Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap – A Picture Tutorial


Who doesn’t love to save money?  I know we do!

One of the easiest money saving DIYs we do in our household is to make our own laundry soap! We’ve been making our own laundry soap for almost 2 years and it’s very easy.  The best part – it ends up costing less than a penny per load and works better than store bought laundry soap!

Here’s what you need:


  • 1 cup of Washing Soda

  • 1 cup Borax

  • 1 bar of laundry soap such as Fels-Naptha (other laundry/castile soap can be substituted such as Dr. Bronner’s, Linda’s, Sunlight, etc.)

  • A bucket (we use an old 4.54kg cat food pail).

We buy our Washing Soda and Borax at our local No Frills and we bulk purchase the Fels-Naptha when we go to the United States since we haven’t been able to find it in Canada and I love its smell and cleaning power so much!  Laundry soap bars can be purchased in the laundry isle of your grocery store.


First things first, we grate the Fels Naptha bar.  Here, you can see that I started using our new to us food processor (thanks Pat & Justine) but the bar of soap was too hard and it started smoking a little or as Mike would say, I “let the smoke out”.  I continued grating the bar by hand.

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Homemade Natural Dishwasher Detergent

We have been looking for quite some time for a good homemade natural dishwasher detergent. I have made recipes that came very close, but either they wouldn’t clean our dishes very well or leave a cloudy residue on our dishes no matter what rinse agent we tried.

Well, we finally found the perfect recipe!

Today, I’ll show you how to make your very own homemade natural dishwasher liquid, for pennies a load! (see the cost breakdown below)

Here is what you will need:



  • 3 Cups of Water (Tap worker works fine!)
  • 1 1/4 Cups of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (Not Baking Soda!)
  • 3 Tbs Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap (We use Peppermint and it smells amazing!) Do not substitute with other castille soaps- they are not the same
  • Regular Quart Mason Jar with a Lid

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