- 2 parts grated Fels Naphtha Soap
(some use Ivory Bar Soap, others use Castile Bar Soap - I make my own 0% superfat hard soap and use that)
- 1 part Washing Soda (not baking soda - washing soda is a bit more caustic)
- 1 part Borax powder (as in 20 mule team - available in the laundry aisle at the grocery)
- A few drops citrus or lavender essential oil (OPTIONAL)
A good place to start with this is 1 cup soap shreds, 1/2 cup washing soda, and 1/2 cup borax. This will give you a few loads and you can decide whether or not you want to keep doing this. Plus, the leftover Fels bar can be used on stains, the washing soda can be used to boost your laundry detergent as well as other cleaning projects around the house, and the borax can be used for many, many things, not just laundry.
I make my powder with 1lb of soap shreds at a time. I use my food processor with the blade attachment. Put my 1lb of soap shreds (weighed out on my scale), 1/2 lb of washing soda and 1/2 of borax into the processor and process it all together til the consistency is similar to that of purchased laundry detergent.
If you're using an essential oil, stop the processor and add a drop. Process. Stop the processor & see if the scent is to your liking. Continue until it's how you want it. Remember, though, that essential oils are usually in carrier oils and you don't want much oil going into your wash! I don't add any essential oils to my powder.
Wash the food processor with hot water. I use 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time. It does dissolve in cold water, but not fast.
- COST: 4 cents to 8 cents per load as opposed to 14-28 cents per load with my previous purchased laundry detergent.
- Upside: low on scary chemicals and perfumes, cost,
- Downside: some stains need a little extra help here & there - I use dish soap, citric acid, hydrogen peroxide, or white vinegar depending on the type of stain.
This same recipe can be dissolved into water and used as a gel or as a liquid. I've followed a couple of recipes now, and have a very thick gel, but am trying to get to the pourable liquid point with this, so still experimenting. Will post what I know when I know it under separate heading...
Edited by: _JULEE_ at: 10/22/2011 (18:49)
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