The recipe…




Here it is, since you asked.   🙂   as well as a picture of the Simply Wonderful homemade laundry soap !!!   I took it to show, it is the ONLY thing I am using.  No more wasteful huge plastic jugs to end up in the landfill, no more fabric softener and no more ripped open boxes of dryer sheets.  None.  This is it and it is Simply Wonderful!!!    and makes the top of my laundry area, MUCH less “cluttered”  and all who know me well, know how much I hate clutter!!!!



1 bar Fels Naptha

1/2 cup Borax

1/2 cup Arm & Hammer washing soda.   (there are alot of products containing A & H, in different varieties.  Be SURE you get SIMPLY the item stated)  I have found it a challenge to find it, but look hard, it is worth it.  

Chop up the bar of Fels Naptha into chunks and put through a food processer.   You want to be it as close to a powder as you can possibly get it. 

Add to the Borax and Arm & Hammer washing soda.  

Stir well and keep in a covered container. 

Use about 2 Tbsp per load.  I just use the handy little scoop (thanks Kim) and eyeball it now.  

Simple as that.   I usually make about 3 or 4 batches at a time since I do SO much laundry and have the mess less often, but oh, it makes the kitchen smell WONDERFUL, fresh and clean while you are preparing it!!!!  ahhhhhhh

One more note that works best for me…..I use WARM water setting and add the laundry soap straight into the running water.  It does suds well if you add it this way, but not being a commercial “detergent” might not make mounds of suds, but that is fine.  Trust me, it is still getting your clothes CLEAN in alot better way!!!  

I would love to know how many of you are trying this, and of course, how much you LOVE it!!!  let me know if you have any questions, or want to me to make some FOR you!!!  I am also doing that for some of my customers.    🙂


191 Responses to “The recipe…”

  1. food-cook Says:

    great post!


  2. ol' lady Says:

    major awesome! thanks for the recipe! where in the world do i find those ingredients? and i also do NOT have a food processer. can i come to your house? i want to try this sooooo bad!

  3. LaVonne Says:

    Where did you find these ingredients in your town??? I am curious to know.

  4. simplyaltered Says:

    Originally ordered it all on-line through Tiff. Since then I was determined NOT to pay shipping etc etc, so I looked far and wide. Only to stumble across the ONLY two boxes of A & H was at Fareway (by chance, but I am sure they will now try to keep it on hand)
    Borax can be found at nearly any grocery store.
    Fels Naptha is only at Hy-Vee. We paid $1.60 on-line for these bars (plus shipping) and at Hy-Vee, they are only .96 !!!!!!! makes the bottom line even SWEETER!!!
    Borax and A & H washing soda are bigger boxes, and using only 1/2 cup per batch….they go a LONG ways. I think both are $2 to $3 a box maybe. HUGE savings!!! and MUCH more earth friendly way to do laundry!!!

    • mary forbis Says:

      so is the web site to order fels naptha

      • simplyaltered Says:

        I am not sure if you can get it from their website or not. You could try I think they have it readily available

  5. ranny Says:

    Ok. On my next day off I’m going to make this. But what is Fels Naptha? It sounds like something from India? But you can get it at Hy-Vee? Is it bar soap or what? I live in Cincinnati – can you reccommend a store in my area? I love to be Green. This is such a great idea!

    ps. Can you also send me that awesome antique jar to store my soap in?

    • simplyaltered Says:

      Fels Naptha is a bar soap, wrapped in paper. It is always at our local Hy-Vee, but you have to look hard as it is always on the very top shelf!! a very old stand by for laundry, still available after 100 years!!! look at the previous post, and you will see a picture of the wrapper by the mixing bowl, so you can see what you are looking for. And only .96 cents!!!
      Just doing my part. 🙂

  6. Christy Says:

    Since I have a feddish for the wonderful smell of laundry—was curious if you missed the fabric softener or sheets for the smell? I just might have to give this a shot. Don’t have a food processor, but I am sure someone in my family does.

    • simplyaltered Says:

      I have NEVER once missed using fabric softener sheets!!! never. and my clothes smell fresher than they ever have!! yeah!!

  7. stampit74 Says:

    I think you should throw in some grated orange peel! JUST KIDDING!!!! JUST KIDDING!!! I know, I don’t know why I think I need to attempt to be funny! lol WELL, you know they put orange something in that citra-sol that removes adhesive…and we need that! Now, figure out how to make that for me! hehe

    • K80 Says:

      Peanut butter removes most adhesives on glass plastics and metal. And no chemicals and most households have peanut butter. 🙂

  8. Heartburn Home Remedy Says:

    Not that I’m impressed a lot, but this is a lot more than I expected for when I stumpled upon a link on Digg telling that the info is awesome. Thanks.

  9. giraffe825 Says:

    Wouldn’t your food taste like Fels Naptha if you use a food processor?
    I don’t have one, so could I grate it on an extra grater I don’t use for food?

    • simplyaltered Says:

      Hi, and thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog.
      Actually I am using a food processor that I had stuck in the back of
      my closet, rarely used and have not since used it on anyting BUT the
      “Simply Wonderful” laundry soap. I will probably use it exclusively
      for that purpose from now on.
      You could use a grater if you needed to, but in all honesty, I would
      HIGHLY recommend a processor of some sorts. It gets it to a really
      fine powder, which then makes it easy to dissolve. I think discount
      stores sell them very inexpenively or if you like to hunt out garage
      sales, I am sure you could find one for a steal.

      Thanks again for your inquiry and feel free to subscribe to my blog
      (top right hand corner of home page) !!!
      Simply Altered

  10. Helen Says:

    Finally made “The Recipe”. I am VERY particular about my laundry. I cannot believe how soft my clothes are with this recipe for laundry soap with NO Fabric Softener added. We have very hard water. So far this soap does an above adverage job of cleaning.

    Question. Occasionally I need to use Chlorox (DH prefers I not because of our Septic System) for things like tomato sauce and fruit stains. Any hints on what is simple and works on these type stains?

    • simplyaltered Says:

      I usually just wet the fabric a little and let the laundry soap sit and penetrate it. Sometimes scrubbing it with a brush if it is really stubborn, but I ONLY have this laundry soap in the house, nothing else and it is SIMPLY WONDERFUL!!!!!!!

    • Juli Says:

      I also have a husband that says nay on bleach because of our septic system so I use baking soda …. straight soda and water. I make a paste and spread on the spot or stain, let set in for awhile then rinse and wash as usual. I always check the stain before throwing into the dryer. Sometimes it takes two applications but almost always works.

  11. Helen Says:

    One more question. Has anyone figured out the approximate cost per tablespoon or batch of the Laundry Soap Recipe?

  12. JWM Says:

    Would like to caution that this may NOT work well in frontloading low water use clothes washers. I used to use borax quite often when I had a top loader (it was WONDERFUL for soaking and disinfecting cloth diapers!!) and I used homemade laundry soap and loved it, but when I got a front loader eventually the borax in the homemade laundry soap clogged the drain up. Two cycles with hot water and dishwasher soap cleared the borax film out, but I have to be careful from now on.

    • simplyaltered Says:

      JWM. This recipe might differ slightly from the one you used (?) not sure, but it has been tried and tested and researched to work in front loading. Maybe the dispensed amount is adjusted, but I know I have many blog readers that have been using it for some time. It is definately low sudsing, and I have cautioned users with regular machines, to not be alarmed at that if they expect alot of suds.

  13. Lana Says:

    I was wondering what kind of machines you use. I have front loading machines that require “HE” detergent. I believe this is for the need for low suds/less detergent.

