Well our bulk detergent (Arm & Hammer Essentials Free btw) finally ran out... So I started looking into what I needed as soon as I saw that coming. I've found a ton of recipes online, but most are for liquid & that sounds like it takes more work both to make and to store... So I figured a powdered version sounded better lol.
I decided to go with this one from Tip Nut (although to be perfectly honest that's just where I'm getting it right now, I've seen the same recipe on 50 diff sites).
Powdered Laundry Detergent – Recipe #4
2 cups Fels Naptha Soap (finely grated – you could also try the other bar soaps listed at the top)
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
- Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container.
- Use 2 tablespoons per full load.
I grated the soap first... Like I said before, we used Ivory... I don't know that I've ever used this soap for anything else (I might have....) but I noticed a few things right away.
1. The paper wrapper is thin and gets wet easily even through the plastic wrapping if you buy a package. (Yes my daughter tried to eat it) Thankfully the soap was protected anyway lol.
2. Its very soft... which is good for grating, but be careful of chunks falling off.
3. It smells like Africa. I'm not really sure why, but it really reminds me of there. Then again random things do do that to me.. and I am pregnant & have the whole weird smell/taste thing going on so keep in mind that may very well be it. Its not an unpleasant thing either way...
I would like to use a food processor for that step at some point... I've seen it as an option somewhere or another. But right now our only one is the one for Baby Food... and while I'd like to get a real one (for the same purpose... too many batches with this one) I don't want to have to get a real one either. So for now sticking with just grating it. Was very easy to do though.
After I grated the soap I transferred it over to a Ziploc bag... and then measured out the other two ingredients and added them in with it. Sealed and mixed.. Very easy. It took me less than 10 minutes to make... much less than 10 minutes. Maybe closer to 5?
Obviously I haven't used it just yet, I'll be sure and update when I do & let yall know how it works!
My only issue so far is I'd like to know how many loads this makes. I can't seem to find that info for powdered recipes. They have it for the liquid ones... Wait... found a way to do it... half this recipe is 2 cups or 16 loads (going by 2 tablespoons... that recipe says to use 1 though... hmm.. experimenting I think) so this would be 4 cups or 32 loads... 64 loads if only one tbsp is needed. Nice. (here's the link for the half recipe btw)