Recipe for How to Make Homemade Laundry Bar Soap

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 1/2 pts. of water

  • Mixing bowl

  • 1 can lye

  • Spatula

  • 5 1/2 lbs. lard

  • Cooking pot

  • Shallow pan

  • Knife

Lye laundry soap is a great stain remover and laundry freshener.

Making your own laundry soap at home is not only environmentally friendly but also extremely economical. With a few simple ingredients that may already be available in your home and a couple of quick steps, you can make your own laundry soap that works just as well as store-bought for less than half the price. When finished, you will have created a tough-stain-removing laundry bar soap that also freshens your laundry.


Step 1

Pour the water into the mixing bowl. Add the can of lye to the water slowly and allow it to dissolve. Stir together with the spatula.

Step 2

Melt the lard in the cooking pot and place it aside until its temperature cools to less than 115 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3

Pour water and lye mixture into the melted lard. Stir with the spatula.

Step 4

Pour the mixture very slowly into a shallow pan and allow it to harden. After it has cooled and hardened, cut soap into 2-inch by 2-inch squares with the knife.

Step 5

Use one 2-inch square per load of laundry.


Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a pleasant scent. Shave the square of soap before adding to laundry, if desired, so that it dissolves easier.


Handle lye with caution as it is a dangerous ingredient. Wear safety gloves and goggles and follow all instructions on lye packaging carefully.


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