    I will say that our machines have dramatically cut our water usage. My husband works at Des Moines WaterWorks and our water use is now 1/2 that of a typical family of 2.

    P.S. – I heard about you on WHO-TV. I’m sure you’ll get lots of activity on your site. As another “Minimalist” I’d love to hear from you.

    I’m also chair of a group of crafters who make items for non-profit organizations. Thought you might be interested. If you are, let me know.

    P.P.S – If you aren’t aware of ReadyMade magazine you need to check it out at It’s right up your alley. In Fact, I think they now offer on-line only subscriptions.

    • simplyaltered Says:

      it is perfectly safe for front loading as well as septic systems, tried, tested and researched. I have many bloggers using it that way and they will never go back!! I am glad you saw me on WHO and relate a being a minimalist . I wish there were more of “us” but alot of people are still wrapped up in so much consumerism!! Funny you mention the Ready Made magazine!! honestly, I just purchased it a few days ago, and I love it!!!!!! lots of repurposed items!!! I want to make them all for my upcoming art show!!!! I definatley need to subscribe!!!!

  14. Debi Patrick Says:

    I’ve been making up the recipe (having found it somewhere else) for a long time now. The first time I used it, I have to say I was SURPRISED to find my clothes FELT clean …CLEANER than ever…the first time I used this soap. I took them out of the washer and could immediately feel the difference. I think this soap cleans off all the residue from fabric softeners and other crappy detergents (Tide, etc). It’s all I’ve used for some time now; other than I also add 1/2 cup of Oxi Clean (the cheap brand Sun….something from Wal-Mart) to the recipe.

    • simplyaltered Says:

      I am so pleased to hear your comment. I thought the same thing. CLEANER!!!!! cleanest my clothes have ever looked and felt!!! As a matter of fact, as i was trying to get my fabric softener used up, I kept thinking I was putting softener in, when I actually hadn’t. The clothes were softer withOUT softener!!! I vow to NEVER use commercial detergent again!!! not to mention the plastic we are not clogging the landfills with now!!!!! yeah!!

  15. Robbie Says:

    Way to go Kelli! Missed the news last night, but my husband told me, so I checked it out on the web this am. I will definitely try the laundry soap. I’m hosting a couple of showers this summer – might put some in cute little decorated/altered jars as gifts or prizes. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

    • simplyaltered Says:

      Thanks Robbie!!! be sure to let me and everyone else know how much you LOVE the laundry soap!!!!

  16. Tracy Says:

    I saw your story on the news this am and was so excited about the laundry soap! I’m going to make some this weekend! And….definitely going to the foil ball! I haven’t had a chance to look through all of your website, but wanted to share (you probably already know :)) that Vinegar is my favorite to clean with! Not only because it is SO inexpensive (and I mix it 50/50 with water) but it does a wonderful job on every task a ask of it!! 🙂

    • simplyaltered Says:

      Thanks Tracy. I have to admit, I do use vinegar to clean with and alot of baking soda….but I “cheat” and have my sister cleaning my house. I am too busy blogging!!! LOL !!!!!!

  17. Ronna W Says:

    Im really excited to try this laundrey soap out, but first I have a question. Does this soap have a smell to it. The reason I ask is my husband is allergic to fragrance and dies and I currently have to buy special laundrey soap. Excited and can’t wait to make a batch. Thanks

  18. simplyaltered Says:

    Ronna, This works FANTASTIC on sensitive skin or allergies of any kind!!!!! being all natural, it is awesome!!!!! Dan Winters was shocked at how good it smelled, very CLEAN and FRESH without the actual smell of added fragrances!!!!! my son has very severe skin allergies and it is the BEST!!!!! I used to use All free & Clear for his laundry only ,and no more!!!! I use 100% “Simply Wonderful” on all laundry!!!!!!
    let me know how it works for you if you get it made. I would love some feedback, and feel free to check my blog, I just updated it again.

  19. jamie Says:

    Saw this on channel 13, and I just got back from buying the fels naptha & the borax… still need to find the washing soda.

    BTW, the Fels Naptha is now “On Special” at HyVee for only $.79! I wonder if this has something to do with everyone trying out this recipe, lol!!!

    • simplyaltered Says:

      yes, the washing soda is a little harder to locate. Fareway is the only place in OSkaloosa that currently carries it.
      and Fels Naptha on sale is DOUBLE good!!!!!!! you better stock up now!!!

  20. K80 Says:

    I find when I add dishwasher soap to my laundry it helps take out the stains. Add about a half (1/2) cup to the recipe. The powder kind not the liquid.

  21. Nancy W. Says:

    I also saw you on WHO-TV out of Des Moines, IA and was very impressed with the product. My question is… My daughter has an HE top loader which uses liquid detergent. Will she be able to use this product in that type of machine?

    • simplyaltered Says:

      you can find the answer to this question in an earlier reply. Many have asked and the answer is a resounding YES!!!!!

  22. Colleen Bazyn Says:

    I was wondering if I could get the recipe for your laundry soap. In less I overlooked it I can’t find it.

    Thank you
    Colleen Bazyn
    Montezuma, Iowa

  23. tim Says:

    saw this on who am very excited to try. we have a large family (8) and do a lot of laundry

  24. kathy Says:

    Kelli –I live in osky & saw you on who–way to go I am also very “green” my kids & everyone else make fun of me –I really don’t care have a new front load washer–do i dilute that powder before putting in my dispenser??? Finally someone who shares my views & so close to me–I know your family so that is even cooler–thanks!!!!

  25. Diana W Says:

    Just wanted to let you know I just bought the last 4 bars of Fels Naptha off the shelf at HyVee in Ankeny. Can’t wait to make this up and use it.

    My husband calls me a tree hugger, but I love the minimalist way of living and I’m trying hard to cut back in all areas of our life. My small car is great on gas, we recycle, and we have our own garden (as we have had for years). I have a small stone in my quilt studio that says “simplify”. My new life motto!

    • simplyaltered Says:

      THanks for the nice comment on my blog!!! got the last bit of Fels
      Naptha huh??? oh, the poor souls that got there after you!!! I have
      a feeling they will keep plenty in stock from now on. I know at one
      point this week, Oskaloosa Hy-Vee was out as well. and I doubt they
      hardly ever sold any before all of this!! …….but I bet there is
      plenty of Tide on the shelves!!! haha.
      We also have a garden (actually I should say my husband does!!) he
      does all the gardening, and I do all the canning!!! this will make
      for some very good blog reading by late summer!!!! Hopefully we have
      a good harvest!! I do all sorts of canning with tomatoes especially.
      I love SIMPLIFY, as you could tell from the segment. THe SImplify
      candle holder that Dan taped was from my kids last year for Mothers
      Day….they were flattered!!!
      and my next favorite motto?? Less is definately more!!!!!!!!!
      I hope you visit often and be sure to become a subscriber.
      Nice hearing from you!!!

      • Jean McCormick Says:

        What was the number again to find out where you can get the Arm and Hammer Washing Soda. I called our Harris Teeter and they don’t have it. Don’t know where else to look for it. I did get the Fels Naptha soap today from Ace. They ordered 25 bars and I got 5 of them. Now I just need to find the Arm and Hammer, can you help me? Thanks, Jean

      • simplyaltered Says:

        You are very lucky to have found the Fels Naptha!!! now the washing soda? I would keep asking around to maybe the managers of the store. Our Hy-Vee was able to get it, but it was not easy. You might also try Ace Hardware, I hear they are carrying it too.

