DIY Natural Laundry Soap

I'm happy to welcome my friend Amber Glatz to share a do-it-yourself project. Amber is the queen of DIY and has lots of tutorials up her sleeve from her recent wedding. When she tweeted she was making laundry soap, I asked her to share her recipe with all of you.

I forgot I had asked her and began making my own laundry soap about 3 weeks ago! I used nearly the same recipe. I made a smaller batch and didn't use Baking Soda, hence the photo with slightly different ingredients. I found that Walmart had the best prices, just like Amber. I am loving this new soap too!

Amber's simple tutorial: 


Have you ever moved and had to buy a lot of cleaning supplies all at once? Do you have kids and have to do laundry multiple times a week?

I recently got married so our laundry doubled and I began buying more cleaning supplies. I thought to myself, there has to be a better way to clean the house and do laundry with basic cleaning solutions instead of buying the new and improved cleaning solution (aka expensive chemicals).

What happened to the good’ol natural cleaning supplies like vinegar and baking soda? 

I did a bit of research and found this simple, affordable and fresh smelling laundry soap.  I have now been using it for about 2 months and love it! 

Ingredients you'll need:

  • 1 box of Borax (4lbs 12 oz) 
  • 1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (55 oz) 
  • 1 box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (4 lbs) or Oxy-Clean (3 lbs)
  • 3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap

Supplies:

  • 5 gallon Bucket
  • 1 garbage Bag
  • Cheese grater (or food processor if you have an HE washer)
  • 2 gallon Glass Jar with lid (or 2 smaller jars)
  • 1 tablespoon Scoop

After shopping around, I found Walmart had the best prices for the ingredients and supplies. If you do not have a Walmart near you, Amazon.com also has all of these ingredients (with an Amazon prime account you get free shipping).

Simple steps:

  1. Grate the 3 bars of soap. It will look like a pile of cheese.
  2. Place the garbage bag in the 5 gal. bucket and mix all the ingredients: borax, super washing soda, baking soda, grated fels-naptha soap and oxy clean.
  3. Pour mix into the 2 gal glass jar. It should all fit in the glass jar.
  4. Enjoy using your natural laundry soap!

Notes:

Use about 1-2 tablespoons per load. I also add white vinegar to each load for a natural softener. I buy it by the gallon. It is a very inexpensive way of keeping your clothes free from smell,  keeping them soft and stain free. If you have sensitive skin, I have found this mix is perfect for this.

You can use in HE washers but instead of grating the soap you will need to use a food processor. Whether you wash your clothes in hot, warm or cold water the laundry soap dissolves great! My clothes come out fresh smelling, clean, and stay the colors stay bright. My towels are so soft. This mix will probably last us at least a year. I do about 3-4 loads a week.  


Amber Glatz is an event planner who just got married. She loves crafts, decorating, traveling and the outdoors. A native of San Jose, California, she relocated to Sacramento. Amber grew up in a family who was always on outdoor adventures, hosting gatherings in the family home, cooking, decorating or crafting for the holidays has shaped who she is today. Lately she's hooked on making natural cleaning products for her home, building her Christmas décor inventory for the upcoming season, and finding new budget friendly meals.