This past week I finally purchased the three items needed to make your own powdered laundry detergent. I made it in about 5 minutes and have used it in a dozen loads of laundry. It works great!
Here is what you need:
-Washing Soda (I used Arm & Hammer)
-A bar of soap (I used Fels Naptha)
I purchased all of these at Wal-Mart. Check their laundry detergent aisle or the aisle right next to the detergents. I spent $3.38 on the Borax, $3.24 on the washing soap and 97 cents on the Fels Naptha.
You will also need a grater and something to put the finished product in.
Step 1: Grate the entire bar of soap. I used the largest grate and it worked okay. I may try a smaller grater next time.
Step 2: Combine the grated soap with 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of washing soda.
Step 3: Mix together.
Step 4: Put it in a fancy container with a scoop. Use 1/2 scoop to 1 scoop per load of laundry.
I purchased the glass jar & stainless steel coffee scoop at Wal-Mart as well. The glass jar was $3.97 and the scoop was $1.67.
Note: make sure you grate the soap smaller than I did if you use cold water. I recently made a second batch and it worked better to freeze the bar of soap before grating it.
All three ingredients cost me under $8 and next time I will just need to purchase a bar of soap. The borax & washing soda came in GIANT boxes and they will make a ton of detergent!
Want to make your own liquid detergent? Check out this blogger's recipe.
And another blogger's recipe.
Check out my updated laundry room!