I'll be honest, when I read about cooking the soap on the stove top and stirring it in a five gallon bucket, I shied away from the thought of making my own laundry soap about as quickly as if I'd just seen a spider. I don't want to spend my energy on that. Not in this season of my life anyway.
Then I found the recipe for powder laundry soap. And, I thought, "Hey, I can do this!"
So here is the recipe I have been using:
Laundry Detergent Powder
1/2 a bar Fells Naptha soap
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda (not to be confused with baking soda)
1) Take a sharp knife and cut your bar of soap in half. Don't cry if you aren't exact. Chop the half bar of soap up into smaller pieces or slices.
2)Grate your smaller chunks or slices of soap in a food processor. Or, you could just grate them by hand. Either way, you want it to be well grated into small pieces.
3) In a mixing bowl, mix together the grated soap, borax powder, and washing soda. I don't recommend mixing it all in the food processor simply because of the powder plume that will accost you when you take the lid off when you are finished mixing. Don't ask me how I know...
4) Use a funnel, pour your newly made laundry soap into a clean, dry, air-tight jar. I used a washed pickle jar and its worked very nicely at holding my laundry soap.
Use two tablespoons for each normal sized load. I use a cheap little coffee scoop that I keep in the jar with the soap so I don't lose it. ☺ Update: I've been using only 1 T. with great results and I save even more money!!
Some people add vinegar into the rinse cycle of the washing machine to brighten their whites but, quite frankly, I never remember. ☺
These ingredients are a good investment to have on hand because there are many other uses for each. Right now, I am experimenting with using water and Fels Naptha rubbed into stains as a stain remover.
This homemade laundry soap works great for me. However, I like to change things up once in a while. The next batch I prepare, I would like to try adding an essential oil or replace the Fells Naptha soap with a bar of Dr. Bronner's Castile soap.
What is your favorite laundry soap and stain remover? Have you tried homemade?
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