DIY Laundry Soap – One Year Review & Recipe

DIY Laundry soap & a full review after using it for one year. A must pin for saving lots of money!!!
Last year around this time I made my very first batch of DIY laundry soap. I had researched it online before I made it & combined a few different recipes that I had found to make my own laundry detergent. I really didn’t think that it would last me a year like the posts I read had said, but it did & I loved it along the way! It got me through countless dirty baseball uniforms, stinky gym clothes, paint messes, military uniforms, & stains of all sorts. You can see the original recipe {here}. There were a few things I wanted to change about this new recipe after a year of using it & learning the positives and negatives of my original recipe. I now feel confident in giving a full review & sharing my thoughts a whole year later.

DIY Laundry soap & a full review after using it for one year. A must pin for saving lots of money!!!
My Thoughts on my DIY laundry soap in bullet points:

-I loved the original recipe, I just didn’t like that it was “unscented” so I added the scent crystal laundry softener beads for added
scent and laundry softener features.

- My laundry soap got hard last time because moisture got into the container. I had to use a drill and drill bit to grind up the powder again. Yes, it was that serious. To prevent this from happening add a cheese cloth with rice inside to absorb any moisture. You can also add silica packets as well. Rice works wonders.

-It lasted me one year & saved me LOTS of money. You only need to use 2 tablespoons per load, but I experimented and found the perfect amount to use with each load to fit my needs. I tend to add a little more to each load because that’s just how I roll.

- This recipe removed stains, left clothes clean, & my whites were bright {I do use bleach on my whites as well}

- This recipe is great for sensitive skin. I have mildly sensitive skin & I have never had any issues & from the research I have done on people who have used this recipe I have read that’s great for their family members with sensitive skin. But, as other things you & your families skin issues could be different so do your own research and experiments as needed.

- I do not have an HE washer, but I have read that it works well with them, but I would do my own research to make sure that DIY laundry detergent will work well for your washer.

- You can choose your own soap, scent crystals, & completely personalize this recipe it’s very forgiving and customizable to your needs and wants.

DIY Laundry soap & a full review after using it for one year. A must pin for saving lots of money!!!

DIY Laundry soap & a full review after using it for one year. A must pin for saving lots of money!!!
DIY Laundry soap & a full review after using it for one year. A must pin for saving lots of money!!!
My recipe:

1. One four pound twelve ounce box of Borax. You can use 2 smaller boxes. {Found in Laundry Isle}
2. Three bars of Fels-Naptha soap. You can use any soap of your choice. {Found in Laundry Isle}
3. one four pound box of arm & hammer baking soda.{Not pictured here} {Laundry Isle}
4. one box of arm & hammer super washing soda {laundry Isle}
5. four pounds of Oxy Clean {one small/one large container/laundry isle}
6. Laundry softener cyrstals for scent. You can mix these in to your laundry detergent or add them to your loads as needed.

DIY Laundry soap & a full review after using it for one year. A must pin for saving lots of money!!!
To Mix the recipe:
1. Grate the fels-naptha bars into a bowl
2. dump fels-naptha into a large container {I used a 5 gallon pale with a garbage bag inside}
3. Mix all other ingredients into the bucket & shake it all up together.
4. Place into container of your choice {I used a 4 gallon glass jar from Walmart}

DIY Laundry soap & a full review after using it for one year. A must pin for saving lots of money!!!
DIY Laundry soap & a full review after using it for one year. A must pin for saving lots of money!!!
DIY Laundry soap & a full review after using it for one year. A must pin for saving lots of money!!!
If you have any more questions leave them below or {here} on the facebook page, tag me on Instagram @lizmariegalvan or with hashtag #LizMarieBlog, or you can tweet me. I will do my best to answer any questions you may have. Have you tried a laundry soap recipe? What does yours have in it? Is it different from mine? What are your thoughts? I would love to hear from you!

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For my DIY laundry softener recipe click {here}.


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  2. I have been using your DIY laundry soap over a year now and absolutely LOVE it!! It gets clothes very clean and bright unlike many homemade soaps! this really is the best!

  3. How much laundry detergent did you use in each load in order for it to last you a year?

  4. This looks very easy to make, how much does this recipe make, does it make more than your 4 gallon jar holds? I have been using liquid detergents for years now, I like that the liquid dissolves well. Have you ever tried making any liquid detergents? Thanks for sharing.

    • Kimberly Croonquist says:

      I love the powder detergent but I also make liquid detergent that I also keep on hand. There are many recipes but here is the one that works best for me.
      A 5 gallon bucket w/ lid
      1 bar Zote or Fels-Naptha (I like to use pink Zote but both work great – from laundry isle)
      1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
      1/2 cup Borax
      hot tap water

      **Grate the soap, put it into a pot and add water. Melt over a low heat stirring frequently until soap had completely dissolved…do not let it boil.
      **Fill your bucket about 1/2 way up with hot tap water, add your Super Washing Soda and Borax..stir until all the powder has dissolved.
      **Pour your melted soap into the bucket..stir well.
      ** Fill your bucket with more hot tap water.. (leave about 1 inch head space)…stir well….(you can add essential oils for fragrance if you like but it is not needed.)
      **Close the lid on the bucket and let it sit about 8 hours or over night.. (it’s fine to let it sit longer)
      **When you are ready, open the bucket ans mix very well. It will be gelled up..this is your concentrate. I like to put my concentrate into Mason Jars and put them on a shelf due to my tiny laundry room, but you can leave it right in the bucket if you like – just mix it well each time you take some out. Just add concentrate to a container of your choice – any bottle or jug will do.. fill it 1/2 concentrate and 1/2 hot tap water. Shake well until completely mixed…you will need to shake it before each use.
      **Just add 1/2 – 1 cup per load….I have found that his is really great for pet odors as well as sensitive skin…plus 5 gallons of concentrate makes 10 gallons of laundry detergent for literally pennies compared to store bought brands! There are no bubbles…just clean fresh clothes. Hope you enjoy!

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  6. Jennifer Sarzynski says:

    How much do you use per (regular) load?

  7. It says up top in the bullet points that you only need 2 tablespoons per load.

  8. Lori Johnson says:

    Hi Liz, I was wondering, about how much did all the ingredients cost for the 1 year amount of laundry soap?
    Thanks, Lori

  9. I just made this up for my daughter moving to NY City. I got a qt container for her to keep her laundry soap in that she is using. And divided the rest and sealed it in small Foodsaver bags. We are hoping by sealing the rest that it won’t get hard over the year. She will open each bag and empty into the qt container as needed.

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