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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Homemade Laundry Soap Recipes

 Did you know that MOST commercial laundry detergents contain petroleum-based oil AND potentially harmful chemicals? If every home is the United states replaced just one 100-ounce bottle of petroleum-based liquid laundry detergent with a vegetable-based laundry product, we could save a whopping 460,000 barrels of oil a year! 

Recipe #1

Liquid Detergent

  •   3 Pints Water
  •   1/3 Bar Fels Naptha Soap, Grated 
  •   1/2 Cup Washing Soda 
  •   1/2 Cup Borax 
  •   2 Gallon Bucket 
  •   1 Quart Hot Water
  •   Hot Water
  •   Essential oils are optional

Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints of water, and heat on low until dissolved. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat. 

Add 1 Quart Hot Water to 2 Gallon Bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Fill bucket with hot water, and mix well. 

Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load. 

Recipe #2

This Homemade Laundry Detergent is a variation of the above recipe with Glycerin

  •   1 Cup Grated Fels Naptha Soap
  •   1/2 Cup Washing Soda
  •   1/2 Cup Borax
  •   2 Tablespoons Glycerin
  •   2 Gallons Water (NOTE: This recipe originally called for 2 Cups Water)

Mix all three ingredients together. Add glycerin and water.
Use 1/2 - 3/4 cup per load. Best when used with cold or warm water.


 Recipe #3

This Homemade Laundry Detergent receipe is to make the laundry detergent in bulk. Bookmark this page for your reference and share these recipes to your friends.

  •  Water
  •  1 Bar Fels Naptha Soap, Grated
  •   5 Gallon Bucket 
  •   1 Cup Washing Soda
  •   4 1/2 Gallons Water
  •   Essential oils are optional 

Place grated soap in a small saucepan and cover with water. Heat on low until dissolved. Fill bucket with hot water, and add soap.

Stir to combine. Add 1 cup washing soda and mix well. As it cools it will thicken. May be used immediately. Use 1-2 cups per load.


 Recipe # 4

 Powdered Detergent

If you would like to use Powdered Laundry detergents, then the recipe is available to use washing soda.

  •  1 Cup Grated Fels Naptha Soap
  •  1/2 Cup Washing Soda
  •  1/2 Cup Borax
  •  Essential oils are optional 

For light load, use 1 tablespoon.
For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 tablespoons.


I found these I have been wanting to try homemade soap have not ran out of my store bought soap yet... Thanks again!! 

Here are some Eco-friendly detergents you can pick up in your local Natural Food store.
Ecover,Mrs. Meyers Clean Day and Seventh Generation. 

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