Saturday, February 16, 2013

Laundry Soap - Take 2...

I have been making liquid laundry soap for almost a year now and I really like it. I takes about 30 minutes to make and then you let it sit for 24 hours to gel-up before it can be used.

But, I wanted something easier and making the powder version is.

First, I grated one bar of Fels-Naptha soap. I used a large zester, which is a really fine grater, to do this.

I worked great. It made a very fine shred which was easy to mix with the powder ingredients.

Then I added one cup each of Borax, washing soda and baking soda.

After breaking up the larger chunks of Borax and washing soda with my hands, I mixed it together really good.

I'm storing it in a Mason jar. Just two tablespoons for a large dirty load or one tablespoon for a smaller load. This recipe should be good for about 30 loads of laundry.

I'm on my second weekend of laundry using it and I am very happy with it. 



  1. Cool, i am experimenting with soap nuts at the moment, they also seem pretty good. And should last about 3-4 months and cost £6. Sarah x

  2. In the UK it seems really hard to buy things like borax and laundry soap bars. Even getting washing soda etc is almost impossiblible. I am interested to know if the soap nuts work because they are really environmentally sound. Lily. xxx

    1. I looked at the soap nuts online and they look very interesting. It would be great to try them...

  3. I make this same laundry soap mix! It works great and you only need a little bit.
    Borax is my new go-to cleaning ingredient for the kitchen and bathroom. There is something very satisfying about cleaning your house and laundry this way, instead of using commercial cleaners with all their extra added ingredients. And it's cheaper too!

    1. Hi Lynne. I am happy to hear you use this too. I have been really happy with the powder because it takes less time to make and takes up less space.
      I have tried using baking soda to clean the stovetop, I will have to try the Borax.
      You're right, I love being able to make my own cleaning supplies and the money I save because of it is an added bonus...


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