Today, I’m sharing my favorite homemade laundry soap recipe. It is my favorite for many reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is because it is so easy. If I had to grate a bar of soap every time I ran out of laundry soap, I wouldn’t bother to make my own.
I will be the first to admit, I can be lazy. I don’t want to load up the kids and leave the house because I ran out of laundry soap. I don’t want to take the time to grate a bar of soap in order to make laundry soap, even though I have read numerous pins about putting it in the microwave to make life easier. That’s where this recipe comes in.
It is so easy that you may never buy laundry soap from the store again.
1 gallon Water
1/3 cup Borax
1/3 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1/3 cup Dawn
Today, I just ran out of the laundry pods I had gotten cheap on a couponing trip so it’s the perfect time to share how I make my laundry soap.
I heat my water in the largest pot I have. You don’t need to bring the water to a boil. The hotter the water gets, the longer you will need to wait to transfer to your container and use it.
Next, I add my dry ingredients first, the Borax and Arm & Hammer Washing Soda.
Last, I add my Dawn.
Stir it and make sure the stove is off. Done! Quick and easy! Let the soap cool before transferring to a container. I use a beehive beverage dispenser that was purchased for my sister-in-law’s wedding, but I used to use rinsed out milk jugs and laundry soap bottles.
If you want to save even more time, you can double this recipe and store a couple extra jugs that are already ready when you need them.
I have added 1/3 cup Downy Unstopables before, but I prefer not to. Although it smells even more awesome while you’re making it, it will discolor and settle. Since I still thoroughly enjoy the smell of Downy Unstopables, I will add them directly to the load as usual instead.
To measure my homemade laundry soap, I reuse a cap from a store-bought soap bottle and just use the same amount as I would with the store-bought kind.
Also, I have a HE front load washing machine and I have never had any complications from using this recipe.
But does it actually work? You will have to try it to find out if it will work for your family’s dirty laundry, but my family is DIRTY! My husband works with generators, cars, trucks, grease and oil… every day. His clothes are filthy. And the kids, well, they are gross. They have the dirt, snot, and grass stains that all other kids have on their clothes. For my family’s laundry this has had just as good results as any store-bought laundry soap I have tried.
Have you tried making this or a similar recipe? Did it work for your family? Please share!
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