Make Your Own Laundry Soap

Make Your Own Laundry Soap

Laundry Soap

At Ingenuity Innovation Center, we are all about making and sharing sustainable solutions.  We have a great recipe for a laundry detergent.  Simply follow these six simple steps to make your own environmentally friendly laundry soap that is free from noxious chemicals at a fraction of the cost of what you would spend at the store. Here is everything that you are going need to make your own laundry soap:

  • Borax 1 cup
  • Washing Soda (not baking soda) 1/2 cup
  • Bar Soap (Fels-Naptha, Ivory, plain bar soap)
  • Cheese grater
  • Pot (to melt the soap in with water)
  • Two, 5-gallon buckets
  • Empty laundry soap containers

Step One: Take your bar of soap & your cheese grader & just grade it down.

Step Two: Add a quart of water to a pot.  Place on stove and turn on medium heat. Next added your grated down soap and melt it down until it is completely dissolved (approximately 10 to 15 minutes).

Step Three: Take your 5-gallon bucket & fill it about half full with hot water. Add your melted bar soap. Add the washing soda & Borax.  Then, stir until all the ingredients are dissolved.  Once they’re dissolved, fill the rest of the bucket all the way full with hot water.  Next, cover the bucket using a lid or plastic wrap.  Wait 24 hours.

Step Four:  Using your second, empty 5-gallon bucket, you are going to divide the laundry soap in half.  Because this solution has had time to set up, it will have a gel-like consistency.  Scoop out large spoonfulls of the formula into the second bucket until you have divided it in half.  Next, add hot water to both buckets until full.  Mix until the gelatin solution is dissolved.

Step Five: Now your laundry solution is complete and ready to be used.  We recommend transferring the laundry soap into other containers so that it does not evaporate and eliminates a safety hazard of pets or children falling into buckets (especially if you do not have a proper lid).

Step Six: Now, we’re ready to do some laundry. You’re gonna use one cup per load.  Note that this soap will have a tendency to separate a little bit as it settles, so just shake it before you use it.  You can also use it as a pre-treater.  We love this laundry soap and hope you do too.  Enjoy!