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Make Your Own Laundry Soap Really Cheap -- Works Great



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.

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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.

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  • Can this be used in high efficiency washing machines? - by WEBBS4U
  • 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! - by MARYELLEN301
  • 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) - by SUSIEMILO
  • 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. - by SUSIEMILO
  • 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. - by 2TM2TM
  • Thanks this is great! - by TAYLORLIV31
  • this i have to try........ - by CEPEARL

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