Monday, September 23, 2013

Homemade Laundry Soap, Finally!

I've been meaning to make my own laundry soap for a while now. Proof, just read this post about my 12 Goals for 2012 and you'll see that #10 is "make my own cleaning supplies". But I never got around to making any cleaning supplies in 2012 and so I put it on my list of 13 Goals for 2013. And then I procrastinated for months and months and now that it's finally the middle of September and I realize that I'm quickly running out of time to complete my goals, I decided it was time to make some laundry soap.

I won't even tell you how long I've had the ingredients sitting in my cupboard waiting to be used. It's embarrassing.

I used this recipe from DIY Natural because it looked simple and had good reviews.

And simple it was. One cup of Borax, one cup of washing soda, 1 1/2 bars of Ivory soap (depending on size) and you just shake it all up until it looks like this.

Pretty easy, eh? I thought so.

Except I thought that my container needed a little sprucing up since it was just boring and blah. So I used some of my creativity and made a cute little sign to go on it.

But I didn't think ahead enough to take a picture of it before putting it on the container. Or making the writing smaller so you can see it all. Oh well, you get the idea.

I've already used my new laundry soap twice, once on a load of Dan's work clothes and once on a load of bed sheets. Both times my clothes came out smelling and feeling clean, so I call this soap a success!

Next up, bathroom cleaner. 


  1. Would you say making your own soap is cheaper?

    Honestly, I am pretty sure Id accidentally grate cheese on the grater after making the soap. hahaha

  2. sweet! When will you try it out on your clothes? :p

  3. Casey - Yes, it's definitely cheaper. I didn't calculate by how much since I don't have the receipts for the borax and washing soda (I bought them too long ago) but it's for sure cheaper. And I totally bought an old grater from a second hand shop specifically for soap.

    Jackie - I tried it on my clothes this morning!

  4. Hi I just found your blog last night! Love the idea of making your own laundry soap and will be making this after my next grocery run!

  5. Erin - I'm so glad you found my blog! Do you mind me asking how you found it? I always like to hear how people come across it. :) And good luck making your laundry soap, let me know how it turns out for you!

  6. I found you by doing a google search for house wife blogs! I am always interested in learning new projects so I was looking for some inspiration,being home all day we have to find fun ways to keep us busy!

  7. Erin - I'm glad that my blog came up! I hope that you enjoy it and find ideas on how to keep yourself busy at home as well. Take a look around and let me know if you have any questions or feedback!

  8. where did you find the washing soda? I finally found some Borax in stock at Giant Tiger but can't find the washing soda anywhere!

  9. Karen - It took me forever to find the washing soda! I was told that Walmart carries it but never had much luck there. I finally found it at Charlotte Pantry, a small little local deli/grocery store we have in town.