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Laundry Soap Bar Beginner's Recipe

By: Eloisa De Oliveira from
Laundry Soap Bar Beginners Recipe
Laundry Soap Bar Beginners Recipe
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Sometimes, for stubborn stains, there’s nothing that beats washing with a laundry soap bar. This Laundry Soap Bar Beginner’s Recipe requires just five ingredients. It’s an easy and cheap recipe to make. Use your recycled cooking oil to make laundry soap and help the environment. So, save your used cooking oil for this DIY cleaning product. Note: it is very important to follow the proper security procedures for this recipe, since lye (caustic soda) is quite corrosive. You will be sure to fall in love with this soap. Happy soapmaking!


Primary TechniqueCandlemaking/Soapmaking


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • 1/4 gallon warm water
  • 1/4 cup powder soap
  • 1 lb lye
  • 67 oz warmed recycled cooking oil (you can use unused cooking oil)
  • Essential oil (opcional)
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I have always wanted to make my own laundry soap but not sure of using the lye. It scares me because it is so dangerous. This is a good tutorial with a great video (not in English but it has it translated on bottom of screen) on the whole process and it is well done. If I can get over this lye fear I will try it. I think I will use lavender essential oil.

This type of laundry soap would have been a great thing to have when my house was filled with kids. Now that my husband and I are empty nesters, we have little need for a product like this. However, this would be a great gift to give during the holidays.

I have never made this type of laundry soap before but it sounds a lot like the lye soap recipe that my Grandmother would make. I can remember the very last bar she gave me. I never thought to ask for the recipe and never thought about making any until now. Thanks for the recipe.

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