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    Economical Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

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    35 mins

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    25 mins

    Kim D.'s Note:

    This homemade laundry soap can really help save money, plus it seems to work as well as the store bought soap. It cost about .30 cents per gallon to make! Prep time does not include letting the mixture set for 24 hours. NOTE I still use Downy in my Downy Ball to make my clothes soft!

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    • 6 cups water
    • 1/3 bar fels naptha laundry detergent, grated
    • 1/2 cup arm & hammer super washing soda laundry detergent, booster (NOT baking soda!)
    • 1/2 cup 20-mule team borax laundry detergent
    • 1 quart hot water
    • hot water


    1. 1
      Fill a saucepan with 6 cups water and add grated Fels Naptha soap.
    2. 2
      Heat on low until soap is dissolved.
    3. 3
      Stir in Washing soda and borax.
    4. 4
      Stir until thickened, and remove from heat.
    5. 5
      Add 1 quart hot water to 2 gallon bucket.
    6. 6
      Add soap mixture, and mix well.
    7. 7
      Fill bucket with hot water, and mix well.
    8. 8
      Set aside for 24 hours.
    9. 9
      Don't forget to cover the bucket to keep small children and pets out.
    10. 10
      Mixture will thicken and gel.
    11. 11
      Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load.
    12. 12
      If clothes are heavily soiled, use 1 cup of the mixture per load.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 06, 2010


      I love this, it has a fresh clean smell, never any problem with it, gets my clothes sooooo clean!

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    • on December 03, 2009


      I use a recipe similar to this I found online. The recipe I use calls for exact measurements of water and it yields 2 gallons. Other than the water amounts the rest of ingredients are the same. Yes, it is supposed to be a gel like substance. It helps to stir or shake before each use. We have a front loader that uses conserves water and I have had no trouble using this soap on anything. At first I worried the fels naptha would be too strong for my toddler but it's fine. It gets your clothes super clean without leaving any residue behind. I have used a downy ball with white vinegar in the rinse but found it wasn't necessary. I've given this laundry soap to friends and all have raved over it and ask for the recipe. As much laundry as I do, it costs pennies a load now. I've been making my own laundry soap since spring 2009.

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    • on August 19, 2009


      I have been using a version of this for at least 2 years, not sure how long exactly. I love it. It's very easy to make, I make about 3 gallons at a time. I think i gets clothes just as clean as commercial laundry detergent and i do not miss the fragrance. You can always add your own if you like the smelly stuff but I don't personally like it. It's a great recipe and it's cheap. It's also great for sensitive skin.

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    Nutritional Facts for Economical Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

    Serving Size: 1 (2370 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 0.0
    Calories from Fat 0
    Total Fat 0.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 23.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 0.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 0.0 g

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