Homemade Laundry Detergent
- Snapware Airtight Storage Container (must be airtight or it will clump!)
- Measuring Cup
- 2 bars Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap - Grated
- 2 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
- 2 cup Dry Powdered Borax
- 2 cups of Oxi-Clean Free and Clear Powdered (Optional)
1. Grate 2 bars Fels Naptha Laundry Soap
I bought a cheap cheese grater and plastic shoe box from dollar store and use exclusively for grating the soap and storing my soap making tools. If you grate the Fels Naptha soap pieces too big, they won't dissolve, so do not rush this step. A friend tried this recipe and she said she used her food processor but the pieces were too big and did not dissolve. Sometimes I grate them, then use my fingers to break into crumbles.
2. Add in other powdered ingredients
I also bought a cheap measuring cup from dollar store that I use exclusively for soap making because Borax is toxic to ingest.
4. Use 1 1/2 Tbsp for an Extra Large Load in a Non High Efficiency Washer (see below if you have High efficiency washer). Experiment with a load of towels to see if you can get away with just using 1 1/2 TBSP in your washer.
I have heard some people complain it doesn't melt in cold water, but since I ONLY use cold water to wash clothes the temp of the water is not the problem. If the soap flakes are not dissolving, you are not using enough water and/or stuffing your washer too full, or are using too much soap. High Efficiency washers do not use as much water as older washers. If you have a high efficiency washer you will need to use less detergent.
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