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Money Saving Homemade Laundry Soap that Actually Works!

Here’s a recipe for homemade laundry soap that actually works. If you’ve wondered how to easily make laundry soap to save money, this post is for you!
homemade laundry soap

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One of the ways I have saved money in the past was to use Charlie’s Laundry Soap instead of buying more expensive laundry detergent. I used Charlie’s Laundry Soap for 3 years until the end of May, 2011. When I ran out of Charlie’s Soap in May, I decided to try to make my own. I have read lots of blog posts about making your own soap, but this one encouraged me to try. Visit Hayley’s blog for the recipe.

Money Saving Homemade Laundry Soap that Actually Works!

It was super easy to make using child labor! 🙂

homemade laundry soap

Seriously easy. It took all of 10 minutes, and half of that was finding the ingredients! It smells nice and is so soft. We had a fun homeschooling lesson on making our own soap!

Here’s the dollars and cents:

  • Baking Soda – 2.16 (Should be Washing Soda, but that’s not what I found…)
  • Borax – 3.36
  • Ivory – free after coupon
  • Total : $5.90 after 7% tax

homemade laundry soap

My take:

I’ve been using it now since the end of May. That’s long enough to know it’s not much different from the Charlie’s Soap I was using before. It’s odor-free and tough enough to clean the dirty cloth diapers I use. I’m sold! For my $6 investment, I’ve got enough soap to last me a good 4 more months (and I do A TON OF LAUNDRY!) I’m convinced it’s cheaper than the Charlie’s Soap. And I like that! 🙂

Have you made your own homemade laundry soap? What did you like most about it?

Money Saving Homemade Laundry Soap that Actually Works!


Tuesday 3rd of December 2013


you did not indicate the proportion of mixed items :

?Baking Soda

Michelle Marine

Wednesday 4th of December 2013

Hi Sunny - 2 cups borax, 2 cups baking soda, 1 bar of ivory. :-)


Thursday 6th of June 2013

Is this safe to use with HE machines? If so how much do you normally put in? I'm new to going green I normally use Tide. Do the clothes get very clean, it is safe to use on all colors? I'm very excited to help my family live a healthier life.


Friday 7th of June 2013

Hi Leslie! Yes, I use this in my HE washing machine. I use only 1 tbs for a load and it is safe on all colors. :-) I still spray SHOUT on my really dirty clothes, and in the summer if clothes get particularly stinky from BO, hanging them outside really helps them too. Good luck!


Monday 18th of March 2013

How many scoops, bar of soap, etc?


Monday 18th of March 2013

Hi Vanessa, well the original recipe is at the blog I mention in the post. But I used 2 cups soda, 2 cups borax, 1 bar of soap per recipe. Since I triple the recipe every time I make it, I actually use: 6 cups soda, 6 cups borax, 3 bars soap! :-)


Monday 23rd of January 2012

What is the recipe? Did you use all of everything in the picture? :-)


Monday 23rd of January 2012

There's a link to the recipe in the post. I didn't include it because I got it from my friend's blog, so you'll have to go there to get it! :-)

Robin H

Wednesday 6th of July 2011

I love this soap too! It's amazing that something so inexpensive can work so well... there's no going back!

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