I’ve been making my own powdered laundry detergent for a few years now. My husband is a mechanic, so his work clothes get GROSS. He comes home covered in transmission fluid, grease, sweat, and oil. With this detergent – I am able to wash his clothes right along with everything else, even my (non-wool) handknits, and my children’s clothes.
Start up ingredients needed:
Grater ($1 at most dollar stores) – Please don’t use your normal kitchen one unless you want to ruin it.
Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap (Can be found in most laundry detergent isles. It costs about $1 per bar)
Ivory Bar Soap (Can be found with other bar soaps. Usually costs about $2.50 for 3)
Box of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda (Can be found in most laundry detergent isles. About $3)
Box of Borax (Can be found in most laundry detergent isles. About $5)
You will only use a fraction of the Borax and Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda per batch. I very rarely need to replace these items, and I wash 2-3 loads of laundry a day. The bar soap I buy in bigger quantities to keep extras on hand, but you don’t need to do this to just try it out.
This recipe makes enough laundry soap to last us about 2 months. It takes me about 15 minutes from start to finish to make this soap and it costs me about $0.02 per load (less if I buy the items in bulk and/or with coupons).
– – Grate 2 bars of Ivory soap and 1 bar of Fels-Naptha Laundry Soap – this is a great arm exercise.
– – Measure out 3 cups of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
– – Measure out 1.5 cups of Borax
Mix everything together really well, and store in any container you’d like. (I use a tupperware container.)
Use just like regular laundry detergent, except only add 1 TBSP per load. (I add 2 TBSP for large or heavily soiled loads.)