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How to make Homemade HE Laundry Soap

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When it comes to my family’s laundry I am sort of a snob. I only use Dreft, all natural products, or my own homemade soap. I don’t like all the chemicals and additives in all the main line brands. Nothing against them, they just aren’t for me. While my family is not chemical free or fully 100% organic, I try to make changes that will benefit us in the long term, and by reducing our chemical intake, I believe, will be extremely beneficial. I could probably step up my laundry game and become even more eco-friendly with the likes of a Yirego portable washing machine. But that’ll be a post for another day if I decide to take on the challenge. For now, let’s talk soap.

I researched and spoke with trusted friends and sources. I finally came up with my own concoction. I needed my soap to be safe for a high efficiency washing machine. The machines now a days have super smart computers in them. They can read, calculate and measure way beyond anything a simple mind like mind could imagine. The main issue with soaps, and what can and cannot be used in these washers, is the suds factor. If the suds grow and spread out too much the machines computer will be thrown off and the clothes will not be washed properly. It can also result in an overflow! No one ever wants to walk into their laundry area with an overflowing scarey shaking washing machine! You also risk breaking your washing machine, which would be a disaster. Although, it is pretty easy to find a repair company – just search online for appliance repairs and your location, e.g. Domestic Appliance Repairs London. But nevertheless, the last thing you want is a broken washing machine.


By using the correct ingredients and ratios you can avoid the unwanted suds and not harm your machine.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Bar of Fels-Naptha
  • Borax Detergent Booster
  • Super Washing Soda

Your ratio will be:

1 shredded bar of Fels-Naptha (2 cups shredded)

2 cups of Borax

2 cups of Super Washing Soda

Mix well & use 2 to 3 tablespoons per load depending on size of load.


* I have had no issues with my clothing or washing machine. However, I am not responsible for any damage/harm done to your clothing, machinery or user. If any physical reactions occur please contact your primary care doctor immediately.

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  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    Would this work in my regular washing machine?? Would this work good for sensitive skin??? Im looking for a change from our normal free and clear stuff!!

    April 25, 2015 at 7:06 pm
    • Reply mamathefox

      Hi Amber,
      Yes, it will work in a regular washer too. I used to with my old washer too for years. I would say yes that its good for sensitive skin, but I would do a test batch first as I am not an expert 😉 I hope you like it as much as I have.

      April 25, 2015 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply kath g

    I’m glad you had the patience to figure this out, so I can copy it. Thanks. (I am in total agreement with you about getting away from all the chemicals as much as we can.)

    May 12, 2015 at 9:09 am
  • Reply Amy Huff

    Thank you for sharing your recipe! 🙂 I’m excited to try it out.

    April 14, 2016 at 11:52 pm
  • Reply Nancy Burgess

    Sounds simple enough to make I’ll try it.Love your disclaimer.

    November 5, 2016 at 9:38 pm
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