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One of the many ways I save money on the homestead is with this DIY Laundry Soap.


I have been making my own laundry soap for awhile now and I must say I have probably tried every recipe out there.


I have been using the recipe below and it seems to have the best scent and cleans the best so far.


This recipe is for powered soap, which I think after all my trial and error seems to work better. I also don’t seem to go through the powder as quickly as I do the liquid. You can find the original recipe I used at Joyful Mammas Kitchen.



DIY Laundry Soap



Soap Alternatives



There are many variations to the recipe below. Depending on your personal preferences there are many ways you can adapt this recipe.


I know that some people do not care to use Borax in their laundry soap. I have added a note that you can replace the borax with 4 bars of Castille Soap.


Also, while I prefer Zote soap, you can replace the Zote soap with Fels-Naptha, or any soap of your choice.



Softener Alternatives



I like the Purex Crystals Fabric softener added to my laundry soap, however, some people would rather use a more natural softener.


If you wish to replace the Purex Crystals, here is another more natural option.


Combine the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups of white vinegar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/8 cup of vegetable glycerin
  • 10-20 drops of an essential oil (your choice)


Mix all the ingredients into an “easy to pour” bottle. Simply add to the rinse cycle.


If your washer does not have a compartment for softener you can add some of this mix to a downy ball which will automatically release during the rinse cycle.


If you wish to make homemade dryer sheets you can simply soak 5″ x 6″ pieces of 100% cotton in this mixture and use in the dryer. Old t-shirts work well for this.



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Let me know if you try this recipe and your thoughts on it in the comments below.



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DIY Laundry Soap
A simple to make DIY laundry soap that lasts up to a year and saves a ton of money.
diy laundry Soap
Prep Time 30 minutes
years worth
Prep Time 30 minutes
years worth
diy laundry Soap
  1. Grate bars of soap or simply chop up and microwave for one minute.
    microwaved soap
  2. Mix the remaining ingredients into a 5 gallon bucket with a tight fitting lid.
    mixed laundry soap
  3. Use 2 to 3 tablespons per load to wash.
Recipe Notes

Special notes and hints:

By chopping up the bars of soap and placing them in the microwave, the soap dries out and can simply be crumbled up by hand.


This laundry soap is safe for all washers that allow for powdered soap. I add my soap to the top of my clothes and have had no problems with any leftover residue or soap not dissolving.


I add the oxy-clean because it helps with the washing process. I have very crappy well water here. Oxy-clean is optional.


For you Scentsy users, you can replace the Purex Crystals with the Washer Whiffs of your choice.


I do 3 to 4 loads of laundry per week. This bucket lasts me about one year.


When mixing all of the ingredients, layer a small amount of each one until all the ingredients are in the bucket. This makes it easier to mix at the end.


You can roll the bucket with a tight fitting lid to mix all the ingredients also.

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