Who Makes Laundry Soap at Home?

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Who Makes Laundry Soap at Home?
Wed, 10-02-2013 - 11:58am

I've given it a try before, but I just wasn't overly pleased with how it worked out.  Have you made laundry soap from home before?  If so, what was your "recipe"?  

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Registered: 04-16-2008
Thu, 10-03-2013 - 11:09am


The "recipe" I use is a variation of these:


Even though the soap is in flakes, it dissolves well in cold water.  Or, if you prefer a fine powder, blitz it in a food processor (bought cheap from garage sale/thrift store and dedicated for soap making).

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Registered: 08-14-2002
Mon, 10-28-2013 - 12:58am

I've tried one batch, pretty easy to make, but the results weren't as great as it was cracked up to be. I can't find the link right now, but it was a combination of Fels Naptha, Baking Soda, and Borax, with water. Cooked over the stove, blended, cooled, and blended some more. I made 2 quarts, supposed to use only 1 Tbsp. per load. I have a super-capacity washer, and wasn't happy with the results of the first few loads, so I doubled the amount - better, but still not great.

After a few weeks, we noticed stains that weren't coming out and there appeared a general "dingy" look to our clothes. The soap removed odors just fine, but just wasn't getting them really clean. So it's back to the Arm & Hammer for me. 

I ran the cost comparison - figured that using the homemade soap would only save us about $40 per year. (Only the two of us, about 3-5 loads per week). That's not enough savings to justify the effort of making it, and the loss of clothing to stubborn stains.

I still have a quart jar left - might use that up for washing things for which I don't care about stains or dinginess, but odor removal is important - like the dogs' bedding and our blankets. (separately, of course!)