It is a natural anti-inflammatory, and one heck of a moisturizer. I think you will appreciate this once you try it!

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