  26. jj Says:

    wondering if don maiximo soap would work instead of fn. this is a soap used in mexico & good at taking oout stains–it is a bar soap. thanks

    • simplyaltered Says:

      could possibly work since it is in bar form, but of course, I am a little partial to Fels Naptha.

  27. angie Says:

    Same as everyone else, I can’t wait to try this! I am scared I waited too long though to puchase the Fels Naptha! haha I was curious to know if you had a recipe for dishwashing soap?

    • simplyaltered Says:

      Oh that is a hard one….but I am working on it. I have heard it is one of the hardest things to find a natural alternative for. Stay tuned, I might come up with something before it is over. 🙂

  28. Deanna Says:

    Has any one used this soap recipe with a High Efficiency washer? I really don’t want to damage my washer. Thanks!!

    • simplyaltered Says:

      you will find info on this in an earlier reply. Scroll up. YES is the resounding answer!!!

  29. Debbie Sevier Says:

    I loved your segment on WHO yesterday. I’ve always tried to conserve and improve the planet where I can. Your soap recipe sounds great and I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for your ideas.

  30. simplyaltered Says:

    as always let me know your opinion once you get it made. I am confident you will LOVE it!!!!!!

  31. Becky Says:

    I also saw you on WHO. I just made up my first batch of detergent. I was having trouble getting the bar soap to a powder form. I have a mini food processor & I let it run a long time but still have little pellets. I tried blending in some powder with it which helped a bit but not great. Any suggestions on how to get it more powdery? I am washing my first load right now with it & am anxious to see how the clothes come out…it smells great! You have me so inspired I am also going to purchase a clothes line! There is nothing like fresh sheets off the line! Thanks for taking the time to share your ideas!!

  32. Laurie Schmidt Says:

    Hi All, Just watned to let everyone now that I am in Grinnell and I found everything at Fareway and Hy-Vee. The only thing I found to be a bit of a pain is the bars tend to be on the soft side and they are a bit hard to get to that powder stage…..

  33. Julie Says:

    I’m looking forward to trying the detergent recipe. As much as the cost, I get so sick of buying detergent every other week, it seems. If I like it, I think I’ll make a big batch and let it last me a while.

    My question — have you noticed that your clothes fade any faster with the new detergent since Borax is a whitener? Recently I switched to Tide Total Care in an effort to keep my colors a little brighter a little longer. I don’t know if it’s making a difference yet because I haven’t been using it that long…but I would hate to switch to a cost-saving detergent and then find that my clothes look worn-out sooner than previously.

    Oh, and I’m thrilled to hear that it’s good for sensitive skin! I’ve been using fragrance-free stuff for years. That’s one thing I hate about the Tide Total Care is that it’s so darn fragrant.

  34. Ang Says:

    Great tips! I see my septic tank question was answered but I was also wondering if you had any information as to how Simply Wonderful would work with a high efficiency washer? They use less water and I didn’t know if you would just reduce the amount you use?

  35. Ang Says:

    Sorry Kelli…I see my question has been answered about the HE washer!!

    • simplyaltered Says:

      no problem!! that seems to be the million dollar question!!! LOL YES YES and yes.
      and I know you will love it!!!!!

  36. simplyaltered Says:

    I did reply to Meme personally and relayed that I have just NEVER experienced any of this!! All my readers that have shared with me, absolutely love it so far, and I have used it exclusively for about 6 months!!! my whites are WHITER !!!!!! I measure heavy on the Borax for that, but there is a fine line to not make fadage, so that is why I left it at 1/2 cup on the recipe.
    I live in Iowa, and do have a water softener, so I can not help but think it is Mems water purity or quality.

  37. simplyaltered Says:

    Thanks for keeping me posted. It does reassure me of my initial thoughts. Poor you, having such water quality. I have to say my areas is exceptionally good.
    and as far as the snow??? I feel for you on that too.
    Here is to hoping some of those solutions is your answer!!!!

  38. Mindy Z Says:


    Hy-Vee is out of the soap, but they will take your name and call you when they get it in. They have a truck coming in on Friday, so I hope to get some then! I was curious about a “better” dishwasher soap as well, so I am trying one tonight and will let you know how it works! Thanks for the great ideas!

  39. K80 Says:

    You gotta have a OMG Site for silly things that happen when saving money!

    RE: I decided to try your fabric softener/aluminum foil ball and see if anyone noticed the difference. So I didn’t Tell anyone! My Daughter and Son in law came to visit as well as my son the same weekend I tried it, Last weekend. They found it in the dryer and thought I was getting Alzheimer’s or something! LOL They could not figure out Why I was putting aluminum foil in the dryer! I laughed so hard I thought I was never going to get the explanation out.

  40. Julie Says:

    Just made my first batch…though I haven’t used it yet. A couple of tips that I might suggest:

    1. If you don’t have a food processor, I had luck grating the Fels Naptha using the side of my grater where you grate orange or lemon rind. It made tiny little shavings. It probably took me 5 – 10 minutes, but that’s not a huge investment of time. I will admit to being a little skittish around that side of the grater as I always seem to skin my knuckles on the thing…so once the bar got too small for comfort, I used my Pampered Chef food chopper to finish it off. It worked great. Oh, and I’m not squeemish about using my food-grade equipment to grate soap as I figure that if I run it through the dishwasher it’s a good as sterilized.

    2. I was reading the Borax box and noticed that it says you can add 1/2 cup to a load of wash to soften your water. Maybe Meme might want to try to add a little more Borax to soften her water and see if that might work.

    Well…for the first time I’m actually looking forward to doing laundry! Wish me luck.

    • Denise Says:

      Can you use an inexpensive chopper? I don’t really want to invest in a food processor to try this – but have seen a chopper at Target for $9.99 – Chefmate I think. Or maybe a cheap blender if the goal is to get it to a powder? Thoughts? I’d like to get something and try this recipe soon.

      • simplyaltered Says:

        yes, a cheap chopper will work fine!!!! I would hate for anyone to invest alot of money into doing this!! that would defeat the purpose. 🙂 some have even used an old cheese grater. I prefer some other form of processing though. ….and if you do purchase a chopper of some kind, get the very basic of basics. !!!!! all you need to be able to do is grind. hopefully you get this and get started. You are gonna LOVE IT!!!! keep me posted please.

  41. BuzyMom6 Says:

    Hi I found the soap at Cub Foods in Ames. The stock boy said they cannot keep it in! I put the soap in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it up before the food processor. Once you use the food processor, this will be dedicated to this process! i have a front load and it works great! Thanks for sharing!!!

  42. Jennifer Says:

    Fels Naptha can be found at our local Ace Hardware also.

  43. Karen Says:

    What about cloth diaper?

    • simplyaltered Says:

      EXCEPTIONALLY good for cloth diapers!!! I think I answered it in an earlier comment, so you may want to scan them over, but YES YES YES it is perfect!!!

  44. Diane Says:

    Hi Everyone,

    I’m fairly new to this site but I’ve used a recipe similar to this for quite sometime. It was originally shared by one of the members on our country living site.

    MY recipe is
    1 (14 oz) bar of ZOTE Soap
    1 1/2 cups 20 Mule Team Borax
    1 1/2 cups Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

    This works out exactly 3 times the FN soap makes. The ZOTE soap is a Mexican Laundry soap and it’s a large bar. I live in Canada also and when I was in Iowa for 10 weeks earlier this year I was able to find it at several HyVee and Fareway stores in Northwest Iowa. I was told that some of the Dollar Stores carry it also … or in areas that have a large Mexican population. The ZOTE sells for less than $1.00 a bar. The ZOTE has a lemon scent to it, but it’s not noticeable after washing.

