Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Homemade laundry detergent…everyone needs to try it at least once!  A few years ago, I tried the liquid type…stirring over a stove grated Fels Naptha, measuring cups of water, stirring, stirring, stirring…I just couldn’t see myself doing this all the time.
Then, I found a recipe for dry, powder homemade laundry detergent.  This was quick, easy and cost effective! 
3 bars Fels Naptha, grated
1 box Borax
1 box Washing Soda
2 cups of baking soda
2 containers of Oxyclean
1-2 containers of Purex fabric softener crystals

shredded soap
1. Start by grating the Fels Naptha.  You can use a hand grater or a food processor.
Mixing up Homemade HE Laundry soap
2. Next, mix grated soap and the rest of your ingredients together. Most people mixed right into the tub where they were going to store their soap. A good idea is to use a big black garbage bag lining the bucket and poured everything in there. (Another hint: do this outside! All the powder can be a lot to breathe in.) Gather up the top of your garbage bag and keep tossing all the ingredients over and over until fully mixed.
jug of he soap
And here is your finished product. Store soap in a sealed container with a scoop. You can transfer what you need for a month into a smaller jar to keep in the laundry area. Use 2 Tablespoons of detergent for every load of laundry. Make sure to put the detergent DIRECTLY INTO THE TUB, not the detergent dispenser.
This was easy to prepare and made a big amount.  I'm going to love walking past the detergent aisle and not having to stop and purchase it!!

1 comment:

  1. Love this. I use Zote because it is plant based. Found it is easier to grate if it is left out for two or three days.

    Thanks so much for sharing.


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