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Save Money by Skipping the Laundry Detergent Isle and Start Making Your Own at Home

laundry soap recipe

Being a prepper usually means being frugal. Not only being frugal, but also resourceful and willing to make your own items at home instead of going the traditional society route and hitting up the grocery store every time there’s a scare of a major storm or other event.

We all know that our local stores only have enough food for 3 days and it will be wiped out in a mater of hours if a true SHTF situation happens.

Why not be prepared for an off grid event by making your own laundry soap. Yes, I know, if the power is out your Maytag won’t be working, you can either go the solar power route or you may find yourself doing laundry by hand. Either way, you will need something to clean those clothes.

Even if we’re not talking post apocalyptic event, maybe we’re just looking at saving money and being more natural. Then making your own laundry soap falls into that category as well.

Save Money

Those with High Efficiency washers know how pricey HE detergents can be and how fast that laundry bill adds up. Because these washers use less water, they require a special soap that doesn’t produce as many suds as the typical detergent.

If you think your machine requires a soap too special for DIY, think again. This homemade detergent produces a very small amount of suds, so it’s a perfect match for these machines. As an added bonus, one recipe makes a nice big batch, and each wash load only requires one to two tablespoons. That means you’ll be able to stretch one batch out for months without having to buy new detergent!


If you have sensitive skin, you might have trouble choosing a detergent that doesn’t bother your skin. Or perhaps the sensitive skin versions are a higher cost than you’d like to spend. This recipe is incredibly versatile, and you can simply substitute the bar of soap for a more organic option that you know won’t irritate your skin.

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe


  • 5 gallon bucket (with a lid if possible)
  • One 76 oz. box of Borax (Find this in the detergent aisle)
  • One 55 oz. box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (Find this in the detergent aisle)
  • One 4 lb. box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  • Two bars of Zote Soap (Find this in the detergent aisle. Choose white for unscented or pink for scented. May substitute for any natural soap, though Zote is a great choice for laundry.)
  • 3 lb. container OxyClean Stain Remover (Optional)
  • 1 bottle Purex Fabric Softener Crystals (Optional)


  1. Finely grate the Zote soap. Use a cheese grater or even a food processor!
  2. Add the grated soap and all other ingredients into your bucket. Using a layering method will help to ensure an even mix.
  3. Use a large spoon to stir together all ingredients. Mix thoroughly.
  4. For each load, you will need 1-2 tablespoons of this mixture. Add your homemade detergent directly to the drum before adding clothing. This soap will dissolve in both hot and cold washes.
  5. Store the detergent in a bucket with a lid or cover with plastic wrap. Stir unused mixture at least once a month to prevent hardening.

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