Throughout the years that we’ve housed people, we have had a couple of guests who had incredibly sensitive skin. So much so that even the mildest dish soap or laundry detergent would cause painful rashes and reddened cracked skin. Necessity is the mother of invention, right? We started scouring Pinterest for recipes to help. I don’t remember whether we found this recipe online or if it was passed to us from a friend but we have been making homemade laundry soap for the last three years and not only is it much more economical, it cleans just as well as any purchased detergent.
First, with a cheese grater, grate 1/3 of a bar of Fels- Naptha soap. Put it in a small pot and add 2-3 cups of water. Cook on medium heat until the soap melts.
Once the soap is melted, remove from heat. Fill a 5-gallon bucket with hot tap water about 2/3 full.
Add 1 cup of Borax and 1 cup of washing soda to the bucket. Then pour in the melted soap and water.
Mix well, cover bucket with foil or plastic wrap and let it sit for 24 hours. The laundry soap will be gelled on top. I used a metal whisk to break it up and blend it into the rest of the liquid.
Fill empty containers with laundry soap. We use washed out milk containers and empty Tide jugs from years ago. I have found that the easiest way to do this is to lay down a large towel underneath and use a 2 cup measuring cup and a funnel. We filled five containers!
We use the homemade laundry soap exactly like purchased detergent. We have a high-efficiency washer so it takes about 1/2 cup per load. Happy washing!