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Homemade Laundry Soap

 Homemade Laundry Soap

homemade laundry soap recipeHomemade Laundry Soap Recipe

In a quest to go chemical free, lots of things in our home are now homemade! I had to to share my favorite homemade laundry soap!

I buy a kit from amazon called Laundry Soap Kit – Fels Naptha-3 bars, Borax & Washing Soda.

First take the 3 bars of Fels Naptha Laundry Bar and grate it with a cheese grater. This is the only part that takes any kind of work. It can be done in about 5 minutes!

What I did was took an old laundry soap container and cut one side off of it, then I mix together the Grated Fels-Naptha, the box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda and the box of Borax Detergent Booster in the old container.

Now I have homemade laundry soap!

This process takes about ten minutes and the laundry soap is amazing! It smells awesome and my clothes seem to be cleaner and brighter! I use about 2 table spoons per load so it last a pretty long time.

Why did I make the switch to homemade laundry soap?

toxic dangers in laundry detergent

Laundry soap is toxic!!!!

Researchers from the University of Washington studied top-selling laundry products and found that they emitted dozens of different chemicals. All of them gave off at least one identified as toxic or hazardous under federal laws.

Some of the chemicals found in laundry soap:

  1. Cleaning agents (surfactants): Chemicals like quaternium-15(known to release formaldehyde), diethanolamine (linked with skin and eye irritation), nonlphenol ethoxylate or NPE (toxic to nerves, irritating to skin, potential hormone disruptor), linear alkyl benzene sulfonates (irritating to skin and eyes; benzene on its own is a carcinogen), and petroleum distillates (linked to cancer and lung damage) are found in laundry soap.ion.
  2. Fragrance: Manufacturers combine a number of chemicals to give off a fragrance so you’ll believe your clothes are clean because they smell clean. Even worse, they don’t have to list those chemicals on the label because of trade protection.
  3. Stabilizers: Polyalkylene oxide or ethylene oxide, which are linked with eye and lung irritation.
  4. Brighteners: Chemicals that actually remain on the clothes to absorb UV light and help clothes appear brighter. Chemicals like naphthotriazolystilbenes (linked with developmental and reproductive effects), benzoxazolyl, diaminostilbene disulfonate, and more.

Whats in my homemade laundry soap?

  1. Borax, also called tincal,  sodium tetraborate decahydrate (Na2B4O7·10H2O). –  Borax is poorly absorbed through intact skin. Borax is non-irritating to eyes in normal industrial use. Borax does not cause irritation to intact skin. Borax is not a known carcinogen.  A human study of occupational exposure to borate dust showed no adverse effect on reproduction.
  2. Sodium carbonate (also known as washing soda, soda ash and soda crystals), Na2CO3. Sodium carbonate is not listed as a carcinogen or potential carcinogen by IARC, NTP, OSHA, OR ACGIH.
  3. Fels-Naptha is an American brand of bar laundry soap used for pre-treating stains on clothing and as a home remedy for exposure to poison ivy and other skin irritants.


What if you dont want to make your own or you want a liquid laundry soap? I’ve got you covered!

You can make your own homemade liquid laundry soap!

liquid laundry soap recipe

Or, you can buy an all Natural Laundry Soap! To purchase the Thieves Laundry Detergent, go to the order page , type in your name and email and you will be re directed to Young Livings website where you can sign up as either a wholesale or a retail customer to make the purchase!

thieves laundry detergent


Do you make homemade laundry soap? If so, how do you make it and how do you like it? Let me know bellow!

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University of Washington, “Toxic Chemicals Found in Common Scented Laundry Products, Air Fresheners,” Science Daily, July 24, 2008,http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080723134438.htm.

Anne C. Steinemann, Lisa G. Gallagher, Amy L. Davis, Ian C. MacGregor, “Chemical emissions from residential dryer vents during use of fragranced laundry products,” Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health, 2011;http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11869-011-0156-1.

Homemade Laundry Soap
Homemade Laundry Soap
Homemade Laundry Soap - This very simple homemade laundry soap is made using Borax, Arm &Hammer washing soda and Fels Naptha bars.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Large sized detergent container

  • 3 Fels Naptha Bars
  • 76 oz Borax
  • 55 oz of Washing soda
First take the 3 bars of Fels Naptha Laundry Bar and grate it with a cheese grater. Mix together the Grated Fels-Naptha, the box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda and the box of Borax Detergent Booster


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