Total Time
35mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins

An inexpensive laundry soap that works well. Zote is only 99 cents for 14 oz at my Walmart so its a really cheap recipe for me. They do not sell washing soda so I bought Ph+ for pools, which is 100% sodium carbonate the same as washing soda. Baking soda is not the same.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup washing soda
  • 12 cup borax
  • 2 ounces fels-naptha bath soap (or zote)
  • 1 teaspoon essential oil, of you choice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 gallon water
  • 3 quarts water

Directions

  1. Grate soap in food processor or use a cheese grater.
  2. Melt soap in 4 cups of water on the stove on medium heat.Do not boil.
  3. Add borax and washing soda.
  4. Stir until dissolved.
  5. Add fragrance.
  6. Pour mixture into a 3-5 gallon bucket or big anamel pot and add the rest of the water. Stir.
  7. Let it set overnight and it will gel.
  8. Pour into empty detergent bottles or store in covered bucket.
  9. Shake or stir before using. Use 1/4 cup per normal load of laundry. Use 1/2-1 cup for mens work clothes or socks.
  10. Once you have the ingredients, one box of Borax will make about 38 gallons of Laundry soap, each bar of Zote will make 14 gallons, and a 4 lb bottle of sodium carbonate makes 32 gallons. It cost me $14.72 to begin with [including 5 bars of Zote]. Because of the amount that each ingredient is sold in, I can make atleast 32 gallons of laundry soap which means 2048 loads of laundry for $14.72. Thats about 4 years worth for my family of 5 people.
Most Helpful

5 5

This is almost exactly like the recipe I make. It is wonder! Sometimes I do not even put in the essential oil and it still smells good. I did add a 1/2 cup of powder oxy wash to my recipe. This laundry recipe does take a bit of work, but well, well worth it.

The first time I made this laundry detergent was 2 1/2 years ago and I did not spend more then $20. I am still using the original supplies I bought the 1st time. By the looks of it I have at least 2 more years of supplies left. The nice thing about this recipe is it is also safe to use on the new HE washers. I have been using it on mine for over a year.

4 5

While it was pretty simple to make this detergent, by the time I bought all the ingredients it was pretty expensive to make this soap. It does give you a nice base to design your own soap.