Natural Laundry Cleaning Product Recipes

Natural Laundry Cleaning Product Recipes Expensive chemical laden laundry products can not only damage our environment, but also the clothes we are trying to clean and protect. With these easy recipes, you can make your own laundry detergent both cheaper and safer.


Laundry Booster and Softener

Add a cup of white vinegar to your washer’s rinse cycle for a frugal laundry booster. This will whiten your whites, brighten your colors, eliminate static cling, remove lint, prevent the dye in new clothing from running, kill bacteria, remove soap residue from fabric and your washing machine, soften your laundry and neutralize any odors.


Laundry Detergent Recipes

(Laundry recipes courtesy of Soaps Gone Buy – Ingredients can also be purchased from them)

Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe 1:

3 Pints Water
1/3 bar grated Fels Naptha Soap
1/2 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (NOT baking soda)
1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
2 Gallon bucket to mix it in
1 Quart hot water Hot Water

Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints hot water and heat on low until dissolved. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat. Add 1 Quart Hot Water to 2 gallon Bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Fill bucket completely with additional hot water, and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. You may add additional HOT water if the mixture becomes too thick. Mix Well before each use. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load. Makes 64 loads. Cost per load .03.


Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe 2:

1 bar grated Fels Naptha Soap
5 gallon bucket
1 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (NOT baking soda)
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
4 1/2 gallons water

Put grated Fels Naptha in saucepan and cover with water. Heat on low until dissolved. Fill bucket with hot water and add soap. Stir to combine. Add 1 cup washing soda and 1 cup borax and mix well. As it cools, it will thicken. If mixture becomes too thick, add hot water to thin it to desired consistency. May be used immediately. Mix well before each use. Use 1/2 (normal) to 1 cup per load (heavy). Cost per load .04.


Powdered Laundry Detergent Recipe:

1 cup grated Fels Naptha Soap
1/2 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (NOT baking soda)
1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax

Mix and store in airtight container or bag. For light or small loads, use 1 tablespoon. For normal loads, use 2 tablespoons. For heavy loads, use 3 tablespoons. Cost per load .15.

To make a large batch – grate 6 bars of Fels Naptha Soap and then add 3 cups of Washing Soda and 3 cups of 20 Mule Team Borax. Mix well and store in covered container.


TIP: The above recipes will NOT make suds in your washer so don’t be alarmed. Fels Naptha Soap is a pure soap and typically makes little or no suds in the water. This makes it perfect for use in the new HE washers as well as traditional washers. You will also notice the need to either reduce your laundry softener or in most cases you can even eliminate the use of softener completely.


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12 Comments on “Natural Laundry Cleaning Product Recipes
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  2. Fels naptha, octagon, zote, all the laundry bar soaps are low sudsing and are fine for HE washers-your front loaders, Use Zote for babies. Fels Naptha and Octagon have a lot of chemicals in it. the original makers-brothers-actually added ingredients to the old old formula and actualy it has been stated to contain an ingredient that can cause cancer and skin irritation. that is why it is good for acne. Zote. Lirio, or any laundry bar soap from Latino stores or Afro-Carribbean stores are good for washing clothes and safe. You want pure soap or lye soap-the lye is used up in the soap making process so it is not an issue in the final product.

  3. All the ingredients in modern Fels Naptha are listed on their website: . It used to contain a very harsh ingredient called Stoddard’s Solution or something like that, but supposedly doesn’t anymore. I think they changed the spelling slightly to reflect that. In any event, you should use only a tiny amount in your laundry. I use mine to pre-treat stains, then use my regular laundry powder mix, which contains maybe 6 times the combined amounts of borax, washing soda and baking soda as Fels.

  4. Fels Naptha is a solid bar laundry soap. Lazarus Fels started the company in 1861. In 1893, naphtha was added to the original soap. Naptha is a petroleum derivative also called Stoddard Solvent. With the addition of naphtha, the soap soon became a household name as a remarkable laundry soap. It is also known for preventing poison ivy and healing rashes. It is a common ingredient in homemade laundry detergent. Does this Spark an idea?

