There are many recipes for laundry soap out there and I’ve found a combination that works really well with the hard water in my area.
Make your own laundry soap- great for hard water

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I never planned to make my own laundry soap.  It didn’t seem that much better (it is), or cheaper (it is), or worth the hassle- but it really is!  I changed my mind when I realized that week after week, my laundry smelled like it just came out of storage within a day or two of being washed.  I tried different products that should have freshened things up, but they never worked.  I finally realized it was caused by my water- we have a very high mineral content in my area.  We have VERY hard water and apparently it really affects the freshness of my laundry.  I decided I was tired of smelling like an old closet and gave homemade laundry soap a try.

This laundry soap is low/non-foaming, so it’s safe for HE washers. Experiment with the amount you use – front loaders need less than top loaders, and I vary the amount for size of load and how soiled the clothes are.  In a front loader, for an average load use 1-2 Tbsp. Top loaders will need at least ¼ c. DO NOT use with bleach! OxiClean and Bleach don’t play well together.


1 box Borax (4 lb. 12 oz.)

1 box OxiClean (3 lb.)

1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (3 lb. 7 oz.)

5 lbs. Baking Soda 2 (14.1 oz.) bars Pink Zote Soap, grated

Gain Fireworks (26.5 oz.), Original Scent


Combine the ingredients and you’re set for clean laundry that smells great!

Alternate ingredients

This recipe can easily be changed to fit your tastes and laundry needs.  I chose this combination because it works so well with mineral-filled water. Instead of Zote Soap, use 4 bars Fels Naptha Soap, grated Instead of Gain, use 1 container Downy Unstopables (19.5 oz.) Other scents can be substituted as well.

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Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe- color   Homemade Laundry Soap for Hard Water

See my tips for making laundry soap here!

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