You might want to sample the popular DIY homemade laundry soap that all the bloggers are talking about and have been for years.

Does it Work? Most likely – It is a Mixture of stuff that cleans. I A- s-s-u-m-e should work on some items based on that idea alone.

I use Arm & Hammer Laundry Soap most of the time, and I pay less than 10 cents per load. (This is without a Laundry Coupon) or a Cash Back Rebate

If I am going to go through all the hassle of making my laundry soap – I need to make sure it will save me money and be worth my time. 

Because like anything else, “Time is Money,” But okay right now d, I might have a bit more time to try something I’ve always wanted.

Reasons to Make Homemade Laundry Soap

– Save money (if you can)

– No Leftover chemicals from store-bought detergent (that’s a good thing, right?)

– Get Fresh Smelling, Clean Clothes and then some. (I like that part the most)

Reasons NOT to Make Homemade Laundry Soap

– Not Enough testing for clothes types and water types –  (Well, I will test that out )

– Detergents do not dissolve in cold water well. (I’ll add a bit extra arm & hammer)

– Not “enough” scent from the powdered laundry soap when dry –

– Washing soda or baking soda stains concrete, marble and other surfaces if left wet long enough to react with water.

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Making Homemade Laundry Soap With Borax

6 cents per load = $120.00 per year

If that’s what you are looking for, then this is the recipe for you!

What You Need: Super Washing Soda (3 lb) Borax (4 lb) Arm & Hammer Toothpaste Grated Fels Naptha Soap Box grater

Look at Happy Money Saver (Borax, Baking Soda Booster, Oxi Clean, Downy)
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Making Homemade Laundry Soap Without Borax

Many people started making laundry soap without the ingredient of Borax to get away from chemicals and have fewer additives. To be more, “Natural.” is one blogger that has figured out a great recipe that makes her happy. I just never heard of liquid castile soap before. But I think you may find it in a Natural Food Store (Wholefoods or somewhere online). Her Recipe looks simple enough for time-wise but does require 1/2 cup per load.

It isn’t cheap, but apparently, it lasts a long time, and she says you can make a double batch for under $30.00. That’s not too bad if it is going to last you a year


Dawn Dish Soap Laundry Recipe

Homemade Laundry Soap with Dawn 

If the process of Grating soap is intimidating for you – or perhaps you require something less time-consuming.  If you don’t want to grate Naptha Soap, you can substitute Dawn soap like  Make Your Zone. 

She says she uses 1/2 cup, and it costs her $0.08 per load

Estimated Annual Savings: $120   for a year of laundry soap

What You Need: 2 cups Borax 4 cups Washing Soda 3 bars Ivory Soap Dawn

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Making Laundry Soap with Vinegar

On that point are also Recipes using Vinegar within the homemade laundry soap recipe pile! There are so many different recipes with so many other ingredients – It’s so hard to wade through them all and which one works – or which ones have a Chemical imbalance, such as Be Cautious using Vinegar and Castile Soap Warns Going Green. 

In that respect are other warnings out there using Vinegar with any laundry detergent (Homemade or store-bought), and the message is to use only for the “Rinse Cycle) and not to add it to the soap phase of the cycle.

Also, one lady added Vinegar to her load of laundry detergent and didn’t notice an immediate reaction. But the following day, when she was folding the clothes – they were all stiff as a board!


why homemade laundry is bad

Why Homemade Laundry Soap is Bad

Before you head down the Do it Yourself Laundry Soap – you might want to do some research on what to look for when it’s not working and perhaps why.

Nature’s Nurture has made an excellent point about using homemade laundry soap for an extended time.

” It can cause a build-up of ingredients that, in the end, could damage your clothes.”

I’ve heard people complain about losing colours and colours bleeding onto their other garments in the wash when using homemade laundry soap because it doesn’t have all those chemicals to prevent this from happening.


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What’s your Favorite Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe?

Tell us in the comments on the ingredients and let us know how any of them worked out.