This is my tried and true homemade powder detergent:
1 bar ivory soap 1/2 cup washing soda (arm & hammer - make sure it's "washing") 1/2 cup borax
Grate the ivory soap. I usually use the big side of the grater and then toss it in my food processor to get it small. You want it like powder. Mix it with the washing powder and borax and there you go.
It really does work just as good as name brand detergent and the best part is it only takes 1 - 2 tbsp per load! LOVE it.
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We must all be on the same wavelength here -- I looked up laundry soap recipes last week. I hadn't known they existed until I read something somewhere and started to Google it. I couldn't believe there were so many variations with similar ingredients.
Here are a few of the dozens that I found:
Homemade Powdered Detergent for front-loading washers: http://diynatural.com/simple-easy-fast-e ffective-jabs-homemade-laundry-detergent/
Two styles of Homemade detergent for both top-loading & front-loading washers (they're mixed in with food recipes! So it's a few recipes down the page, under a dessert!): http://www.duggarfamily.com/recipes.html
Homemade Laundry Detergent & Bathroom Cleaner: http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/wh y-homemade-laundry-detergent-rocks-lm. html
I haven't made any yet, and supposedly the ones that result in a gel are the best, but I'm still researching the dry-powdered recipes because I have to carry everything a couple of blocks or so to the laundromat -- powder is lighter and usually accident-proof.
1/3 bar of Fels-Naptha bar soap (5.5 oz. bar) 1/2 cup Arm and Hammer super washing soda 1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax--laundry booster 1 Tablespoon essential oil (optional) 2 one gallon jugs
Grate the bar soap and put in a large saucepan with 6 cups of water. Heat on medium heat until soap melts. Add soda, borax and oil and continue to cook 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let partially cool. Stir and put half the mix in each jug. Fill each jug half full of hot water and shake well. Fill jugs to the top, shake again and set aside for 24 hours. Use 1/2 to 2/3 cup per load--will not suds up like other detergents. Shake before each use--it tends to settle a bit. Also I use vinegar jugs--they are heavier than milk jugs. This probably costs about 40 cents a gallon to make and lasts us (2 people) for 2 to 3 months. You might have to pre-treat greasy food spots and bad grass stains. good luck--Jean
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