  5. Use one-half cup of homemade Fels Naptha laundry soap for each large load. Add more or less according to the softness or hardness level of the water and according to the amount of soil in the fabric. Experiment with various amounts and find the perfect solution. A laundry booster can be added if the fabric is extremely dirty.

  6. The bar itself is quite interesting. It is 2 1/4 by 5 inches, which conforms with the size of its wrapping paper. The coloring is almost neon bright, and appears to be a flourescent yellow-orange in house lighting, and resembles the shading of police tape or municipal signs when examined under the harsh glare of sunlight. This is quite different from the soft whites of Ivory and Lux, or the mellow cream of tone. Even the crayon colors of Dial for Kids seem mellow compared to this laundry bar. A bar of this color would be a bold way to start one’s day. The shape is that of an elongated brick, with firm squared-off sides. The front and back of the soap are indented by less than a centimeter, and it looks as if there is a slighly raised border of about a centimeter surrounding the soasp. Inside the indentation is the Fels-Naptha logo, lacking the 25 lines and the overhanging rectangular bars seen on the front. The rest of the soap is blank and uninteresting. The soap’s odor is remarkably similar to that of Lux, which had the scent of baby powder to it. There is also a strong, strong chemical edge to it, more like a toilet cleaning fluid than a laundry detergent. I don’t like the soap’s odor at all, as it is much too strong. Due to the size, odor and color of the bar, I’d say it has more differences from regular soaps than it has similarities.

  7. I think this is great for removing stains, but it contains animal fat instead of vegetable fat. I’ve used it in my homemade laundry detergent recipe, and it does work well. I hope to find something without animal products in it as a substitute. I would recommend it to anyone who isn’t concerned about animal by-products in their soap, but it’s not for me.

  8. The soap comes packaged in paper similar to bar body soap and is most often found in the laundry section of a supermarket or grocery store. It is intended for the pre-treatment of stains by rubbing the dampened product on a soiled area prior to laundering. The manufacturer claims it to be most effective in removing chocolate, baby formula, perspiration, and make-up.

  9. Use one-half cup of homemade Fels Naptha laundry soap for each large load. Add more or less according to the softness or hardness level of the water and according to the amount of soil in the fabric. Experiment with various amounts and find the perfect solution. A laundry booster can be added if the fabric is extremely dirty.

  10. We’ve always had a bar of Fels-Naptha soap in the laundry room sink, for scrubbing our hands after one of those tough outside or garage jobs that involves lots of dirt and/or oil. It’s the only soap that can really clean our hands.However, cat owners might also consider a bar of Fels-Naptha soap for the following tasks:–For those cats who like to chew on electrical cords (especially the thin wires on Christmas trees), try rubbing the wires with a bar of Fels-Naptha Soap. Since I started this practice, our Christmas tree lights have stayed lit all season, instead of suddenly going dark a day or two after the tree is decorated.–Rubbing a wet Fels-Naptha bar around the top of your plastic garbage bag where it sticks out from the garbage can, also keeps plastic-chewing cats from making holes in your garbage bag, and keeps the plastic from clogging up their digestive tracts.–If you don’t mind your stuffed furniture smelling like Fels-Naptha, it will also keep cats from clawing that expensive upholstery. Fels-Naptha is also much cheaper than the sprays that are sold to do the same job, and frankly I think the soap smells better than the sprays.

  11. Several recipes call for using Fels-Naptha as an ingredient in homemade laundry soap along with borax and laundry soda; this mix eliminates the added agents in modern washing powder, although it can be time-intensive. An easier mixture calls for a dry combination of one cup each of Fels-Naptha, washing soda and borax, which is more convenient to store for multiple uses, and just takes a couple of teaspoons to get laundry clean.

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