Laundry Soap

First off I want to say a huge Thank you to all who have featured my things this last week. And to any of you who are visiting from different sites WELCOME!

Now on to the post.

I didn’t know what to write about today. So I thought that I would share with you what I did today. Today was laundry day. Well I ran out of Laundry Soap so I had to make more. That’s right I am one of the crazy lady’s who makes their own laundry soap. I have to tell you that when I first heard of making laundry soap I thought it was crazy. I remember thinking that I didn’t ever think that I would be at a point in my life that I would rather make laundry soap than just go buy it. Never say never because I am loving making laundry soap! I know crazy. I thought I would show you all how I make it. It is so simple. I found some recipes on line and then, as usual, I changed them into something I would like.

What you will need. *Full recipe at the bottom of post*

Borax, Super Washing Soda, Zote bar,  Fels-Naptha bar.  I forgot to take the photo before I open the Fels-Naptha bar.

Now this makes a big batch of soap.  It it a double batch of the main recipe I used.  The reason I do it this way is because I wanted both of the soaps.  The Fels-Naptha  is a heavy duty cleaner and the Zote is a whitening soap I wanted both.

Put your Borax and Washing Soda in a bowl together. Then cut up your soap.

Put a little of your Borax Washing Soda mixture and put it in your food processor then put in most of your Fels-Naptha bar.  Grind this up.  It doesn’t have to be to fine at this point.  Dump that out into a bowl.

Then cut up your Zote.  Put a small amount of your ground up mixture in the foodprossor and 4 or 5 pieces of Zote.  It works best to it like this because the Zote is very soft.  Add a few pieces at a time until you have all of the Zote ground up.

The soap in the white bowl is the first run thought the food processor.  The clear bowl is after the second run though.  It is much finer.  I like to run mine though 3 times.  You don’t have to I just think it dissolves better.

* If you don’t have a food processor you can grate your soap with a grater.  It won’t be as fine but will still work.*

All the is left to do it put it in a cute container.

I actually have one this time.  I scored this jar at a yard sale for .75 cents!!  I put the words laundry soap, and the flower decal on.  I was storing it in a Tupperware dish unlabeled until one of my kiddos friends was over and asked if he could have some thinking it was a powdered drink. We had to change that!
The Recipe:
1 Fels-Naptha bar
1 Zote bar
2 cups Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (do not use regular baking soda!)
1 cup Borax
Mix together as shown above. For a light load use 1TBS for a heavy load use 2 TBS. Yield 20-30 loads. *If you wanted to make a smaller batch use only one bar of soap and cut your washing soda and borax in half.*
I hope you will give it a try. We think it works very well. I like it better that the laundry soap that we used to buy!
Thanks for hangin’ out.

*Note. I have gotten some e-mails wondering the price of a batch of laundry soap the way I make it.  It comes to $3.45 for one 20-30 load batch of laundry soap.  That breaks down to $.12 per load of laundry. I am able to find all of my supply’s at the local Wal-Mart or Grocery store.  If you are having a hard time finding all the supply’s Amazon is a great place to look.*

*Note. I have a top load washer.  I am not sure how this soap does in a HE/front load washer.  Here is a link for a liquid soap that is supposted to be safe for both top and front load washers.
 Liquid Laundry Soap for Front and Top Load Washers. *

I hope this helps with any questions.  If you have a question leave it in the comments and I will do my very best to answer it.


  1. I like to make homemade cleaners (mostly just vinegar and baking soda combos) but would never have thought to make my own laundry soap. Hmmm,….might be something to try. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Isn’t nice to be able to save $$ & have something that really works?!? Actually, regular baking soda is perfectly fine to use…I’ve been making my own laundry detergent for over a year now. Some people can’t get their hands on laundry wash(aka soda ash) – you CAN MAKE IT though…by microwaving your baking soda & cooking it into ash.


  3. Thank you so much for the info Nora!

  4. awesome!! does it save money? i have always wanted to try that…i will have to pin this!!

  5. I am really thinking about trying this one out! Thanks for sharing this! I am a new follower!

  6. visiting from Craft Junkie Too and wow..I never thought to make my own! Very cost effective but how does it work on kids with sensitive skin?!

  7. Do you use a high efficiency washer…I am just wondering if it is okay to use with these! 🙂

  8. Well I think I will be trying this very soon!

    Thanks for sharing this “recipe”.

    I have a new party the BUNNY HOP on Wednesdays and you are invited 🙂

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Bunny Jean’s Decor and More! (my main blog)

  9. Wow! This is a fabulous post and I love that you use your food processor, I always dreaded the thought of grating up the soap. I think you’ve convinced me to give it a try. I do have a HE washer, so will need to research if I can use this in it. I sure hope so! Thank you for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday!


  10. Visiting from At the Picket Fence. Man I just texted this blog URL to everyone I know. What a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing!


  11. I don’t have a food processor but use a hand crank cheese grater like they use at olive garden to grate my soap. I scored it at a garage sale for a quarter and now the kids love to help grind the soap.

  12. Thanks!! I do this recipe, but have never used Zote with it and use less arm n hammer. I think I really need this recipe. I have also grated my soap and never food processed it! I’m so excited to try that!!!

  13. I just made this today, but got the recipe from someone else and it didn’t call for Zote (although I do use it to wash my infant’s poopy clothes but just wash by hand). Have you tried separating the batches into one for colors with just Fels-Naptha and one with Zote for whites? Since I already made a batch without the Zote I thought about making one with just Zote and without the Fels-Naptha soap – do you think it would work for whites or do you think I’d still need the FN soap? Thanks!

  14. Judi Spinetti says:

    I made and use your recipe !! Love how it smells and cleans so great.
    Thank you so much for the recipe!!
    P.S All the ingredients are made in the U.S.A.!! So important in this day and age !! Love that!

  15. This is wonderful! Because the Zote is used for whitening, does it fade darks?

    • I haven’t noticed that it fades my dark colors. However if it a concern for you or if you notice that it does fade your colors, you could easily use only the Fels-Naptha in your laundry soap.

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