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Make Your Own Laundry Soap Really Cheap -- Works Great


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Powdered Laundry Detergent
1 cup grated Fels-Naptha soap
1/2 cup Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda (not baking soda, please!)
1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax

Mix and store in airtight container or bag. For light loads, use 2 tablespoons. For heavy loads, use 3 tablespoons.

Big Batch: To make a large batch, grate 6 bars of Fels-Naptha Soap and then add 3 cups of Super Washing Soda and 3 cups of 20 Mule Team Borax. Mix well and store in covered container. TIP: Homemade detergent will not make suds in your washer, so do not be alarmed.
- Submitted by LADY_KATHY 6/25/2010 in Saving Money | 7 Comments
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WEBBS4U 6/25/2010 10:35:00 PM

    Can this be used in high efficiency washing machines?
MARYELLEN301 6/30/2010 10:06:00 PM

    I bought all the ingredients online at, including the grated Fels Naptha soap. I've been using it for about 5 months now and it is so much cheaper than "store-bought" and cleans just as well. Not having to grate the Fels Naptha is a real bonus!
SUSIEMILO 6/29/2010 10:27:00 AM

    Edit to my comment:
I didn't realize that the Powered Laundry Detergent was the name of it --- I thought it was being added in addition to the 3 ingredients.

And I also said yet instead of "yes" to WEBBS4U's question.
(having a hard time this morning -- LOL)
SUSIEMILO 6/29/2010 10:23:00 AM

    I make this, but without the powered laundry detergent. I use about 1-2 TBS per load, and it works wonderfully. I made a batch last fall, and I'm still using that batch.
I love it, and will never "buy" laundry soap again!
And the answer to WEBBS4U question: yet -- it barely makes any suds, and can be used in High Efficiency machines.
2TM2TM 6/29/2010 10:10:00 AM

    What can you add to make it smell better? I have used this for almost a year and it is wonderful! I like the smell of this but my mother would like a stronger scent. I use an added little scoop of oxy clean if clothes are really soiled with grease and hard to clean GA mud.
TAYLORLIV31 6/26/2010 11:08:00 PM

    Thanks this is great!
CEPEARL 6/26/2010 6:08:00 PM

    this i have to try........

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