By Pepper Monkey on January 10, 2005
Photo by Mrs. DeVelopment
Photo by Mrs. DeVelopment
"This is an easy and frugal way to make your own laundry soap. Try making your own scents using different scented soaps! This recipe orignally calls for fels naptha soap which you can find at your local walmart or major grocery stores. But I found just about any good soap will work just as well!"
Serving Size: 1 (51 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"Used this with cold water in my front loader machine and loved the fresh smell. After some figuring, one batch (about 27 loads of laundry) costs me $1.81, which comes out to 6.7 cents per load. What a savings! Thank you for helping us thru these hard times with this "recipe"! P.S. If you put the Felz Naptha bar soap in the microwave at 30 second intervals for about 2.5 minutes, and then let it cool for 2 or 3 days (to sort of dry out) you don't have to grate the bar, you can crumble it in your hands. Weird, but it works!"
"Outstanding & Smells GREAT! INFO. WHICH OTHERS MAY FIND HELPFUL: Fels Naptha Soap is most commonly found in drug and grocery stores in the laundry section. Trouble locating A&H Washing Soda? Try calling them 800-524-1328. Washing Soda is NOT Baking Soda. Washing Soda is Pure Sodium Carbonate. Which is also found in pool supplies try 'PH UP' or Oxiclean which contains Sodium Carbonate and one other ingredient."
"This is a great recipe, second time I've used it. This time, I took the advice from "MommaEllen" and microwaved a bar on a microwave safe pie plate for about 1-1/2 minutes, until it looks like a "puffball". I simply let it cool for a few minutes, put it in a gallon sized ziploc baggie, and it does fall and crumble right apart with very little effort. I did 3 batches, and now have enough soap for at least 3 months! Thank You for posting!"
"I've been using this for probably 8 or 9 months now and I absolutely love it. The clothes are naturally soft and I haven't had a problem with static. I've quit using commercial fabric softener and now use only whie vinegar. Thanks for sharing."
"This powdered soap is wonderful. My laundry smells fresh instead of saturated with cheap commercial fragrance. I cannot believe how effective it is; I too use the Fels Naptha as a pretreat on stains. And I especially love not having to lug those huge plastic OVER-PRICED containers of Tide anymore! Thanks so much to all who shared their information/experience."
"Same recipe I have used for years. Was difficult at first to find the washing soda- baking soda does NOT clean the same. Arm & Hammer WASHING SODA- same yellow box as baking soda but the size of a cereal box- can be found in the south (US) in HEB and Kroger grocery stores. Other soap brands that work well are ZOTE- I think it is from Mexico- and Ivory works ok but you need 2 bars instead of 1 since they are smaller. Hope this helps! "
"I have used this recipe before I saw this here at RecipeZaar. It is really good. Though I think you need to use fels naptha if you want it to be low suds."
"Love it! I doubled the washing soda because of our hard water. I used Phels Napa (which I have used for years on stains) and borax. I used to use 1 scoop of Oxy-Clean in every load. I don't anymore. This stuff is great. I tried blending it up a bit, but it made the particles too powdery and airborne. Thank you so much!"
"What a perfect way to use up home soap mistakes! I've done just that with a batch of soap containing too much lye. Using this soap and white vinegar in place of a fabric softener, our clothes come out sparkling (even with well water). Thank you for posting!"
"Thank you for submitting this great "recipe"! I was unable to find Fels naptha soap so I used a bar of Sunlight pure soap, which has a nice lemony scent. I did not bother adding any essential oils, as it smelled fine the way it was. One bar of the Sunlight soap, grated, is enough for 2 1/2 batches of detergent, so I make it up one bar at a time, so to speak. I have found that this laundry detergent gets my clothes just as clean as the expensive brands and I can make it much more inexpensively."
"This is a great Laundry Soap! My husband plays quite a few sports and this soap leaves his uniforms smelling fresh and not "girlie" Awesome money saver too =)"
"Did laundry today with this and have to say what a great cleaner this is! Cost effective and good for the environment too. Thanks for posting!"
"Made this a few times now and I really like it. I prefer this formula to the liquid one, this is much quicker and easier, and the granules always dissolve...which was a huge complaint I had with powered commercial/brand name soaps. I still use fabric softener. The soaps are very cheap in my area (SE Michigan), so this is very economical for us. I also combine all ingredients in my blender and give it a few whirls to make sure it is very fine particles. I store mine in a spaghetti sauce jar and give it a shake before I add it to the washer. I use 2 tbls per load. Thank you for posting this great recipe!"
"I have found this to be really great although a little expensive to make. The only borax I could find was at my chemist and it was $11.50 NZ for100g (1/2cup). I doubled the amount of washing soda as we have hard water. I used "Pure" washing soap, a yellow bar soap made in Australia. Next time I will try "Sunlight" a pure yellow soap made here in NZ. I am now on the lookout for a cheaper source of the Borax . A real keeper for us. :) One thing I do is dissolve as much as possible the mix in hot water before adding to my machine. Thanks :)"
"Awesome! DH is sensitive to any sort of additives to my laundry routine. I was desparate and tried this recipe. Had to order the soap on line, but found out that WallyMart and our local commissary carried the borax and washing soda. Washed our our dogs bedding in it and they came out so clean and sweet smelling. You are so on to something...thanks for sharing!"
"Thanks so much! I have been looking for a powdered laundry soap recipe, but all I have been able to find until now were the liquid ones. Powder is so much better to make and store in our small apartment. I used this the other day, and am impressed. I all ready had all the ingredients on hand, so it only took a minute to throw together!"
"I haven't finished a load of laundry yet, so I can't rate the effectiveness, but it was easy and I eager to see the results. I used one bar of Zote, and I made 5 batches. It filled up the equivalent of salsa jar and a deep square ziplock storage container. After I grated the soap and added the soda and borax, I used my blender to mix it up to ensure even distribution of the ingredients."
"Have been using this for probably about 6 months now. It has worked wonders for my 4 year old son, he used to have rashes on his legs, ever since I've been washing his clothes in this and using vinegar in the rinsewater his rash has cleared right up. Thanks!"
"This is great! I couldn't find Fels naptha, so I used Zote. I also added lavender oil (I made my own instead of buying lavender laundry soap from frenchgeneral.com!). :)Thanks!!!!"