I have tried a couple of homemade laundry powder "recipes" and, this one is a keeper. It is easy to make, but more importantly, it cleans your clothes. Your laundry will come out of the washer clean, fresh smelling and did I mention clean? In addition, this laundry powder is not over perfumed, contains harmful ingredients or phosphates.
|How to make Homemade Laundry Soap|
Which means, I have been doing laundry for a very long time! Clothes and linens used on a regular basis will get a bit dingy and that will happen with any laundry product used, homemade or purchased. The difference between commercial laundry powders and this homemade version is that with the commercial product the extra cleaning chemicals used to prevent any dingy build-up, are in every load of laundry and going down every drain, each time you wash a load of clothes.
That seems to be a lot of unnecessary chemicals, load after load. Week after week.....
To prevent that dingy look, every six months (or so) I will give the whites an extra little tumble with additional Oxyclean, but otherwise, this is a complete laundry powder. The only thing to make my laundry perfect would be a clothes line to hang them on to dry.
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Let's get started, but only if you want to save some money and still get clean clothes. All of these cleaning produces are easily obtained from our local market. Making this a great solution for your laundry needs. By the Way, if you would also like to eliminate fabric softener sheets from your household, you might be interested in making a few Woolen Dryer Balls, it is very esay and a great way to repurpose old or no longer needed wool sweaters.
Happy Clothes Laundry Powder
Largely adapted from: Love made the radish grow
and countless other internet searches!
1 bar Fels Naptha soap
2 c borax
2 c washing soda
1/2 c baking soda
1 c Oxyclean or oxygen laundry additive
Note: I usually make a double batch to save time, the ingredients in the following photos are for a double batch.
Cut soap in half, grate using grater attachment. Empty into a large mixing bowl, change to the chopping blade.
Pulse mixture until the volume is reduced by half, making small pebbles of chopped soap.
|Homemade Laundry Soap, a powder|
Return soap to the mixing bowl, add remaining ingredients. Please note, you may need to press the baking soda and washing soda through a seive to remve any lumps. Combine until completely mixed. Package into a sealed container, we use empty coffee cans.
Use a coffee measuring spoon, 1 slightly rounded scoop for a small load, 2 scoops for a large load. If you are washing really dirty clothes, add up to 1/2 extra scoop.
When my original processor bowl became scratched worn, I turned it into the soap processing bowl. I have the recipe taped right on the side. This way I do not have to be concerned about soap flavor getting into the new processor bowl, I use to cook with. This soap bowl just goes back on the storage shelf in the garage, ready to use again.
I hope this recipe works as well for you as it does for us.
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