I am a big, big, BIG fan of pretty much every Purex brand product out there, including Fels-Naptha. While I love Purex detergent, I also love making my own laundry soap recipe for a more natural laundry soap. (recipe and instructional video below) And all it takes is 3 little products, sometimes 4, with a rinse of white distilled vinegar. Don’t worry, there is NO vinegar scents left in your clothes and it only takes a tiny bit. I use a Downy fabric softener ball and it releases it for me during the rinse cycle. So easy. Sometimes I make my own soap especially for use in laundry soap, but for the most part, I just grab a bar of Fels-Naptha at Wal-Mart. It’s less than a dollar and goes a long way in laundry soap!
Disclosure: I received complimentary product as a Purex Insider for review purposes. All opinions are strictly my own.
What is Fels-Naptha?
So it is a really useful ingredients in homemade laundry soap. It does all the stain fighting! The other 2 ingredients I use are Arm & Hammer Washing Soda and Purex’s 20 Mule Team Borax (*NOTE this is NOT the same as Boric Acid.) Both are found in the laundry detergent aisle. I mentioned that I sometimes use a 4th ingredient. And I do. Sometimes, I will add a bottle of Purex Crystals for Baby. I love the fragrance and softness, these leave in my clothes.
For stain fighting, the Purex Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar works really well. If one of us has spilled something on our clothes, I will pre-treat with the Purex Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar, let it sit a few minutes, or until I’m ready to do a load of laundry, then wash using 2TBS – 1/3 cup of the homemade laundry soap, depending on laod size. So far, the stains have come out every time and our clothes are fresh, colors are bright and they smells wonderful!
Now for my homemade Laundry Soap recipe. I prefer a powdered version over a liquid. It stores easier and it easier to use.
I have an instructional video but I’m having trouble getting it uploaded. I’ll get it added to this post next week. I also have more photos of the actual recipe to add to this post. I’ll also be making an individual page here on the blog for this and other recipes.
Laundry Soap Recipe
Handmade Laundry Soap
- 1 bar or 4.5 ounces Fels-Naptha (grated and crumbled)
- 1 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax
- 1 cup of washing soda Arm & Hammer
- Grate the Fels-Naptha into a large container
- Crumble grates soap peels with fingers
- Add 1 Cup 20 Mule Team Borax
- Add One Cup washing soda.
- Mix together well
- Add 2 TBSP - 1/3 C to laundry
Now I’ve heard that this recipe is perfect for HE washing machines because there is no suds. Suds aren’t what get you clean. They just make the soap seem like it is doing more. The soap cleans regardless of suds. Just so you know. Either way, do your research and use your OWN judgement before using it in your machine. We aren’t responsible for damages. We’re only sharing a recipe the we personally use and love.
Is Borax safe? Yes, I think so. Don’t ingest it. It’s a natural ingredient but even natural ingredients can be harmful when consumed or breathed in. It is a powder as is the washing soda. So use with precautions when adding it to your recipe and laundry. I did a little research and came across this Borax article by Crunchy Betty that has some details on Borax safety.
Is washing soda safe? Yes, I think so. Same as with Borax. It is soda, like baking soda so use precautions and do not inhale or ingest.
At the end of the day, you have to make up your own mind about the safety of anything. I can’t do it for you. All I can say is that I personally use this soap and love it. Again, we can’t be held responsible if you don’t use it properly. I’m just saying.
Now, with all that said, GO! Make some laundry soap and enjoy! Let me know if you use our Laundry Soap Recipe!!!!
Hi! I’m Crystal Martin, a stay at home mom of 4, living in KY with my high school sweetheart husband of 20+ years. My husband and I are co-bloggers at Cinnamon Hollow where we write about homesteading, travel, beauty, our lives with our kids and pets, fun and free printables as well as the products and services that make our lives just a little bit easier – and a lot more fun!
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