Making Homemade Laundry Soap

Stop buying commercial detergents and create your own personal laundry soap.

| February 2018

DIY Artisanal Soaps (Adams Media, 2016), by Alicia Grosso equips readers with everything they need to begin making their own beautiful soaps right at home. Grosso lists the main ingredients needed, plus recipes on how to personalize your soaps to be perfect for your home. In this excerpt, she explains how to make your own laundry soap.

Since you won’t be using this soap on your hands, you can use an all-coconut, completely saponified recipe. You can add essential or fragrance oil, if you like. You can even buy fragrance oil that smells like a famous detergent.


• 1 pound soap
• 8 ounces water
• 12 ounces lye
• 4 pounds coconut oil
• 1–3 tablespoons essential oil or fragrance oil (optional)


1. Make the batch as usual.

2. Cut the block into small pieces and spread them out on a drying rack.

3. When those pieces are dry and firm, run them through the grater blade on your food processor.

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