Monday, April 20, 2009

Laundry Soap

I received this recipe for laundry soap. The dry ingredients are easy to put in storage and you can mix it up whenever you need.

Items needed:
* A 5 Gallon Bucket to store detergent in
*1 Bar Zote Soap (may also use Fels Naptha)
*1 1/2 Cups Arm and Hammer washing Soda
*1 1/2 Cups Twenty Mule Team Borax
*Lots of water

Heat 12 cups of water in large pot. Grate Zote soap and add to water. Stir until soap melts. Add washing soda and Borax--ingredients will foam--stir until everything is dissolved. (Approximately 5 minutes). Remove from heat. Heat 8 cups of water in separate container and place in 5 gallon bucket. Add soap mixture and stir. Add 2 gallons plus 12 more cups of water and stir. You may add 1-2 oz of essential oil for scent if desired.

Cover and let set for 24 hours. Stir a few times over the first few hours of sitting so mixture does not thicken too much.

Use 1/2 cup per load of laundry. Great for sensitive skin. Detergent will not be sudsy in washing machine. Total cost is approximately 1 cent per load.

Products can be found in most grocery store laundry aisles. In Utah, Macey's stocks all the items. Even if you don't use it on a daily/weekly basis it is a handy recipe to have on hand in case of an emergency. You can store dry ingredients indefinitely. Make sure to buy multiple Zote bars to go with one box of of other items.

My disclaimer is that I have not yet tried this out, but it appears from the ingredient list that it would probably work quite well. If someone gets around to trying it before me let us know how you like it.


  1. I would like to try this. Glad you posted it.

  2. My mom has been trying this recipe out. She said that she was able to find Zote soap at authentic Latino markets.

  3. I use the Fels Naptha and I LOVE it! Great product and soooo cheap. I've been using it for several months now and won't ever buy regular laundry detergent again.