Have you heard people talking about making their own homemade laundry detergent? Or have you seen all those images on Pinterest and wondered if it’s something you can do yourself? If you’re ready to try your hand at making your own soap, I have a simple recipe and some simple tips for you. *NOTE: there is no affiliate marketing or ads on this page.*
As a part of simplifying our home with Spirit-led strategies, I make my own laundry detergent. Honestly, I don’t think Jesus cares what kind of soap you use to wash your clothes. I do think he cares about the kind of stewards we are with the money we have.
For years, we were a single income family and to and I’ve learned how to live in abundance in a season of flat broke. Finding simple solutions to save money became a passion during my years as a stay at home mom, and many of these are practices I still use today.
One of the ways I learned to simplify within our budget to honor the Creator is to create homemade solutions for many of the things we previously bought at the store. As a part of creating a laundry routine to save my sanity, I make homemade laundry detergent and fabric softener instead of purchasing them.
The recipe I’m sharing here today makes up close to a 4 month supply for our family of 5 who does one load of laundry today. It costs approx $16-$20 depending on where I shop. That’s an average of $4-$5 each month for laundry soap.
SIMPLE = SUCCESS
Making homemade laundry soap is simple and easy. My motto with just about any area of our life is this: simple = success. If I keep devotional time simple, I experience God’s power. If I keep the menu simple, we eat healthy foods. If I keep the chore chart simple, our home stays clean. If I keep a morning routine, I feel like a rockstar. (I think you get the point, right?)
So to keep this recipe simple, I choose to use a powder laundry detergent instead of a liquid. The first time I ever created laundry soap, I made the liquid laundry soap. It was a huge mess and required way more time and energy than I want to put into the detergent making process. (I’m all about simplifying!)
There are a lot of variations out there. This is the recipe I’ve used for almost 8 years. I used to use Downy Unstoppables. Recently, I’ve switched to using essential oils instead of those crystals.
- 2 bars Fels Naptha Laundry Soap (I know people who use up to 4)
- 1 box (55 oz) Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
- 1 box (the big 4lb one) Arm And Hammer Baking Soda
- 1 box (76 oz) 20 Mule Team Borax
- 1 bucket (3 lb 8 oz) Multi-purpose Oxygen Cleaner (generic Oxyclean)
- A few drops of your favorite essential oil (we used tea tree)
You’ll Also Need:
- Rubber gloves
- Food processor or cheese grater
- A big bucket (I use my stock pot)
- Airtight storage container(s) to put it all in
- Grate the Fels Naptha. Use the knife and cut Fels Naptha soap into small chunks to put into a food processor or leave large and grate with a cheese grater. Either is fine. You want small chunks of soap to mix with the other dry ingredients.
- Empty the boxes of all other ingredients into a large bucket.*
- Add grated Fels Naptha soap to the mixture.*
- Use your hands (or a big metal spoon) to incorporate the mixture.
- Store in an airtight container(s).
- Dump it all into the bucket at once and then mix it.
- Pour a cup or two from each box into the bucket and mix as you go.
Either way works just fine as long as all ingredients are mixed evenly at the end.
To Use This Amazingness:
I store the laundry detergent in a thrifted cookie jar and leave it on the shelf above the washer. The extra detergent goes into the airtight container and is put away until it’s time to refill the jar.
We use 2-4 tablespooons per load depending on the size (and soil) of the load. I use the scoop that comes with the Oxygen cleaner, but I’ve got my eye out for a cute, thrifted measuring spoon just for the laundry soap.
We also have switched to a white distilled vinegar rinse for our clothes instead of fabric softener. I was seriously hesitant to try this method because my husband cannot stand the smell of vinegar.
Several friends reassured me I wouldn’t be able to smell it when the wash is finished. They were right. Better yet, the smell of clean from our homemade laundry detergent comes through instead of being covered up!
Side note: the husband has not noticed we’ve switched to a using vinegar instead of store-bought fabric softener. It’s been months since I’ve bought fabric softener from the store.
1.| Use the big bucket as a mop bucket for the day you make your soap. Unless it’s your storage container, fill it up with water and use the soap as a cleaner for your floor. You’re going to want to sweep anyway when finished. Take a few extra minutes and mop the floors too.
2.| Use a tablespoon of your homemade laundry soap to clean your sinks, drains, and surfaces in your home. The “abrasiveness” of the powders help remove the grit and grime that build-up on our surfaces.
CREATING A LAUNDRY ROUTINE TO SAVE MY SANITY
Laundry used to be the bane of my existence. Let me confess to you now NO amount of Scripture reading or prayer eased my soul about this chore.
I had no system in place except to complain about the mountains of clothes piling up in the baskets, hiding under beds, and lurking in hidden corners in various places around the house. Trust me when I say, there is a better system.
If you totally relate to this overwhelm, then come read these simple tips on how to create a laundry routine that will save your sanity.
MORE HELPFUL TOOLS
If you’re looking for more tips on how to simplify your life with a Spirit-led approach, I’ve got you covered!
When it comes to organizing our homes and our kitchens, I’ve got 2 awesome resources to help you!
1.| SIMPLIFY YOUR SPACE
I created an action-packed download to help you create momentum to simplify your space and get you results. I’m sharing what I’ve learned through years of moving (thanks, Army) reading, trial and error, and listening to the “experts” to craft a single document so that you can put your energy + effort where it needs to go: YOUR SPACE.
I share my story here in The Beautiful Truth Behind Simplifying My Space because this part of the journey can be super challenging!
2.| THE MEAL PLANNING KIT FOR ALL MOMMAS
When I first began my health journey I needed simple tools to plan a menu that would work for our entire family.
There were so many tools out there that I was overwhelmed with where to start. I designed this meal planning kit to work for any momma anywhere, no matter your income, your family dynamic, or your work schedule.
The premise: Give each family member a voice in the planning process to help them take ownership of the food that graces our table.
Set parameters around food choices to gently guide your family in making better and healthier choices for their favorite foods.
We save time and money (and mom brain power) when we take a few minutes each week to plan healthy and affordable choices for our families.
IS SIMPLIFYING THE ANSWER FOR YOU?
If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with life right now, know that you are NOT ALONE. I know when I first began listening to this calling the Lord place on me, I was a little overwhelmed as to where to start. As I’ve worked through this process, I’ve created tools to help women simplify their lives with a Spirit-led approach.
I WANT TO SHARE THE STEPS I TOOK TO GET STARTED:
In each of these blog posts, I share the parts of my journey in which I followed the lead of the Creator as He guided me to simplify my life.
Find more tools to encourage and help you here!
I know when I first began this part of my simplifying journey, I felt alone. So, friend, I want to encourage you to share this on your favorite social media platform to encourage other women in their journey to seek simplicity in their homes and their lives, and in turn, know the peace and joy the Creator provides.
With💛 from my toolbox to yours,