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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Free & Clear Laundry Soap

It all began with the recipe for homemade laundry soap. Now I have added a more delicate soap mix to my laundry supply. Same recipe, different bar soap.

1 bar castille soap (I found it in the beauty aisle at my local grocer for less than $1)
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax
1/2 cup Oxy Clean (Optional)

Grate soap with cheese grater or food processor. I grate mine then pulse it in the blender to transform the little cheese-esque curls into granules. Add all ingredients to container, secure lid, and shake.

Use 1 Tablespoon per medium load, and 2 Tablespoons for large or heavily soiled loads.

*Tip* A coffee scoop equals 2 Tbs. I rarely run small loads, so using one scoop to measure my soap is very convenient, plus the shorter handle fits better in my soap jar than a regular measuring spoon.

To make the regular soap, use the Fels Naptha laundry soap instead of castile soap. Fels Naptha is also an effective pre-treatment when rubbed directly onto wet stains.


  1. Are you supposed to dry the soap out in the microwave first?

    1. Since people melt the soap in hot water to make a liquid version, I would not try putting it in the microwave. I have heard people prefer to put their soap in the freezer before grating it, though.