So here I am at 38, very stuck in my ways, and there is no one who is going to convince me that making my own laundry detergent is a good thing. Here were my arguments against even trying it;
- It does not clean as well as the stuff I use now. (Wrong! It cleans way better than the national brand.)
- It will take to long to make. (Wrong! Normally one batch can be made in five minutes.)
- Only those weird homeschool people do this. (REALLY!?!!? I think most of my girlfriends are homeschool moms. None of them are any stranger than me.)
- I really will not save any money. (WRONG! this stuff is way less expensive than my precious Tide and Oxy Clean.)
|Three Simple Ingredients|
Powdered Laundry Detergent - Top Load Machine
- 1 Bar Fels-Naptha Soap
- 1 Cup Arm&Hammer Super Washing Soda
- 1/2 Cup Borax
Grate soap or cut into small chunks and process in the food processor until it is as close to a powder as it can be. Do not use the blender. I tried it once. Something about the shape and the heat from the blender, kind of melted the soap pieces and they got really sticky and clumpy. Next, just mix all the ingredients, place them in a container that will seal, and GO DO SOME LAUNDRY.
For a light load, use 1 TBSP of detergent.
For a heavy or soiled load, use 2 TBSP of detergent.
This detergent will not foam like the national brand does. It contains no phosphates and phosphates are what foams up in regular detergents.
* Use Arm & Hammer "Super Washing Soda", not regular baking soda.
** You may replace the Fels-Naptha with; Ivory, Sunlight, Kirk's Hardwater Castle or Zote. Do not use heavily perfumed soap.
I still use bleach in the bleach load. Call me old fashioned but, bleach=clean/white.
All these ingredients can usually be found in the laundry isle at major grocery stores or Wal-Mart. I order the Fels-Naptha by the case (24 bars) at my local Do It Best hardware store. I get the case discount so the soap ends up costing me $1.19 per bar. They have it shipped to the store and I pay no shipping.
Also, keep a bar of the Fels-Naptha unwrapped next to your laundry sink. It is the best stain remover EVER. Just dampen the stain, scrub with the Fels-Naptha bar, rinse, repeat & rub with the soap again. Let the garment sit or throw it into the washing machine with the extra soap still in it.
This recipe cost around $2 to make and will wash around 40 loads of laundry.