Laundry soap test

As the quest for a better, simpler way continues, I whipped up a batch of laundry soap today.  Using 100g of my hand made soap shavings, a bit extra potash to saponify the excess oils, some washing soda, some borax and water, I made laundry soap.  It works very well! 

It’s a bit more granuloma than I expected. I will admit that it needs a little something more.  Actually, not necessarily.  I haven’t checked on the second load (the dryer load) but the one that was on the clothes line in this cold/cloudy day, they smell… Well, like clothes.  They don’t have a scent and that’s DESPITE using heavily scented fabric softener. So chances are the dryer version will turn out a lot better on the scent front.  

The REAL test will be Lee wearing his clothes.  He has sensitive skin and even stuff like TIDE gets him itchy.  There’s a few brands out there he tolerates but at this point, the preferred choice is from a brand my parents joined years ago.  They won’t mention their ingredients which seems strange to me because as far as I know, in Canada at least, soaps need an INCI ingredients list.  A lot of the INCI names seem scary but if you look them up, they end up being stuff like saponified avocado oil and such.  I can only assume they don’t want their followers to look up their ingredients and find non-naturals in there. Either way, it works for us and therefore, that’s what we buy.

Until now anyway.  This would be SO much cheaper and we’d use just as little bit it has to work for our family so we’ll see later this week.

I will admit that if it works for us (it should as it is Soap and cleaning products) I will see if I can make a gel like cube because this had a lot of water in it and it would only make sense to have less water and more laundry soap!  

Enjoy these couple of photos!

Laundry soap with room for re-mixing if it seperates
Small bottle on its side to show it’s still a bit granulous.

Recipe for laundry soap:

  • 100g of soap shavings
  • 2x 1l water
  • 1½ cups Borax
  • 2 cups washing soda


  • Glycerine
  • Lye or potash to soft excess fat if using hand made soap like me.
  • Essential or fragrance oil


  1. Melt soap in 1l water in stovetop (if you know the amount of superfat and the recipe, you can pass the recipe through a calculator and add the missing hydroxide in this water.)
  2. Remove from heat
  3. Add Borax and soda
  4. Mix thoroughly for a couple of minutes.
  5. Let sit and cool for 15 minutes
  6. Mix again and add a table spoon glycerine if you’d like.  I’m not sure to which extent but it apparently homogenises the mixture.
  7. Add the essential or fragrance oil if you’d like to use.
  8. Stir in the second 1l of water

    And that’s it!

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