Years ago on one of the episodes of the Duggars they were making homemade laundry soap. I had always wanted to try it but they used the liquid version that was stored in two 5 gallon buckets. I did not have room for that so I never pursued making it.
I saw the powder version of this recipe recently from the following website DIYNatural. But there are several different websites that list the same recipe.
- 1 bar of shaved bar soap (Ivory, ZOTE, Fels-Naptha) you need approx 4.5 oz
- 1 cup of borax
- 1 cup of washing soda
Mix all ingredients and stir together for 5 minutes. I made 10 recipes (my friends know I never do a little of anything) the first time I made this and could not get the texture the way I wanted it so I put it into my Ninja. I also used 5 bars of Fels-Naptha and 5 bars of Ivory.
Each batch yields approximately 32 ounces (between 32-64 loads based on how many Tbsp used per load). I use 1 Tbsp for most loads. If the load is really dirty I will use 2 Tbsps.
This soap is the the most cost saving change I have made in my household routine.
RESULTS: I am very pleased with this soap. It makes everything smell great and I have had no problems with it cleaning. My son just came home with 4 loads of very stinky laundry and the clothes came out great. I used about 1/4 cup in each load, it needed it.
Update 2/28/14: I am still using this soap and I now use only Ivory. With 9 bars at 3.1 oz each I am able to make 6 batches.
HE front-load washers require special soap because they use less water so they require soap that makes less suds. This homemade detergent is very low suds.
This is also the best laundry soap to use with septic tanks because it contains zero sodium and zero fillers that cause commercial powder detergents to clog lines. It is also completely non-toxic so it will not harm necessary septic bacteria like toxic detergents.