Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap was one of the first things that I started making myself when I decided to become a homesteader. I liked knowing that it is EXTREMELY cheap to make and doesn’t contain any added syntheticc perfumes that make my clothes smell and my nose go crazy.
This recipe for homemade liquid laundry soap is great for both the traditional and energy efficient washing machines. As you can see from the pictures, I have tweaked the recipe until I found something that worked for me. That is the best thing about being a homesteader…you must be part mad-scientist when crafting homemade recipes. Try my recipe first, but if it doesn’t work for you, tweak it.
If you happen to prefer powdered laundry soap check out this link to a homemade recipe: Laundry Soap – Powder
Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap
- 1 cup Baking Soda
- 1 cup Super Washing Soda
- 1 cup Borax
- 1 bar Fels-Naptha, grated
- 1 cup Dr. Bronner’s liquid Castile Soap
In a large stockpot, dump in 1 gallon tap water and the grated Fels-Naptha. Warm the water until all the soap is melted (do not boil the soap mixture). Remove from heat and pour into a reused 5 gallon bucket. Fill half way with cool tap water. Add the baking soda, washing soda, borax and Dr. Bronner’s. Use a whisk to incorporate all ingredients. Fill bucket the remaining way with cold water. Allow to completely cool over night, whisk one more time. Viola, homemade liquid laundry soap in about 10 minutes. Use 1 cup laundry soap per load of laundry.
- 1 bar of Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap = $1.51 per 5.5 oz. bar = $.275 per ounce = $1.51
- 1 cup Baking Soda = $6.59 per 13.5lbs. = $.488 per pound = $0.315 per cup
- 1 cup Super Washing Soda = $9.06 for 55oz. = $.082 per oz = $.861 per cup
- 1 cup Borax Laundry Booster = $12.06 per 76oz. = $.159 per oz = $0.874 per cup
- 1 cup Dr. Bronner’s Castile Liquid Soap
= $9.79 per 40oz. = $.245 per oz = $1.96 per cup
Total: $5.52 per 5 gallons = $.069 cents per cup or 1 Load of Laundry