Homemade Laundry Soap

I’ve heard so many great things about this laundry soap recipe that I finally decided to give it a try.

It only takes 6 ingredients and goes together in less than 5 minutes. Here is what you’ll need.

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1 (3 lb) container of Oxi Clean

1 (4 lb 12 oz) box of 20 Mule Team Borax

1 (4 lb) box Arm and Hammer Pure Baking Soda

1 (3 lb 7 oz) box Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda

6 (5 1/2 oz) bars Fels-Naptha soap (You can also use Zote soap)

1 (55 oz) container of Purex Crystals

While I’m not a big fan of Wal-mart, or any big box store for that matter, I purchased all of the needed items in one place for less than $30.00.  This recipe is flexible and can easily be customized to fit your needs.  For instance, most of the recipes I found for this called for the large 55oz container of Purex Crystals.  I’m not big on fragrance in my cleaners so I used the smaller 28 oz bottle.  I used the “fresh spring waters” scent and my laundry has a nice light, clean scent coming out of the dryer.

My biggest concern making the soap was grating the Fels-Naptha.  I put it in the freezer overnight before shredding. My Kitchen Aid food processor shredded it without even hesitating. I dumped all the ingredients in the large Tupperware that I am going to store it in and gave it a mix.

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 I have a Maytag Neptune front load washer and I am using 2 tablespoons per load. I have tried it with more delicate clothes as well as on my husband’s heavily soiled work clothes and it works great!  This is the first time that I have made a DIY cleaner. With such great results, I’m excited to see what else I came whip up in my kitchen.  One product I am in love with is Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Lavender Countertop Spray!  So now I’m on the hunt for a recipe for something similar.  Any suggestions?

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