Monday, April 8, 2013

Homemade Laundry Soap with free printable label

If you are a regular follower you have learned a few things about us we love to save money and we HATE to throw things out. We can always envision another purpose for something. Between 3 kids, a coach for a husband, and football season starting back up ( really I don't think it ever ends) I am back to doing a redicoulous amount of laundry. I have seen several posts for homemade laundry soap. I could not get over how much more cost effective it was. I just couldn't jump on the bandwagon because I LOVE my Tide, clean and fresh smelling laundry. When I saw a post over at How Does She Do It? for homemade laundry soap that smelled great using Scentsy washer whiffs I was curious. I happened to be on my last scoops of laundry soap and didn't have time to order the Scentsy whiffs, but I managed to find some scent crystals and everything else minus the bucket at Walmart for $22.

So on a Friday night after a long day at work I went to work making my laundry soap. Who new making laundry soap could be so much fun and smell so good? It took me about 30 minutes to mix and most of that time was grating the Zote soap.
Recipe for the Most Amazing Homemade Laundry Soap
1 ( 4 lb 12 oz)Box of Borax
1 (3lb 7 oz)  Box of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 container of Oxyclean
4 (1 lb) boxes of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda (found in cooking aisle or you can grab a big bag at Costco.)
2 (14 oz) Bars of Zote soap (laundry aisle)
2 bottles of Purex Crystals Fabric Softner

1. Grate the soap with a cheese grater
2. Mix all the ingredients in the bucket. ( I divided mine into fourths and layered it to make it easier to mix)
3. Use 2-4 Tablespoons per laundry load.

The result an orange bucket that is 3/4 of the way full of AMAZING smelling laundry soap that works wonderfully.

Because of my little ones I store the huge bucket in the garage and I bought a cute container to keep in the laundry room. I included a label that you can print and mod podge onto your own jar. To download the label click here.  
Happy Washing!


  1. This soap is AMAZING!!!

  2. Thanks for the share! Going to try this...

  3. Glad you are loving it! My bucket has lasted until this week. I will be making a new batch this weekend - pretty AMAZING!

  4. How long does this last???

    1. My bucket just ran out and I made it in March. We are a family of five and my husband coaches football. I am doing a minimum of 4 loads a week. Next batch I am going to try and tally how many loads I get.

  5. This soap is great! I never have problems with it clumping and not dissolving properly in the wash. I made this last year and I am just about out now. This is with doing three loads of laundry twice a it lasts a long time!

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    1. Hi,
      I have a top loading machine that is energy efficient, but I am not sure if it can be used with front loaders. Sorry - I'm just not familiar with the front loaders. I will ask around and see if I know anyone that uses it with theirs.

  7. I have used a recipe very similar to this with our HE front loader and have had no problems. I use 1 to 2 Tablespoons per load.

  8. I have a HE washer do you put it in the drum or in the soap dispensor?

  9. I've been using this in my front load HE washer for 6 months on a septic tank and haven't had any problems.

    1. So exciting to hear that you are able to use with a HE washer. I have readers asking if you put it in the drum or in the soap dispenser?

  10. I'm just curious if it washes as well as tide and does not fade the clothes?? I'm so interested in trying this but I'm worried it won't work as well as tide. Thank you!

  11. I've tried several different versions of homemade laundry soap, and this one is by far our favorite. They have all worked well but this one is the easiest,and works amazing! I used to use Tide, and I will never go back! (It's SO pricey and it doesnt smell quite as good as this, IMO!) We do use this in our front loading HE washing machine, and we put it in the normal dispenser for detergent. Others we have tried said we must put laundry soap in the drum with the clothes, so we didn't like those much. Another liquid one we used kept separating in the large bucket it was made it, so we had to stir this huge 5 gallon bucket every time just to use it. And both of those didn't even have the Purex laundry crystals to make it smell amazing, or the Oxy Clean, for just a little extra OOMPH during washing.

    Good luck all if you try it!