    I also grated the bars before putting into the food processor and it broke down to quite a fine powder.

    Meme … The first few times I used this soap there was quite a residue for me also BUT it was from the excess soaps that were previously in the clothes and NOT from the new soap I was using. It was scummy and greasy and once washed out of the clothes made me even more glad that I had switched!

    When I was home I got my daughter to switch over also. She had been spending more than $10 every other week for laundry soap and now spends only pennies per load! She is completely sold on it and called me recently to let me know that she mixed up another batch.

    I noticed a difference particularly in towels …. they are so soft and fluffy and that one item alone could convince anyone of the beauty of this new soap.

    Another comment … anyone who has HARD water should use 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) …. those with soft water can use only 2 tablespoons for the same results.

    I look forward to checking out this site further and gettting to know some of you better.


  45. Karen Says:

    Diane said zote soap works. jj asked about Don Maximo bar soap. I have a bar of Don Maximo that I got when I was in Mexico, but have never used…would like to know if anyone has tried it in your recipe, and if so, does it work as well as fels naptha?

  46. Audra Says:

    how much would you charge for a batch shipped to Michigan?

  47. Denise Says:

    Fels Naptha is available at Dahls too – 99 cents each.

    The checker said it is a great soap – she used it to take tar out and marker out of carpet – so some added uses too! Will have to go get the chopper later this week at Target.

  48. Geena Says:

    I work for a bed and breakfast where there are four washer/dryer sets doing laundry from 6am to around 6pm everyday. We use a popular powdered soap that contains bleach. Will your recipe clean and disinfect well enough for such public use? I will be using this recipe for my home use but would really love to pitch the idea to my employer as they love to save money as well!
    Thanks so much!

    • simplyaltered Says:

      yes, I would certainly think so. The borax and washing soda both have disinfecting properties in them, and I know most of my readers no longer used bleach at all. I have no need for it.

  49. Toni Marie Says:

    Is the Borax called 20 mule teem borax? I had heard of that a million years ago, but hadn’t looked for it lately.

  50. Barb Says:

    Sorry, Can’t find the receipe. I scrolled all the way down and got to here. What am I doing wrong? Thanks

  51. Toni Marie Says:

    Meme, I’m glad you wrote the thing about grating the soap. That’s what I had planned to do. I’m scared the soap will ruin my food processor or maybe the food I gring up in it at a later time will taste like soap. Has anyone had either of these experiences?

    • simplyaltered Says:

      I have not noticed this, but to err on the safe side for yourself, you ought to just pick up an inexpensive one and dedicate it to Simply Wonderful.

  52. txmamashark Says:

    I am intrigued. Today is errands day, so I can get the a new bar of fels naptha. I am always for making my life easier. I have inlaws who have allergies to the fragrances in most detergents and fabric softeners.

    Also, the frels naptha is available at Safeway, but is found on one of the bottom shelves in the soap and laundry isle. You have to look hard at times.

    • simplyaltered Says:

      this soap is PERFECT for sensitve skin. My son has that problem too , and this has solved that. Yes, Fels Naptha is easily over looked!!! in our Hy-Vee, it is on the TOP shelf, and very easy to overlook. THanks!!

  53. txmamashark Says:

    Since I am not fully awake, I forgot to mention that there is a website published by the Queen of Clean that lists several recipes for cleaners, one of which is for cleaning bathrooms and kitchen floors. It is 2 tbl Borax and 2 tbl ammonia per gallon of water. So much better on the septic tank. Q of C also recommends cleaning toilets with baking soda. Cleans well and raises the pH of the septic tank to make the little buggies happier.

    • simplyaltered Says:

      that is a great tip, and I may use it in a future post if you don’t mind. I hear of these formulas all the time, but never write them down or remember them!!! THanks!!!!!

  54. RA Says:

    Instead of using a food processor, could I use a blender. Or do you think it would not do as good of a job. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Hope I find all the ingredients.

    • simplyaltered Says:

      I have not ever tried it in a blender. I guess it would not hurt to try (?). Be sure to let me know how it works and I will pass that info on. Be sure to grind it as fine as possible, and of course, put through the dishwasher. Ought to work out just fine for you.

    • Denise Says:

      Have you tried it with the blender yet? I tried it with my small chopper and it takes quite a while – not sure I really have it to an ideal powder so I am curious how the blender works. Then I may go on a hunt for a used one somewhere

  55. Mishelle Says:

    I just mixed up my first batch (finally found a store here in Chicago for only $1.59 a bar…much better than my $4.99 bar!!) and they had the washing soda too. I used my Vitamix blender and it worked like a charm. Finally a use for my waaaay overpriced blender! Thank You!! I have my first load of laundry in as I type.

    • Jennifer Says:

      Where in chicago Did you find the Fels Naptha?


      • simplyaltered Says:

        I am not from Chicago, but a reader “Michelle” is. I will alert her to this question and maybe she can reply via this post.

      • Mishelle Says:

        Jennifer…I am in the Western suburbs and I found it at Caputos Market on Rt 59 in Naperville. I think that they have other Chicago stores but this one is near me. This is the only place so far and I’ve looked high and low. I plan on stocking up at HyVee at my next trip to Iowa.

      • Jennifer Says:

        Thanks there is a store in Elmwood Park. That’s the closest to me.

        Thanks again

  56. Jean McCormick Says:

    I live in North Carolina and don’t know where any Fareway and Hy-Vee (Iassume these are grocery stores?) stores are in our area. Do you know which other food chains sell these items? I want to make this detergent.
    Do you have any receipies for body soap or facial soap that doesn’t dry out your skin? Thanks, Jean

    • simplyaltered Says:

      honestly, I do not know what stores you have in that area. I have heard Ace Hardwares might carry it, or even some old time, mom & pop places as it is a VERY old brand of soap. Ask around and if you can not locate it anywhere, please let me know.

  57. Diane G Says:

    Karen … I don’t think it makes alot of difference what kind of bar soap you use as long as it is something not harsh and “environment friendly”. I’ve used the Zote soap and it’s made with natural ingredients. The thing I like about the Zote is it’s three times larger than the FN soap so makes the recipe even cheaper to make.

    Toni Marie … the borax is 20 MULE TEAM BORAX. It seems to be quite easy to find compared to some of the other ingredients.

    I grate the bar soap first and it breaks down very easily then in the food processor. I know others have broken it into chunks and put it directly into their food processors, but I guess I always thought that would be harder on the motor.

    I don’t see a problem with using the food processor for making this soap and then using it for food items. We’re making “soap” that doesn’t contain chemical ingredients. Makes sense to me that it would just make the food processor extra clean before using for other tasks.

    I also know some people who use the Zote bar soap for bathing. They have sensitive skin and don’t break out with this soap as they had with other types of bar soaps.


    Diane G

    • Denise Says:

      I’m curious how strong the smell / scent of the Zote soap is. I haven’t looked for it but would be interested in trying something other than the Fels Naptha.

      I’ve mixed up two batches of this recipe and I really like it once it is mixed but I think the Fels Naptha bar is overpowering when trying to cut it up and get it into a powder. My mom tried this too and thought the same thing – it is terribly strong – almost like a chemical – I wonder how safe it really is to be breathing this stuff?

      • simplyaltered Says:

        I have not tried Zote soap, but I know some do. I have also heard of using plain Ivory bar soap as well, although I would really not recommend it as it is made for skin, not clothing, and I doubt it would clean like you need.
        I have no problem when I am grating up the Fels Naptha, but you may just be more sensitive to it? Good luck, maybe the Zote will work for you, I have no idea where to buy it though, I can’t say that I have ever even seen it.

