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DIY Laundry Soap


Hi friends! Earlier this year, the gals at hi, friend and I vowed to bring you practical and useful DIY’s in 2013. You know, stuff you can actually put to work in your home. And guess what was on the top of our list? Laundry detergent! Although this DIY is floating around the blogosphere, we’ve put our unique stamp on it and created downloadable tags that perfectly complement this craft. I’m planning to use my batch of DIY laundry soap for house warming + birthday gifts. And in my own laundry room too!

DIY Laundry Soap,


2 lbs, 6 oz. Borax

2 lbs Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda

1.5 lbs Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

1 jar OxyClean

1 Fels-Naptha Heavy Duty Laundry Bar Soap

1 bottle Purex Crystals (28 oz) (this is what will make it smell good)

DIY Laundry Soap,

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Gather the above ingredients.

2. Grate the bar of soap. You can use a hand-grater or a food processor…it grates just like cheese. Promise!

DIY Laundry Soap,

DIY Laundry Soap,

3. Dump all of the ingredients together and mix. Do in small batches if you’d like – this is a lot of detergent! Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load of laundry. We have a feeling we’ll be working our way through this batch for years.

DIY Laundry Soap,

DIY Laundry Soap,

DIY Laundry Soap,

4. Transfer to a cute container of your choice. Garnish detergent with darling downloadable tag, which can be found here.

DIY Laundry Soap,

The beauty of DIY laundry soap is that it lasts forever. So grab your ingredients, print off a few labels, make up a batch…and you’ll have gifts for an entire year!

DIY Laundry Soap,

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11 Responses to DIY Laundry Soap

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  2. What a great idea, I’m sure it will work 100 times better than the many watered down commercial items on the market these days. Can’t wait to give it a go. Thanks

  3. I love this idea! Will it work in front-loading HE washers? The appliance technician put the fear of god into me about only using detergents rated for HE washers…

  4. Cathy, great question. I honestly don’t know. Any way you can get a hold of said appliance technician to ask…???

  5. Thanks for the recipe and the great pics! I have made the liquid version many times and used it successfully in my HE front load but this looks a bit less complicated.
    @Cathy, my hubby has worked on HE machines for years and the only thing you are looking for in detergent is a low suds version. That’s the key difference between HE detergent and plain. By nature homemade laundry soaps do not suds up as much as store bought ones. I think it is worth the try but be aware of your water softness as well. I have very hard water so have no issues adding more soap. Definitely start with 1 scoop and keep an eye on your machine as it washes to make sure it is not over sudsing. Hope this helps.
    Off to make some laundry soap.

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  8. Hi just made this today super easy i have a question though is it suppose to have a soapy look when its washing or no or did i so aomething wrong thanks you

    • Well, it’s usually a little sudsy because of the laundry bar soap. I think that’s the only ‘soapy’ ingredient, though!

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