Doing laundry is one of those facts of life for any family. Technology has sure made laundry easier to handle compared to the days of old where you’d have to physically scrub your clothes on a washboard. Not that using a washboard is wrong; some experts say that using a washboard remains superior to using modern washing machines.
Either way, soap must be used in order to properly clean your clothes. Families can spend a lot of money each year for a typical brand of laundry soap, especially larger families like mine.
For years, we have been making our own laundry soap which has saved us a ton of money! We once calculated the cost of this laundry soap at less than $0.02 per load, compared to $0.19+/- a load for a name brand laundry soap. If that sounds interesting to you, feel free to use our easy DIY laundry soap-making steps below for your family!
DIY Laundry Soap Concentrate Ingredients
- 1 bar of Fels-Naptha soap Product Webpage
- 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda Product Webpage
- 1/2 cup of Borax Product Webpage
- 4 cups of hot water
Step 1: Grate bar of soap (easier to melt).
Step 2: Dissolve soap with 4 cups of hot water over heat.
Step 3: After the soap has completely melted, remove from heat.
Final Steps: Pour the soap/water mixture, washing soda, and Borax into a 5-gallon bucket that already contains 2 1/2 gallons of water. Then add the remaining 2 gallons of water and mix thoroughly. For best results, let your 5-gallon bucket of laundry soap concentrate cure for 24 hours.
For easy use, you’ll want to fill a container (use a funnel!) with half water/half soap concentrate. We reuse an old plastic laundry soap container, as it already contains an easy-pour spout. We don’t recommend using a milk jug because if you puncture that thinner plastic, you’ll have a soapy mess that is not fun to clean up. You can use glass but you definitely don’t want to drop it! Please keep your bucket and container of laundry soap out of the reach of children!
Making your own laundry soap is easy, frugal, and a rewarding DIY project. It also helps the environment since you’re not tossing out laundry soap containers that you regularly buy at the store.