  58. Laura C Says:

    Hi all, I live in NC and I found everything I needed at Harris Teeter! They just started carrying Fels-Naptha. I was so excited I came home and made 3 batches and started laundry. I can honestly say, I have never looked forward to doing my laundry so much. Thanks for the recipe!

    • simplyaltered Says:

      Ohhh that even makes ME excited!!!! right now, we can NOT locate any Fals Naptha to stock our Hy-Vee. It is nearly emergency status!!!! 😮 now, after the laundry is done, make sure we all get an update about how much you LOVE it!!! (and be sure to read the F.A.Q’s as well as the sudsing post. Good info you might need. Thanks for your comment. Be sure to keep posted to the website as well as become a subscriber. 🙂

    • Jean McCormick Says:

      I can’t find the Arm and Hammer Washng soda at my Harris Teeter. Where is it located with the Laundry Det? I live in North Carolina also.

      • simplyaltered Says:

        in our Hy-Vee, it was located on the very top shelf. EASY to overlook as it was not a popular item (prior to all this publicity!!!) look hard. It is a long bar of soap, with paper wrapping.

  59. Denise Says:

    I’ve found this same recipe on two different sites except both of them use 1 cup each of Borax and Arm & Hammer washing soda. I just chopped up the Fels Naptha bar of soap in my chopper – it is just a tiny bit over 1 cup.

    Have you played around with this at all? By using 1 cup of each you would get 1/3 more – does it work just as well? Curious if you have tried different mixtures at all?

    Not sure that I like the chopper for this – I am hoping it is ground up enough. Close to a powder. The chopper is pretty small so takes a while to this vs a larger food processor or blender. May have to buy a bigger one if I like this soap when I get a chance to try it out.

  60. simplyaltered Says:

    I did play around with it for about a month, before I even considered posting it. This is what worked best for me. Left softness, but did not OVERCLEAN the clothes to the point that you lost the soft feel. I can also tell how close my dispensed amount is to right from the feel of the clothes when they are done. I have to be sure to be consistent once I felt I had it right. You are free to adjust to your own preferences and i actually recommend it. I will tell you though , that when I measure 1/2 cup, I do measure on the heavy side, nearly heaping. (?)
    I think as long as your soap is atleast to the little “beaded” consistency, it ought to work fine. I have not used a blender, but some have and reported it worked just fine. Hope this helps you out. ~~Kelli

    • Denise Says:

      Will the Borax or washing soda over clean like a bleach? – this shows how little I know about what these ingredients do – please share.

      I did notice how soft my hands were after cutting and chopping up the soap – very soft. I have used that soap for taking stains out of kid clothes for about 4-6 months now and have been really impressed with it.

  61. simplyaltered Says:

    I would think it could overclean if you were to use too much in the recipe. I just mainly notice when I measure too much into EACH LOAD, then the clothes feel a little TOO clean and hard. You can completely lose the softness that is one of the best part of this recipe. Therefore, I do not stray from this recipe as I have used it so many times before I ever shared it. I am SO thankful to never use bleach anymore….and of course BIG money savings from no fabric softener!!!!!! oh, the benefits are three fold…or more. 🙂

    • Denise Says:

      Okay – tell me more about the not fabric softner. I know I read something about a ball of tin foil in the dryer – what does that do – how big?

      I have used vinegar in towels quite a bit – I think it makes them fresher and does seem to soften too.

  62. simplyaltered Says:

    there is NO need for fabric softener . The Washing soda softens in addition to cleaning and disinfecting. I swear my things are softer with this laundry soap!!! the ball of tin foil, is in case you still have static. It eliminates it. (as alot of people would maybe use softener for this reason as well) but alum foil takes care of it. One ball, (a little larger than a softball) used over and over and over!!!!! it DOES work!!!

  63. Marilyn Says:

    I got the things to make the laundry soap (all at my local County Market, no problem), and smelling the Fels Naptha took me right back to being a kid. My mom used that soap on the really dirty barn overalls when I was a kid! My question to you is, I have a large capacity top loader. How much of the mixture should I be using? You say 2 T. but is that for a regular sized load? Thanks!

    • simplyaltered Says:

      my measurements are using a regular size washer, but an extra large load. You will want to adjust the dispensed amount DOWN once you have repeatedly done the same laundry (read through FAQ’s)

  64. Stacie Says:

    I’m really anxious to try this recipie, but before I do, I was just curious how many bars of the Fels would you need to use up all of the 20 Mule team borax and the washing soda? I’m having to resort to ordering online, so I would like to order enough Fels to use up the entire boxes of washing soda and borax (hope that makes sense). A rough guestimate would be ok! Thanks!

    • simplyaltered Says:

      I believe about 8 to use up all the washing soda, and you will have a little Borax left over since that box is bigger. Hope that helps. Let me know how much you LOVE it after you get started. 🙂

  65. Sara Says:

    Going to make my first batch tonight! I posted your webpage on my Facebook page and MANY other moms were anxious to try it also! Thanks for sharing!!

    • simplyaltered Says:

      Thank you Sara!!! keep me posted once you get USING it!!!!!! I am anticipating positive results!!! 🙂

  66. Mary Bailey Says:

    I have been researching this on the internet. Have you ever used a liquid form?? If so was there any difference in the performance??

    In your receipe you state to use one bar. What is the weight of the bars that you are using? I have found 5.5 ounce bars and 9 ounce bars.

    One more thing, is all borax the same strength?

    Not trying to get to technical but I might have!!!



    • simplyaltered Says:

      no, I have not done the liquid way. I think it is way too much work, and the thought of water just “sitting” in something kind of turns me off. I can not imagine it can stay fresh enough to suit my taste. The bars I use are only one size as far as I know. 5 1/2 oz. I always make no less than 6 batches as a time.
      Borax is all the same strength. Hope that helps.

  67. Jenn Thomas-Maxwell Says:

    So I tried you wonderful creation today when I realized that we were out of detergent. I need more a lot more and soon. : ) I just might be addicted already! Can you make me some. If so when? Thank you for sharing.

    • simplyaltered Says:

      I sure can. I have already made 16 batches for other people today alone!!! 🙂 yeah!!! glad you are liking it. Saw your request on Facebook too. Thanks!!!! Let me know, send me an e mail if you do want me to make it for you, or if you want to try it on your own. I am glad to help either way.

  68. Regina Says:

    Hello all! 🙂 I found the borax and washing soda at our local (big) grocery store but guess what they were out of…..yes, the fel naptha. I was sooooo disappointed. They had it in the (face) bar soap isle not the laundry isle. This may help others find it in your store.

    Here is my question…….they had a “bar soap” called Colgate’s Octagon All-Purpose Bar Soap”, has anyone heard of this or even tried this? Would it work as well as the Fels Naptha?

    • simplyaltered Says:

      hummmm… I have heard of a few different kinds, but never this one. I would shy away and still try to get the Fels Naptha myself.
      Let me know what progress you make. Typically if you speak to the managers, they will make every effort to get it.
      also some have mentioned Ace Hardwares? that might be an idea if there are any in your area.
      Keep me posted.

  69. Jean McCormick Says:

    I never saw where my post got answered, if you did, sorry. My question was if it mattered whether you kept this in a plastic container or a glass one? Thanks, Jean

  70. Carla Salas Says:

    The new bars I bought are too soft!! Can I let the “pellets” air dry
    and process them again? Or process them with the other ingredients?

