How to Make Homemade Laundry Soap

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Laundry detergent is one of the most uselessly expensive things on the market. Okay, well, it’s not useless. We need clean clothes, and we need them really clean. They need to smell and look like we just bought them from the store, all the time. Expensive laundry detergents that do the job are just something that we’re going to have to deal with. Or is it?

What if I told you that there was a way to make laundry detergent at home? What if I told you that it was both cheaper, and better than the stuff that you can get at the store? You’re probably making a face at the screen, shaking your head in disbelief. But, according to, it’s true. We have the recipe for you right here as well.

To start this off, you’re going to need:

  • 1 box Borax (4 lb, 12 oz)
  • 1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (3 lb, 7 oz)
  • 1 container OxyClean (3 lb)
  • 2 bars of Zote Soap (14.1 oz)
  • 1 box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (4 lb)
  • 1-2 bottles Purex Crystals Fabric Softener (55 oz)

Before anything else, you want to make sure that you have a large enough bucket to keep and mix all of this in. We recommend, just from looking at all of the ingredients, at least a three or five gallon bucket – just to be on the safe side.

From there, you want to grate the Zote Soap. You can do this with a food processor or a hand cheese grater. The original article warns that this might be the most tedious part, which is why you should try and do it first. After that, it’s as easy as pouring in ingredients into your bucket.

Start mixing up all of the ingredients in layers – one ingredient poured and mixed in at a time. You could, alternatively, try to pour all the ingredients in and then try to mix it all up, but doing it in layers seems to be more efficient.

So at this point, you’ve spent all that money on just the ingredients. Not to mention, you’ve spent money on the bucket if you didn’t have one handy. But is it worth it?

The answer to that is, yes! This stuff is so powerful that you only need 1-2 tablespoons of the soap per load! Just something that you might want to keep in mind the next time you have to buy laundry detergent.

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