Confession: I make my own laundry soap


Crunchy. Granola. Whatever the label, somehow it has happened. While I am not politically left-sided and I am not vegan (but do try to eat organic meat in our house), I am making my own laundry soap and my own lotion. Also, 3 weeks ago I bought “all natural” deodorant. *gasp*

Coconut Oil Lotion

Coconut Oil Lotion

None of these choices are for environmental reasons but that is a perk! Basically, my skin hates me. Laundry detergent that is not clear of dyes and scents make me break out. Regular lotions are full of “fake” and toxic ingredients (i.e. petroleum oil) and since our skin is the biggest organ and absorbs anything we put on it, I decided it is best to steer clear of them. And well, they weren’t quite getting the job done. As for the “all natural” deodorant, I can explain. My razor also seems to hate me as of late so I started reading up on ideas to stop this awful irritation. Every article recommended nixing the aluminum deodorants and other various ingredients. Dave has been on my case for years about my “antiperspirant” choice in deodorant. But listen, no one wants to sweat and smell it. So I told him, “I would probably die of Alzheimer’s and you are just going to have to deal with it”. A lady has limits!! Well, I was in TJ Maxx a few weeks ago and I came across this “natural” deodorant and decided, why not? If it didn’t work, then I would go back to my aluminum, cancer-inducing, sweat-reducing deodorant. But so far, I give this product 4 stars out of 5!! Which for now, is good enough for me. I will give a full review on this product a little later. Unfortunately, I have not been able to track it down online. Sigh. But I WILL find it. 🙂

In this post I will be giving you the low down on my new, awesome laundry detergent!!!

For a few years I have been buying the All Free and Clear laundry detergent like this one at Target. It worked fine and I had no complaints. Last August, I was at my sister in law’s house and she was making her own liquid detergent on the stove and I was intrigued. I always thought it was a complicated process with random ingredients that would leave me wandering the store for hours. While her method for liquid detergent was a little time consuming, but not difficult, it was extremely economical and all with basic ingredients. $3 for several months’ worth of great cleaning detergent.

I came home and started researching detergents suitable for an HE washer (energy efficient). If you don’t have that special HE brand of detergent, I am told bubbles will be overflowing from your washer for days. Ain’t nobody got time for that!! I stumbled upon this recipe from Being Creative. All of these ingredients can be found at your local Walmart in the laundry detergent aisle. And all right next to each other!! I thought surely I must be dreaming. Ha!



I did not make as much detergent as this blogger’s recipe called for. Here is what I did:

  • 7 oz. Fel Naptha bar soap (grated)
  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Washing Soda
  • 1/2 cup Oxi Clean (LOOVEE!!)

First grate the Fels Naptha bar soap- say that 10x fast- and then put it in your blender/food processor and crush it up to more of a powder. NOTE: This soap is a little “wet” so when I was blending it, I had to be patient because it kept clumping up.  Maybe you have a better blender than I do so this may not be an issue. Then simply add all the powder ingredients, little bits at a time, to the blender and mix it all up. Easy peasy. Takes me 15 min max!

Use 1 tablespoon per full load and use less if I am not washing a full load. This will last me for 6-8 months (doing 5-10 loads per week). How much did this cost me? $4. YES. $4. HALF the price of the store bought kind and it lasts longer than the old stuff!!

I know you’re next question is, does it work? My husband was skeptical as well. But without going into gross detail, as I have tried to block the incident from my memory, we were able to test it’s skills after Graham had a bout of diarrhea in his bed- moving on. The stains came out no problem and I will forever be indebted to this stuff!! Also, the perk for me is that this stuff smells DELISH- thanks to the Fels Naptha. I guess using the non-scented detergent for so long probably makes me a little too excited about this. But alas, I love using this detergent and knowing it is working. And, I used to add Oxi-Clean to my laundry but now I don’t have to since it is already in this recipe!! DOUBLE SCORE!

Now go grab these ingredients and whip up some detergent on the snow day we are about to have. 😉

Disclaimer: I know DIY isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but for me it is therapeutic and gives me a sense of accomplishment (I know I am weird). We all have busy lives and sometimes just buying it from the store is easier. No judgement here!! Just passing on a good find for anyone who has been curious about it! 🙂



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