  71. LauraQ Says:


    Just had to add that I tried your recipe and just love it. I sent it on to friends in Michigan and they are loving it too. Thanks so much, our clothes are just so clean and fresh!


    • simplyaltered Says:

      WONDERFUL!!!!!!!! I have YET to hear of someone that does NOT like it!!!!! it is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

  72. Jean McCormick Says:

    Just made my first batch of the detergent and had to wash right away. Can’t wait to see how my clothes feel. It sure did make my kitchen smell great though.
    Was disappointed that I couldn’t find anything at the antique store to keep it in and couldn’t find the little dipper either. Poor me, maybe next time. I’m excited about the next project. Haven’t tried the wipes yet but want to do that soon. Thanks for all you do. Jean

  73. Momof6 Says:

    If you live in Central Iowa, I just found the Fels naptha at the grocery store in State Center!!!!;)

  74. Karen Says:

    I am the one that was asking about the Don Maximo bar soap from Mexico – if it could be substituted for the Fels Naptha. I check the net for Don Maximo, and this is what I found. Hope the following info will be helpful:

    “Just was wondering…My mother-in-law brought back a bar called Don Maximo from Mexico. It is in a bar form and she said it was for laundry but because the package is all in Spanish I really don’t know for sure what it is. Can anyone tell me if it is like the fels-neptha that you use for homemade detergent?”

    “Don Maximo soap contains phosphates and therefore this soap is banned in the US. In the 80s and early 90s we used to spend winter in Mission, a southern Texas border town. Everyone there knew of the cleaning power of Don Maximo soap and it was only a nickel or dime for a huge cake of it. I took a cheese grater and grated the soap and would put just a pinch in the laundry and it not only got everything clean it also cleaned the inside of the wash machine. My mother-in-law still uses it as a stain remover. She swears by it and says it works better than anything we can buy. BTW…it is also awesome at completely cleaning your hands of most anything that may get on them.”

  75. Angie Says:

    First laundry soap, wipes, now Simply Smooth…..I have printed all of these recipes out, put them in my “Christmas Room” and throughout the year will be making gift baskets up for all my sister in laws so keep them coming from your home to our’s!!! It was VERY hard keeping all these new finds a secret throughout the reunion we went to as I wanted to jump on the table and shout out these things, especially the laundry soap, Bryan about blew the beans on that one but I had a good cover up story. Now MY next challenge will be keeping my own mouth shut, Christmas is only 6 months away right *augh!!* We SIMPLY love everything you have introduced so far! So glad Art on the Square went well for you, we must admit that building is beautiful as well. Thought of you all day.

    • simplyaltered Says:

      you are too funny!!! jumping on the table and announcing it!!! I know how you feel. I want SO badly to keep these things under wraps so I can use them as gifts for MY family, but I am just too excited to share them on my website!!! Glad you had a nice time at the reunion….those are always fun!!!!
      and tomorrow, I am diving right in and working on YOUR box. I will definitely have it done for Fathers Day!!!! 🙂

  76. Krista Lawhon Says:

    Hi. I have tried the homemade laundry soap for the first time today. I LOVE IT. Also, I had an EASY time finding the products in Riverside, CA. A place called WinCo Foods carries all three products. They are an employee owned business. And very well priced.

    Thank you so much for the recipe. I am hooked!!!

    Krista Lawhon

    • simplyaltered Says:

      consider yourself VERY lucky to have found all the items in one place that easily!!! it was a BIG task to do that in Iowa!!! glad you are loving it and SO glad you are hooked!!! yeah!!!

  77. Mike Says:

    We really love the recipe!! Was wondering when would be a good time to reach you. We have a couple of ideas that we wanted to run past you to see what you thought. Got an email or phone # that you can be reached at?

    Working nights and never know what you might find on the internet. Pretty cool and interesting site you have here!

  78. Barb Says:

    I just tried makeing a batch of the soap. I have a Vitamix and tried using it but I can’t get the soap into a powder form. It’s still very chunky and when I tried blending more, it started sticking together in bigger clumps. Any suggestions? I’m not sure if the soap is affected by humidity.

    • simplyaltered Says:

      humidity COULD have something to do with it, but the solution is, go ahead and however the soap is ground up at this point. Use it. Add all the powders to the soap NOW, for the size batch you are making and let it all sit overnight. (or longer) then add it ALL together into the food processor, soap and powders all at once. It will work MUCH better and the powders help to dry the Fels Naptha up. I have done it this way the last few times, and it works GREAT!!

  79. Barb too Says:

    I live in Osky and ran into the demo lady a couple of nights ago. She gave me a sample and I can’t wait to do a load.
    Don’t forget to look for FN at hardware stores and mom and pop type stores.

  80. Sharon Says:

    I a have a great solution to problem of “new” Fels Naptha not reducing to powder. Cut up your soap as the recipe calls for, whirl in your processor as the recipe says. Then take the “beads” and put them in a large flat pan Put the pan out in the sun for 24 to 48 hours stirring a couple times. Then put it back into your blender and the “beads” will have dried out and will reduce to the powder instantly. Works great!!!!!

    • simplyaltered Says:

      That is a great idea!!! and one to take full advantage of this time of the year!!! now, what are we gonna do in the WINTER??? LOL

    • simplyaltered Says:

      that is a great way to speed up the process!!!! keep THOSE great tips coming!!!!!

  81. SaraJ Says:

    I have been using the soap for about a month and I love it! However, I have noticed some discoloration on white clothes after the use of sunscreen. I have a VERY pale skinned red-headed daughter and had put sunscreen on while she was wearing a white sun dress and all around the neck it is yellow. Anyone else have this problem? Or know how to fix it? I tried Oxy and Shout pretreating both with no results…

    • simplyaltered Says:

      I personally do not use or have a problem with sunscreen, but I do however use this soap after making a paste for all other stains. I can not imagine it would not get something a simple as sunscreen out when it works wonders on all other stains. hmmmm…….

    • Mishelle Says:

      A friend of mine was complaining about this very thing and started using Biz which has been mainly successful.

  82. Gina Says:

    Well I am making my first batch today. The house smells wonderful. I had this recipe tucked away for a long time in my frugal tips folder, but I was never able to find all the products. But when I saw you on our news channel I was like wait a minute I know that recipe. I hunted online for the ingredients. I found the soaps at, they also carry the washing soda, which I have to admit I didn’t purchase there because of shipping charges. I googled the washing soda and went from one vendor to the next until I found it at, they offered free shipping charges over 25$ order. While their price for a box of washing soda is higher than some other places you will make up for it in the long run when you just go ahead and order the whole 25$ in washing soda. I also live in NC and the only thing I could find in Food Lion, Ingles and Harris Teeter is the Borax. Pretty sad.
    Soapsgoneby is were I had originally seen this recipe, they also offer a liquid recipe for anyone who is interested in. I also purchased a Kirk’s Castile soap, which is a coconut soap and nothing else, which can also be used as the laundry soap.
    If I may add another frugal tip regarding soaps, shampoos, which led me to soapsgoneby initially. I have thrown out every bottle of shampoo, and conditioner I ever owned. My husband, my Motherinlaw and myself strictly use 2 bars of soap, alternating Grandpa’s Pine Tar soap and the Kirk’s Castile soap, which are both used for hair and body. I was looking for a hairproduct that would help with scalp itch and dandruff and other skin irritations. The pine tar soap will leave your skin so clean, and it actually makes your hair feel fuller, unlike any shampoo I have ever used in my life. It also seems my hair is growing faster. Oh and an added bonus, I am hardly using any more bodylotion. I do on occasion just for the good smell.
    This has certainly simplified our lives, not to mention makes our wallets happier.
    Pine Tar soap has been used on anything from Poison Ivy to Psoriasis apparently it cures it all…
    Thanks for letting me share.

