Laundry Soap Inexpensive

Recipe by Crochetgurl
READY IN: 35mins
YIELD: 256 ounces


  • 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


  • Grate soap in food processor or use a cheese grater.
  • Melt soap in 4 cups of water on the stove on medium heat.Do not boil.
  • Add borax and washing soda.
  • Stir until dissolved.
  • Add fragrance.
  • Pour mixture into a 3-5 gallon bucket or big anamel pot and add the rest of the water. Stir.
  • Let it set overnight and it will gel.
  • Pour into empty detergent bottles or store in covered bucket.
  • 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.
  • 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.