DIY Laundry Soap

laundry soap DIY

Over the last 6 months I have pinned a lot of different DIY recipes for making your own laundry soap. With the cost of store bought laundry soap and the amount of laundry that gets done in my household I was looking for a way to save money. Doing less laundry was not an option as with having 2 boys we all know how dirty they get and washing by hand and hanging them to dry is not feasible due to our extremely cold winters and the additional time this would  eat up from our already busy lives.

This is the second laundry soap recipe I have made, although the first one I tried had a few less ingredients and worked great, it just didn’t have that fresh smell and softness I was looking for. Taking the “Cheaper and Better DIY Laundry Soap recipe from the How Does She? website and changing it up a bit is what I would consider the perfect DIY Laundry soap costing approx .3 cents per load compared to the Tide Pods at Costco that work out to be around .25 cents per load.


  • 1 (2kg) Box of Borax (Walmart)
  • 1 (3 kg) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (found it at London drugs or available almost everywhere in the states)
  • 1/2 (2.72) Container of OxyClean( I used Walmart’s Great Value Brand) (optional)
  • 4 (5.5 oz) Bars of Fels Naptha Soap ( You can also use Zota bar soaps. I have not found in Canada either of these but you can order online or grab a bunch next time your in the States)
  • 3 (500g) Boxes of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  • 1/2 (804g) Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener (Walmart)
  •  2.5 gallon pail or larger. This batch makes just under half a 5 gallon pail! (Home Depot)

First thing your going to want to do is grate your Fels Naptha soap with a cheese grater or I use an old  food processor I have just for this purpose. It tends to grate it fast and really fine leaving no chunks.

Next mix all ingredients together in your pail. You can estimate on how much of the Purex Crystals fabric softener you want to use by the smell. I started with a small amount then kept adding a bit at a time.

Fill  a glass or plastic container with the detergent and store the rest with a lid in your 2.5 gallon pail.

You will only need approx 2 teaspoons per load so this should last you a very long time!



Almost all of the ingredients I used had the HE Symbol on them but for precaution I would check with your manufacturer before using this in an HE washer and dryer.

I wash all my loads on cold cycle and have had no problems with this soap clumping and leaving residue on my clothes.

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About Bevypoo

Work full time as a Senior Community Specialist for EA (Electronic Arts) gaming company. Mother of very active twin 6 year old boys. I am a confessed social media addict, compulsive multitasker, organization freak and Pinterest addict! Personal blogging is a newly acquired hobby. Best known for not ever sleeping :)

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