    • simplyaltered Says:

      thanks you VERY much for taking the time to spread the word about alternate places to get the necessary items. I am SO thankful we can buy it all locally.. Our Hy-Vee manager has really accomodated these requests!! I will have to look into the Pine Tar soap. My husband has some psoriasis issues and I have always heard that tar is a good ingredient for that. Again, thanks alot, I will make good use of all your suggestions.

  83. Janet Van Dam Says:

    Hi. I am really enjoying the soap. I am in CA and we don’t have any of those stores that you talked about. I ordered all but the borax (which I can find at Wal-mart) but since then I found a store here that will order the other ingredients that I need. I found a food processor at a thrift store that works great for making the soap into a powder. I still have a few questions, what is the right amount to use in a front loading HE washer?? Also I am finding my clothes to have static cling?? Somewhere I read that if you put a ball of foil in the dryer that helps?? Any tips on those things I would appreciate. Thanks for the great website and keep up the good work. 🙂

    • simplyaltered Says:

      so happy to hear you got food processor at a thrift store!!!! big savings!!! 🙂 I have suggested that all HE washers use about 1/2 the amount to begin with and depending on the suds factor, adjust it from there. The ones that have done this have found just the right amount for their water quality etc etc etc……you might want to go back and read the FAQ on this topic of suds as well.
      Yes, use a decent sized aluminum foil ball, and toss it into the dryer. You will have no more static. About softball size will do, and if you still have problems, use two of them. WONDERFULLY frugal!!!!

      • Janet Van Dam Says:

        I thought of something else. What is the trick to getting my whites really white? I used my regular amount of Simply Wonderful and bleach and they came out kind of tanish. I tried the ball of foil and it works. Love all the products!!! We are getting ready to make the cherry limeade now. 😉

      • simplyaltered Says:

        You can read from the other comments most do not have a problem with whites at all, as a matter of fact, their (and my) whites are even WHITER!!! I wonder if it is your water quality? you might look into that .. Other solutions I have heard of (but not needed) is lemon juice and peroxide. Maybe just add a little more SImply Wonderful to the batch of whites than what you normally use, OR just adding a little more Borax as that is the whitener and sanitizing agent in the recipe. Keep me posted, hopefully one of these solutions will work for you.

  84. Gina Says:

    I was wondering what type of container is best for putting the soap in? I don’t really want a glass jar in my laundry room since it is a cement floor. Would a rubbermaid container work?

    • simplyaltered Says:

      Rubbermaid would work fine, I just like glass in my home. You will want to make sure it is not too tight of a seal as you want to encourage the dryness factor. Maybe a Rubbermaid container with a lid that just rests on top?? that is what my glass one does.
      Glass and cement is NOT a good combination huh??? LOL

  85. Jean McCormick Says:

    I used a container that the lid screwed on but I poked holes in the top so it would let the soap dry out. This works very well. Jean

  86. Gina Says:

    I did 3 loads of laundry yesterday with my freshly made batch of detergent. wow I don’t even know where to start. Firstoff….I need to kick myself. I have been sitting on this recipe for like over a year, I could have been doing this and saving and being good to the environment a lot sooner.

    Second, I ground one bar of soap with the food processor, the other i finely grated by hand with my Parmesan cheese grater…it took about 30 minutes, and my hands were very tired. After comparing both batches of soap, there is almost no difference between my food processor and grating it by hand. Yeah!!!!

    Third…I have always used bleach in my whities, not anymore. After just doing one load, wow the white is white. My husband’s white uniform shirts, the collar always gets the ugly ring around it, and I can’t bleach it because it got dark blue patches with the name of the security firm on it, well the collar….it looks like a brand new shirt, from one time washing it and no prespray!!!

    I snuck in a load of towels this morning before it got too hot to wash ….I am sad to say this was my last load for the week.

    I think I need help!!!

    So for everyone out there who has been sitting on the recipe, just order the stuff make the batch and get on with a much simpler life. I LOVED DOING LAUNDRY!!!!

    I store mine in a nice tin I got a long time ago, it is not too tight so air will get in and I got a cool old measuring spoon (1tablespoon) in it. I am missing the other spoons so that worked out perfect, and it has a weird long handle on it, so it is easy to scoop out.

    Oh and there was a bonus I didn’t expect. My husband asked me this morning if I did anything different to his quilt. I said what do you mean, he said well it feels softer and it smells nicer. Did you change detergents….ahh bless his observant heart. Yes we have two different quilts, otherwise he hogs mine or vise versa 🙂

    • simplyaltered Says:

      I love it !!!!! thanks Gina for all your encouraging words!!!! I am glad to know it was my blog that got you moving on the soap!!!!! that is fantastic. So often it is easy to get an idea in our minds for “some day” huh??? I can procrastinate something FOREVER and then kick myself for not doing it sooner!!!! I have YET to use any kind of pretreat on my clothing after using this soap. It is THAT good!!!!!!! and then the husbands notice it?? that is SUCCESS!!!! (and flattery)!!! funny how excited we can get over laundry when done the right way!!! haha
      I hope being a new reader or atleast from your comments, you have become a subscriber. it is SO much simpler. Delivered right to your inbox as soon as I update. 🙂

  87. Gina Says:

    I went to Hyvee in Des Moines on MLK and they had everything but the Arm & Hammer washing soda. The manager was glad to order it for me. It will be in tomorrow. I got Fels Naphta at the HyVee in Johnston and it was .99 cents.

    • simplyaltered Says:

      Those Hy-Vee managers are the greatest huh??? ours is SO accomodating!!!! be sure to spread the word and MORE people will take advantage of them carrying everything we request. 🙂

  88. Gina Says:

    I made a batch of soap and I can’t get the FN soap any smaller than a small pea. It wants to stick together in the ice cream pail I am mixing it in. I think it is a pretty fresh bar of soap. Any ideas to getting it smaller. I am using a food processer and didn’t know if I should mix all 3 ingredients in the processer or not. Help I want to try this so bad.

  89. CherylL Says:

    Simply Altered:
    I’m having trouble finding the washing soda as well, and with the help of my resourceful daughter discovered this website that talks about how to turn regular baking soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) into washing soda (Sodium Carbonate). I’m trying it this morning. Just baking about 1 cup so I can mix up two batches of Simply Wonderful. I guess I won’t know if it works as well, because this is my first trial of Simply Wonderful! I invite you to check out the website and see what you discover! If this is a feasible ‘substitute’ for buying the washing soda, it makes it even cheaper, especially if you combine the baking time you will spend baking something else. Also lists Pool supply stores as having larger quantities of Sodium Carbonate, ie: washing soda.

    Thanks for all you wonderful ideas!! Tried the coffee pot cleaning this morning, have a batch of the Simply Smooth and use it almost daily!


    • simplyaltered Says:

      honestly, I have never heard of this!! I will have to take time to look into it even further!! 🙂 yeah, another alternative.
      Glad you are liking the Simply Smooth lotion . It is my second favorite, of course, to SImply Wonderful laundry soap. 🙂

  90. Jean McCormick Says:

    Are there any Hy-Vee stores in the South? I’ve never heard of this store and just wondered. Is it like a grocery store, mom and pop store or convience store? Just curious. Thanks, Jean

  91. Donna Says:

    I found all of the ingredients at Meijer’s after looking at Walmart and our local stores. It was so reasonable. I hope most of you have one nearby. I am in Michigan and they are based in Michigan. Much cheaper than most websites.

