Oooooooh yes, I went there.
How many of you have pinned an image of homemade laundry soap? Yeah… that’s what I thought. Basically everyone! Well, I pinned several, read a gazillion blog posts about it, and Googled the crap out of anything and everything to do with good-smelling homemade laundry soap (because the #1 complaint was that Fels Naptha and Ivory don’t exactly smell great).
So why did I do this? Several reasons:
- I was curious. What’s the hype all about?
- I wanted to save some $ and not have to buy laundry detergent all the time.
- I love the idea of using more natural ingredients and being able to choose them myself!
- I honestly just needed to know if this stuff was as bad or as good as people say because there are SO many mixed reviews!
How to make your own laundry soap
Let’s start with the ingredients. I picked my own from several recipes that I saw, and some examples are from Happy Money Saver, Liz Marie Blog and reading the comments on SOOOOO MANY posts like this one from TipNut, which has 10 recipes.
- Washing Soda
- Baking Soda
- Oxi Clean
- 2 Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap
I did also get Downy Unstopables, which was in SO many recipes for the scent factor, but the castile soap smelled so delicious, I didn’t even feel like I needed anything else for scent. Overall, all of the ingredients cost between $25-30, and I made a bucket load of it! I did not use all of the Borax or the washing soda – I used 3/4 of each box. I would have used all of it had I bought another bar of soap and more Oxiclean, but I didn’t want to make too much soap in case I hated it!
I love the soap and should have used up all of the boxes because it is UH-MAY-ZIIIING! In order to use all of the ingredients and not have any leftover in the boxes, here’s an exact measurement of how much you’ll need:1 full 3 Kg box of washing soda 1 full 2 Kg box of Borax 1 full 500 g box of baking soda 3 bars of castile soap 1.36 Kg container of Oxi Clean *This means spending about $5-10 more on ingredients, but because you’re getting more soap the cost per load ($.25/tablespoon) remains the same!
I thought I would need a grater, but the soap fell apart when I used the knife to cut it into smaller pieces. It was totally a trial and error thing, and to be honest I was not looking forward to grating soap because it’s another thing people really complain about! I was happy to be able to cut into it and throw it into the food processor.
I mixed everything together slowly, meaning I used small amounts of each ingredient, mixed, added more, mixed, and so on. I used an old paint stir stick to mix it all together, which worked really well (though I had to be careful not to poke holes into the plastic bag). After that, it was just a matter of scooping it all into a smaller container (which I purchased at HomeSense for $5) to leave in the laundry room…
How much do I have left over? Enough to fill this container 3 more times! And with a bit more Oxiclean and another bar of soap, I have even more! I used an antique measuring spoon in my container and I love the look of it! My laundry room is not pretty, but my soap is!
Review of homemade laundry soap
I LOVE IT!
We have had no issues with it at all. The soap dissolves perfectly in the washing machine – just put the soap in and allow it to dissolve slightly before adding clothes. This is VERY fast and honestly, sometimes I forget to do it! Ours is a top-loading machine, but after all of the reviews and comments I read, I can safely tell you that it can be used with HE machines, it just needs to be put right into the machine rather than in the dispenser cup.
It smells heavenly, though the lavender smell does not stay on the clothes. The good news is, our clothes don’t smell like anything other than clean! There’s a hint of lavender on them, but it’s barely noticeable.
I only use the 1 tablespoon at a time, which is perfect since that’s the size of the measuring spoon in my container. For bed sheets, towels and anything heavily soiled I may use 2, but for regular laundry just 1 is more than enough.
I would love love love to hear what you have to say about this if you have had your own experience with it because it’s definitely one of those topics I just can’t hear enough about! Oh and if you have questions about any steps I took, or if something is unclear, please ask away!
I am so excited I took the plunge and made my own laundry soap. It was so worth the 30 minutes and $30 dollars to have enough soap to last me for months and that smells better than any other laundry detergent from a store! As usual, I will leave you with an easy pinnable image!
Doing laundry just got a little tiny bit less torturous!