Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe shared by Joyful Noise Acres Farm

At Joyful Noise Acres Farm, we are always looking for easy ways to save money and reduce chemical usage. Working outside with chickens can get a little messy at times so with the rise in costs of laundry soap, I went looking for an alternative. I found a simple recipe to make our own laundry soap for around $2.00 for 10 gallons – yes, you read that right, $2 for 10 gallons of soap.

Laundry Soap Recipe
 1 bar of Fels Naptha Soap
 Washing soda (Arm and Hammer)
 Borax (20 Mule Team)

5 gallon bucket and lid

Grate the bar of soap and put grated soap into a pan of hot tap water and put it on the stove. Turn on medium and stir until it is completely dissolved, using a wooden spoon. This only takes a few minutes.

Get a bucket and add ½ cup of Borax (I use 1 cup) and 1 cup of Washing Soda, then pour the dissolved bar soap and water into the bucket. Stir carefully, the water is hot. Now is a good time to move the bucket to a location where you can get hot tap water, like the bathtub or near your kitchen sink.

Fill the bucket half full and stir again until completely dissolved. Fill bucket nearly full with hot water.

Put a lid on the bucket, any lid and bucket will do.  Let sit for 24 hours.

The next day it will look like a gooey gel. Stir it then pour into containers such as empty laundry jugs or empty milk gallon jugs. Fill half full with homemade soap and half full of water and shake until dissolved.
We have a front loader machine and use a ½ cup for very dirty laundry.
I pour my concentrate into empty milk jugs then add the water as needed.

You can add essential oils to give it a scent but I have not noticed it carrying over onto our clothes.

Hope this blesses your home!

Powdered detergent option: grate the soap and stir the borax and washing soda in until very well mixed. Store in a sealed container. You then can use 2 tablespoons per load of laundry.

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