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Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe

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I have been making my own laundry soap for about 2 years and I love it! You can rarely find commercial laundry detergent for as cheap as you can make homemade laundry soap, and you also know what is it made of.

Supplies Needed

  • Ivory Soap (most recipes call for Fels-Naptha, which can also be used)
  • Washing Soda (this is different than baking soda and can usually be found in the cleaning supply section of the store)
  • Borax
  • 3 Gallon Bucket (ask a store bakery for one of their frosting buckets and usually you can get them for free)


  1. Freeze a bar of Ivory soap. This makes it easier to mince and melt in later steps. 
  2. Fill a large pot with 1 gallon water and heat to boiling.
  3. Take the frozen soap and mince in food processor. 
    minced ivory
  4. Once water is boiling, add minced Ivory and stir until dissolved.
  5. “Cook” this mixture for about 20 minutes, stirring often.
  6. Place 1 Gallon hot water in 3 gallon bucket and add 2 cups Borax and 2 cups Washing Soda. Stir until blended.
  7. Add the Ivory Soap Water and an additional 1/2 gallon of water.
  8. Stir.
  9. Let sit for 24 hours to “gel”.
  10. Reuse old laundry detergent bottles by filling them with your homemade laundry detergent.

***When you use the detergent you will need to shake the bottle because some settling may have occurred. Use one cap full per load.***

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