Handmade Laundry Soaps

This past summer I started making my own laundry soap, and I’d love to share with you!

At my Etsy Shop I’ve added listings for various sized packets of homemade laundry soap.  Choose from a sample pack of 10 loads, up to 150 loads.  All come simply packaged, ready to pour into your own container, whether it be a beautiful antique jar or an old bucket.  You will love the difference with the more natural soap blend than the commercially made!!

Have you been looking for a safer, more natural soap for your wash? 
During this last summer, I decided to try making my own laundry soaps, as I honestly was not impressed with the excessive sudsing, and the commercial soap left my clothes so dingy and sapped the color out of newly purchased items.  I’m a budget conscious mom, so the prospect of having my newly bought clothes look old and dingy in one wash was not appealing, and then paying an arm and leg to get the soap to make my clothes look like that was even less appealing.
I put together my own blend based on an old fashioned recipe, and was immediately impressed with how bright my colored clothing turned out and how white my whites were!  My whites looked brand new, even the ones I knew were a few years old! 
So, I went on and tried this blend in an HE washer, which uses low to no sudsing soaps, and it worked wonderfully.  I tried it in a top loading older machine and had the same results.  I even used the old fashioned scrub board and hand washed pieces, and am very very happy with the results! 
The soap is very easy on the hands, leaves no residue/film, and a little goes a long way!  Use only a tablespoon of powder for a large load!  It’s safe for allergy sufferers, and great for those with sensitive skin issues.  My own children have not had the rashes they used to have with commercial brands since we switched.  You may not want a liquid softener with this soap as well, as it softens nicely, but it is entirely up to your tastes.
You can add your own scent to the soap as well, by simply adding drops of essential oils to the powder mix.  I do not add to my own, but I would think a nice lavendar, lilac, or rose would be lovely.
This is hand shredded and mixed, and packaged simply in order to save you cost.  Pour the powder into your own pretty container or bucket (I use ugly 5 gallon buckets for mine, but prettiness is not a factor for my own use).  An antique jar would make a beautiful powder container!  And there’s plenty of them floating around here at Etsy!
This blend is great on your pipes, and I’ve noticed it keeps my drains open and free flowing.  I use it in the kitchen as well, as it is versatile for cleaning not only laundry, but can be used in washing dishes by hand or dishwasher, floors, countertops, bathtubs, toilets, etc.  I use this all over the house with great results.  I’ve been trying to get away from more commercial cleaners, and I’ve found a winner in this!   

150 Load Package

40 Load Package

80 Load Package

60 Load Package

Sample Package, does up to 10 loads

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7 thoughts on “Handmade Laundry Soaps

  1. Now this sounds really interesting, I wonder if you can list the actual ingredients or if that would be like giving away the recipe. I am always looking for more natural ways to clean.

    • It’s Fels Naptha (shredded to perfection), Mule Team Borax, and Arm and Hammer Washing Soda, and Baking Soda. Different amounts of each, and I learned early on which ones to use less of in order to not bleach out my colors! LOL Won’t be making that mistake again lol. The recipe floats all over the net, just don’t see it much for sale already ready to use. I plan on taking out jars of the liquid version of this to Farmer’s Market as well. I liquify mine, to a very thick concentrate, for our home use, selling it as powder form for shipping ease. I love this mix and make it by the 5 gallon buckets–it lasts us about 3 to 6 months. And each time I melt it for liquid, it boils over and cleans the stove top. 🙂

  2. I think that’s cool that you offer this ready made. I make my own, too 🙂 🙂 It’s so great for my clothes…AND it’es pennies per load compared to buying a store-brand 🙂 Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂

  3. Nice post, I have been making soap since 2010 and there is nothing better….. our signature soap is Olive Oil Soap….check it out sometime….luv ur work.


    • Thank you 🙂 A year??!? I envy you! LOL I’m at around 5 to 6 mos on my stash. I’ve started taking it to the laundrymat, and getting some odd looks–not many folks show up with an ice cream bucket of yellow soap LOL!


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