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Has anyone tried making their own laundry detergent? I read a recipe which used Fels Naptha soap, borax, and Arm and Hammer Super washing soda. It makes 10 gallons. You use 5/8ths of a cup per regular load. Does it clean regular clothing, etc.? Just curious. Thanks in advance.
By SANDI from Scotland, CT
I make laundry powder using 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup soda ash, 1 cup Borax, 15 drops of whatever essential oil I happen to like at the moment, then whisk it all together until blended. My favorite scent is Lily of the Valley; many people think of it as "fresh linen". My husband loves the smell. For a big tough guy, he has remarkably sensitive skin and this detergent doesn't bother him at all. His work coveralls & jeans get very dirty but this does the trick. I only use about 1/4 cup. I gave some to a friend for Christmas (she had admired the scent) and she uses it for her fine hand-washables.
I made my own powdered laundry detergent once and won't waste money making any more. By the time that I bought all of the necessary ingredients which were Fels Naptha soap, Borax, and Arm and Hammer Super washing soda to make it I found it was much cheaper actually buying liquid laundry detergent at the dollar stores.
We make our own and love it. I have daily clothing alon with work uniforms. It cleans as well as store-bought also we love it because there is no strong fragrance to it. Even with fels naphtha bar it almost scent free . A major plus because when it come to handling our honeybees we can't have any scents or fragrance on us. I guess it all depends on if you have a Lot of laundry to do and if you can get the ingredients at good price to. We make the liquid and it was
Cheaper than the powder, also for a family of three it lasts 5-6 months.
Yes, I made this exact soap and used it and also gave it for Christmas gifts one year....BUT I don't recall it calling for that much soap per wash, it was more like 1/4 cup. Please review that part.