No pie this week.  We are all sick as dogs and I cannot even imagine making a pie.

But I do need to wash laundry so I figured I would write a

little post on my homemade laundry soap recipe.

I have been making laundry soap for about 8 years and it’s saved us so much money.

The ingredients are very simple and fairly easy to find these days.


1 Box of Borax

1 Box of Arm and Hammer washing soda

(not to be confused with Arm and Hammer baking soda)

3 bars of Fels-Naptha laundry soap

I grate the Naptha soap using my mixer with a grater attachment because, well, it’s easier.

But you can use a cheese grater or even a food processor.


I dump the grated soap, Borax and wash powder in a trash bag

(because I’m very classy)

and mix it until well combined.

Then put the mixed laundry soap into a gorgeous apothecary jar

with a cutely printed label

or be like me and put the trash bag in a diaper box

(because I’m classy).



Bam! Laundry soap.

This is very concentrated and I only use 2 tablespoons per load.

Although we have a massive washing machine which takes two loads at a time so I adjust accordingly.

I have seen some recipes which incorporate lavender oil into the mix for scent.

That sort of makes it less affordable so I haven’t done that but it sure sounds like a nice idea.

*Disclaimer, be careful when mixing around little ones;

the Fels-Naptha looks like grated cheese and can be dangerous if ingested.

One step closer to frugal living.