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This laundry soap is easy to make and free of that long list of chemicals you will find in your average container of store bought soap. It works well too!
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: About 4 cups
Source: Modified from a recipe in the book "Making It".
I have been making homemade laundry soap for years and I have an HE machine. I first made the liquid soap, but now I make the powdered and prefer that. My clothes are clean and fresh. I love that I can wash a whole year of clothes for about $10.
I use my food processor to shred the Zote soap and mix the dry ingredients. It only takes about 5 minutes to mix up a batch.
I use the same recipe for washing powders and it works wonders on my clothes and I only used two tablespoons per large load. I make a double batch of it and I stored in a 5-gallon bucket and I keep a container above my washing machine with a measuring spoon; I always noted on my calendar when I made the washing so I won't know how long this mixture last me doing laundry. It normally lasts me close to six months. I spend approximately $40 on the ingredients that make up this detergent
You are after my own heart Melissa! I too make homemade housecleaning products! Check out my liquid soap entry coming soon!
My laundry soap recipe is to stir and dissolve in hot water: 1/4 cup of Borax, 1/18 cup washing soda, 2 good squirts of Dawn dish detergent and add 1 gallon of warm water. I use an old laundry detergent bottle Washing soda is a strong strain remover which I no longer need now my children are grown; so I use just 1/8 cup instead of 1/4 cup. I use the detergent bottle measuring cup: 1/2 for light wore clothes and full measure for towels, jeans, etc.
Using a food processor is a great idea for shredding the soap.
jjsabath, yes, this will work in the washers too. Good question! :)
jjsabath, I meant to say this will work in the "he" high efficiency washers too. oops...lol...my mistake :)
Thank you for sharing. Does this work in HE washers?
Thank you Donna, isn't it fun making those things? :)
You can save a lot of money by making your own laundry powder. This page contains a recipe for DIY dry laundry soap for $20 a year.
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What bars of soap can I use to make laundry powder?
3 cups Borax (such as 20 Mule Team)
3 cups Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 Bar Zote Laundry Soap, Grated
I used a 3 gal bucket and put in one box of preshredded zote one box of arm and hammer washing soda and 3/4 a box of borax makes 6months - a year if detergent if using 1-2 tablespoons on each load. Spent $10.
I use Castille soap but there are those who use Felsnaptha, too. If I were to guess, I would say any soap works, according to your preferences. C:
I'm looking for a laundry detergent recipe.
By Bugluvver from St. Paul, MN
You can Google a recipe. I have been told the recipe containing felsnaptha is the better one.