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DIY Laundry Soap

Make your own laundry soap and save money in the process.  This easy to make recipe for homemade laundry soap will do the job of your regular detergent, last longer (up to a year,) and cost under $25.
Author: Lisa Kerhin


  • 1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax
  • 1 3 lb 7 oz box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
  • 1 3 lb container unscented OxyClean
  • 2 14.1 oz bars Pink Zote Soap (I chose to do pink for the scent but the white would be just fine)
  • 1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  • 1-2 55 oz bottles Purex Crystals Fabric Softener (This is optional but adding the amount that I did, didn't leave a perfume smell and the towels were soft, too)


  • Grate Zote soap with cheese grater or food processor. (**Update: readers have told me about the already grated Zote soap flakes and one box is equal to 2 bars - only comes in white but I love it.)
  • Mix all ingredients together in a large bucket. I layer some of each of the products and mix as I go, makes the mixing process a little easier.
  • Use 2 -4 Tablespoons per laundry load, depending on the size of the loads. I use 2 Tablespoons and it works great.