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.
- 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)
- 3 Gallon Bucket (ask a store bakery for one of their frosting buckets and usually you can get them for free)
- Freeze a bar of Ivory soap. This makes it easier to mince and melt in later steps.
- Fill a large pot with 1 gallon water and heat to boiling.
- Take the frozen soap and mince in food processor.
- Once water is boiling, add minced Ivory and stir until dissolved.
- “Cook” this mixture for about 20 minutes, stirring often.
- Place 1 Gallon hot water in 3 gallon bucket and add 2 cups Borax and 2 cups Washing Soda. Stir until blended.
- Add the Ivory Soap Water and an additional 1/2 gallon of water.
- Let sit for 24 hours to “gel”.
- 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.***