Homemade Laundry Soap and Other Helpful Recipes for the Laundry Room


“These recipes can help you save money on all the things needed in the laundry room.”


We all use laundry soap and need it in our everyday lives. For those of us who like to sew, you know that means extra washing for all that fabric destined for the sewing machine. These recipes can help you save money on all the things needed in the laundry room. Think of it as more money in your pocket for fabric! Let’s get started.

The first recipe is for a basic laundry soap which is safe for top and front loaders but please read your washing machine manual for recommendations before using this soap.


Laundry Soap


You will need:

Essential oils – scent of your choice – 20 drops

1 bar of soap – shredded

1 cup of borax

1 cup of washing soda


Using a large bowl, gently mix all of the ingredients together and store in an airtight container. Use 1-2 tablespoons of soap per washing load.



Fabric softener isn’t always necessary, but it is nice to use with large towels or bedding. Again, please consult your washing machine manual before use.


Fabric Softener


You will need:

½ cup Epsom Salt

Essential oil – scent of your choice – combined to make 40 drops

1 cup warm water

1 cup baking soda

6 cups warm white vinegar


Add the essential oils to the salt and stir to combine.  In a very large bowl (large enough to hold about 9 cups) dissolve the salt with warm water. Once salt is dissolved add the baking soda and warm vinegar. Stir until completely dissolved.  Store in a glass container with a lid as you will need to share before each use. Use ½ cup per washing load.


There is nothing better than a freshly starched shirt! This recipe is super easy and quick. Always test a patch of fabric with the spray in a hidden location before spraying the entire garment.



Spray Starch


You will need:

2 cups warm water

1 tablespoon cornstarch


Mix the cornstarch with the warm water until completely dissolved. Pour into a clean spray bottle.  Shake bottle before use. Lightly spray clothing before ironing.

Dryer sheets smell so good! These diy dryer sheets provide that fresh scent without any of those harsh chemicals of the store bought brands. Please consult your dryer manual before using these dryer sheets.


Dryer Sheets


You will need:

Small squares of cotton fabric

1 cup white vinegar

Essential oil of your choice – combined to make 20 drops


Mix vinegar with essential oils. Lightly dampen cotton fabric squares with vinegar mixture. Store in an airtight container. Use 1 fabric square in the dryer with each load.


Do you have any favorite homemade laundry soap recipes? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!



Writer: Terra


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