I have been making my own laundry detergent for quite sometime now. Several years ago I tried making it using the recipe that you have to cook on the stove. I thought it took too long and I was not thrilled about the goopy gel that it ended up being. It worked pretty well but I just did not care for the messiness of it. So I stopped making it. Until this year. I found an easy recipe for powdered laundry detergent. It is really super easy. It works and will save you money.
What you will need:
2 cups of bar soap ( you can use Ivory, Fels Naptha, Zote or some other soap if you have a preference. I use Ivory). I have found that one standard bar of Ivory soap equals two cups. I buy my Ivory soap in the dollar store. (I love the dollar store) I buy my borax and washing soda at the grocery store. Sometimes I can find it at Walmart. I just bought some over the weekend. I spent $7.00 total for a box of each.
1 Cup of 20 Mule Team Borax
1 Cup of Super Washing Soda (not to be confused with baking soda)
A food processor
Step one: Grate the bar soap. When I first started to make this laundry soap, I made sure I grated the soap super fine. It took too long. So I stopped and used a more coarse grate. It works. It takes very little time. I make my boys grate it. Cause that’s how I roll here.
The boys had four bars of soap grated in less than 10 minutes. They are fast!
Step two: dump the soap, borax and washing soda into the food processor. Pulverize into a fine powder. Dump into a lidded container. There! You’re done! Really! You’re now ready to roll.
Step three: do your laundry. You only need two tablespoons per load. Really…I’ve tried it. It works. That’s all you need. I have had no problems getting the soap do dissolve. I use cold water. Always. There is no undissloved powder or soap residue.
This is four batches of laundry soap all ready and waiting. This took less than 10 minutes to make. It will last me almost four months depending on how much laundry I do. I still have enough borax and washing soda left to make at least four more batches.
Just a little Warning: if you are looking for lots of suds you will not find them. It’s ok. The laundry detergent is working. You do not need lots of suds to get clean clothes.
Final step: If you like it. Make a double or quadruple batch like I did today. It takes minutes to make. You will be happy you did.