I have seen other recipes online to make your own soap but this looks like the easiest! At 7 cents a load it is definetly worth trying! Thanks to my friend Anna at the Thrifty Geek for this great, frugal idea!
Homemade Laundry Soap
1 bar of Fels Naptha soap. This can be found in the laundry section of your store or maybe in the bathing soap section. If you can not find this soap, Ivory soap or another natural lye soap works fine.
Borax This can be found in the laundry section of your store.
Arm & Hammer Washing Soda – Don’t confuse this with baking soda. It is two different products. This can also be found in your laundry section.
Putting it together.
You can use a food processor for this but if you need to hand grate, just grate soap fine over a large bowl.
Grate 1 bar of soap. If using a food processor, cut the soap into chunks and put in food processor and add the remaining ingredients as follows.
1/2 Cup Borax
1/2 Cup Washing Soda
Mix together completely. If you are using the food processor, mix until the soap chunks are fine.
Get a container that has a lid that seals and place your detergent in it. The measurement that you use is 1 tablespoon for one load of laundry. I just keep a measuring spoon in my container for easy use. Be sure to write the measurement on the container to where others can help you with the laundry.
It is worth a try! Anna says it works great and gets the stains out!
This detergent has no smell. If you want a fragrance, then I would suggest buying a soap that has fragrance and maybe doing 1/2 of the Nels Naptha and 1/2 the fragrance soap and then adjust if needed.
Let me know what you think!