  92. Erica Says:

    I am trying to make this and it just goes all around the processor. I thought I read somewhere that you can let it dry out. But now I can not find it. Is that right? Thanks

    • simplyaltered Says:

      yes, chunk it up a s small as you can get it. Add both powders, and then grind all together. it will work PERFECT!!! there is a FAQ section of the blog. Just type FAQ in on the site search area.

      • Denise Says:

        We had this same problem. Get it reasonably small and then add the other two powders and it becomes very fine!

  93. Chris Klein Says:

    Hi Kelly,

    I have used the home made soap and now have my kids using it, only we use the liquid form of it, which is the same ingredients, only after you have grated the soap, you cover it with hot water and stir until it melts, then add to the other ingredients. fill a 5 gallon bucket with hot water and let it set for 24 hours,
    I got the recipe from the Duggers, (18 kids and counting).

    I found the Fels Naptha bar soap at Cantral Zimmermans store, and Amish store, I use 1/3 cup for my front loader,

    and a1 cup for a top loader.

    You mix it half concentrate and half water, so you end up with 10 gallons of laundry soap,

    I can send you the complete instructions if you would like, and you can add it to your blog,

    Thanks for all of the tips,
    Chris Klein
    2072 Hwy G71
    Bussey, Iowa 50044
    641-944-5438 or 641-891-0850

    • simplyaltered Says:

      interesting to make a liquid version. I have heard others have tried it and liked it. I will keep this info and possibly add it at some point and time. Don’t hesitate to remind me if you do not see it. 🙂

  94. Gina Says:

    Do you make the soap for people? I burned up my blender making soap and my husband won’t let me buy a bigger food processer to grind up the stuff. I had a 2 cup but it didn’t work. I am at a loss and love the soap. Please help with any ideas.

    • simplyaltered Says:

      I can make it for people. Usually I charge the cost of the soap, plus $10 and then shipping if you do not live in this area. Let me know, I would be happy to help you out.

  95. Jodi Says:

    I too have burned up a small chopper and my coffee grinder trying to get this as powdery as possible. I am not willing to pay to the big bucks for a food processor to make this, as it will defeat the purpose, especially if I can only use it to make soap. I did find a liquid recipe on-line that I might try because I do love this stuff!

  96. Mary Says:

    Made my first batch today. Can’t wait to use it. Found the Fels Naptha at Ace Hardware, $1.29 a bar.

    • simplyaltered Says:

      you have to let me know how much you LOVE it!!!!! I predict this is the first batch of MANY more to come!!! 🙂

  97. Jolene Says:

    I just have to say thank-you for this recipe. I have been using it for a few months now I think and absolutely love it. At first I just used a cheese grater and then when I found a food processor at a garage sale for $5.00 I bought it and use it exclusively now for this. It might be helpful for people around the country if when you hear of places that people are finding their ingredients to maybe have a chart of regional stores that carry it. I am sharing this recipe with people from all over the country and the first thing they ask me is where they can find the stuff to make it. So a list by region of stores that carry it would be very helpful! Thanks again!

    • simplyaltered Says:

      that would be a very good idea, but not sure how I would go about gathering all the info. I know the gal from Fels Naptha and could maybe get some info from her, especially since THAT seems to be the hardest item to locate. Kepe spreadin the word though……fun to help others save money and be environmentally conscience at the same time!!!!!!

  98. Jodi Says:

    I have found the Fels Naptha at Hy-Vee in West Des Moines, IA. The Soda and Borax both at Fareway. I happened to notice that the Target store in West Des Moines also had the Soda & Borax… Hope that helps.

    • simplyaltered Says:

      Hy-Vees all around this area are definitely getting ahead of the Fels Naptha craze. I have heard that straight from the Fels Naptha home office. 🙂

  99. Katie@ The Baby Factory Says:

    Hey Kelli-
    Made the Recipe for the first time today–and I am PUMPED about it! I am literally walking by the washer every 4 minutes to see if it’s done yet 🙂 And thank you for the blogging material 😉
    I found all 3 ingredients @ the O-town Hyvee with no problem! I bought enough for 10 batches for $16…..also very pumped about that 🙂
    2 questions. Will my food processor decontaminate so that I can still use it to make baby food? I didn’t think about that until after I started blending stuff up…oopsies!
    Also….do you know if people who are sensitive to fragrant detergents do better with this? My SIL has to use All Free & Clear bc my nephew is sensitive, so I was wondering if this would be better for him?

    • simplyaltered Says:

      yeah, I am SO glad you are getting into the laundry soap craze!!! you will never go back. 🙂
      On the food processor? I use mine for everything, and have never noticed any contamination. Some have though, but I have not. I do make sure it gets soaked ASAP when I am done and then goes right into the dishwasher, and turned on ASAP.
      Sensitivity?? perfect question!!! it is absolutely GREAT for that!! my son has allergies and severe excema!!! we have always washed his clothes separately since he was born (he is now 14). We had always used All Free & Clear. No longer….we do everything in this stuff now!!! and also, he was hyper-sensitive to the fabric softener as well and even better as we no longer need it either. I am ONLY using this laundry soap and nothing else…on everything we wash.
      Hmmmmm…..nothing but positives huh??? are you gonna blog on it?? let me know if you have any more questions…..

  100. Amish Quilts Says:

    With my husband retiring soon and I’m looking for present ideas and searching for a quitls I can give him. It’s tough trying to find a good site that you can trust. Booked marked and will be visiting again…Thanks!

  101. Jean McCormick Says:

    I just wondered if you are not doing much posting any more. I use to get all of your stuff but now I hardly get anything. Have you gone to Titter, I don’t have that. Thanks, Jean

  102. Laurie Says:

    I have a front loading washer with liquid dispenser. Any suggestions how to make the recipe a liquid? Thanks

    • simplyaltered Says:

      I have a front loader too, but it takes powder OR liquid. There are ways out there to make a liquid, but none that I have been very fond of. I have a thing about sitting water for amy length of time. I think it gets to a point of being unsanitary, so I have just never even tried it. Sorry.

  103. Becky Says:

    I was just at the new Fareway in Ames and am happy to announce that they now sell Fels Naptha!! So you can now get all 3 ingredients in one place! Word is spreading that this is the way to do laundry 🙂

    • simplyaltered Says:

      Oh good!!! keep spreading the word, and send them all to become subscribed members of my blog too. 😉

  104. Bobbette Palmer Says:

    I just wanted to comment on a recyling the Methodist Church is doing in Newton IA. They are the local center for making sleeping mats for Haiti. They cut up t-shirts at the arm pit area across and cut the band off the bottom then cut in 1 ‘ strips which are stretched to roll and then looed together, rolled in a ball then crochet This let the tops of the t-shirts and the bands. I went to the Newton animal resuce league and proposed the tops as little pads to put in their cages. If they got adopted it went with them. If they got dirty the could be washed. Neton suggested the bands could be woven together for dog toys. I have someone contacting Osky for this also. I am also going to contact PALS in Grinnell. We have around 25,000 t-shirts. We meet on Wed night and other times when people can make it. Person at Methodist Church in Newton is Deanne Herr.

    I think this is a great recycleing idea. Would you have any other practical ideas for the leftovers. Some parts have printed ads others do not.

  105. san Says:

    fyi. i seen DON MAXIMO SOAP here !

  106. Coffee Says:


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