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I’ve been wanting to try making some of my own cleaners for quite a while now, but I’ve had so much stockpiled from my couponing days that there was no point until I used it all up.
And for the first time in more than two years I ran out of laundry soap.
It was kind of a sad day, really.
I mean, who wouldn’t love to have laundry soap stockpiled for years at a time?

On the flip side, I finally got to make my own!
It was easy.
And much more cost effective than purchasing more detergent.
In fact, it has me excited to attempt more homemade cleaners, so be on the lookout for some future projects.

All-Natural DIY Laundry Soap
(recipe found here)


What you’ll need:

Zote bar soap
Arm & Hammer washing soda
5-gallon bucket

I was able to purchase all of these items at WalMart (in the laundry detergent aisle).

First, cut off 1/3 of the Zote soap bar.

Then grate it up (1/3 bar).
I used my cheese grater.
Hey, at least I know it’s clean!

Pour grated soap into large pot and add 6 cups of water.
Stir over medium heat until soap is completely melted.

After Zote is fully melted, add in 1/2 cup each of Borax and Washing Soda.

Stir together until completely dissolved, then remove from heat.
Pour 4 cups of hot water into 5-gallon bucket, then add the soap mixture.

Stir together, then add another gallon + 6 cups water.
(Also at this point you could add some essential oil drops if you want a certain smell, but I decided not to for this batch, so it’s completely optional.)

Mix well, then cover and wait 24 hour before using.
I found it really difficult to open the lid to the bucket so I have a smaller container I keep filled up by the washer.
Plus, it’s much cuter.
Which is important, right?

Use 1/2 cup per load (more for heavily soiled clothing).
The total cost was under $8 and one batch cleans between 60-75 loads.
There is enough Zote to make two more batches (one bar is $0.99) and there’s a LOT of Borax and Washing Soda left over, so this was definitely a much more frugal way to clean our clothing.
Next up, homemade dishwasher detergent! :)

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