Monday, September 17, 2012

9 Months of Laundry Soap? Yes, Please!

So I've been noticing all the pins on Pinterest for homemade laundry soap and after my friend and bridesmaid, Megan said it was amazing, I went out and bought the ingredients to make it. She said she added the Downy Unstopables to make it smell even better and have the fabric softener. Here is what I used tonight to make it... it took me a little over an hour to make it because I kept running in the living room to watch the CMA's.
homemade laundry powder soap


  • A mop bucket or large container
  • Plastic bag to line the bucket
  • Grader
  • 4lb box of Borax (12 oz)
  • 4 lbs of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  • Oxi Clean 4lbs (I bought the 5lb tub and have 1 lb left over)
  • 3lb 7 oz box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
  • 3 bars of Fels-Naptha
  • 2 (13.2 oz) containers of Downy Unstopables (I used Fresh Scent-teal lid)
I found everything in the laundry section except the baking soda, I had to go to the baking aisle for that and bought 2 2lb boxes
Line your bucket with plastic bag

Open up the Fels-Naptha bars and grate them in a large bowl, it will look like shredded cheese. I cut them in half to grate easier, note to self buy a grater. I had to use the grater on my salad spinner :) Don't even bother trying a blender FAIL! I saw some people used food processors to grate the Fels-Naptha, but I don't have one of those.

Layer all ingredients in the bucket and mix as you go. This helped keep the ingredients proportioned properly. (I used one container of Downy Unstopables during this first mix)

I bought the large apothecary jar at Walmart for $10 and a 2 tablespoon coffee scoop for $1.67, however you could use the cap from the Downy Unstopables.

I mixed and transferred the mix from the bucket into my jar, I added my second container of Downy Unstopables as it went into to the jar.

They say you only need to use 2 tablespoons per load. We went with 4 tablespoons to be on the safe and clean side.

Here is my final product, I had chalk and chalk labels left over from the wedding so I added it to the front and wrote Soap on it. Jeff is in there doing laundry now...yes, my husband does laundry! I'm a lucky lady ;) I'll let you know how it works!

Cost from Walmart:
  • Borax $3.38
  • Arm & Hammer Baking Soda $2.48
  • Oxi Clean $9.47
  • Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda $3.24
  • Fels-Naptha (3 bars @ .97 each) $2.91
  • 2 Downy Unstopables ($6.97 each) $13.94
  • Total Cost without coupons: $35.42
make your own laundry soap

*UPDATE- We have been using it and actually used 2 scoops (4 tbs) because we weren't sure the 2 tbs would cut it and I must admit the laundry smells really good and looks the same as it did before when we did laundry...clean! The fresh smell actually went through our house and it was like an instant air freshener. I think we will be doing laundry a lot to keep our house smelling so fresh and good. Happy Laundry Day!