Hello Hello! It’s me again, the absentee blogger. (Perhaps I should have used that as my title. It’s more than fitting.) I’m just popping again for a brief update. My sister and I have had a rough time financially, since her companion dog had emergency, and expensive, surgery. (We should be back on track sometime in October, so it’s only a few more weeks of payment arrangements and bumming money from relatives.) One of our money-saving ideas was to make our own laundry soap.
Now, I know it probably seems pretty obvious thing to do. After all, I am a soapmaker, so why wouldn’t I make laundry soap? Well, to be honest, I was a bit daunted by it. Combine caustic soda with water, add melted fat, yes, I can do that. Combine household ingredients to properly clean laundry? No siree. The very idea gave me the collywobbles.
Until my sister found a great, simply recipe, that is. Armed with the proper ingredients, a grater, a blender, and a sealable container we set to work. In no time we had a fabulous bucket of clean-smelling powdered detergent! (Thanks to Matt Jabs at DIY Natural for the recipe!) Here is what we used:
1 bar Fels-Naptha laundry soap (or Zote)
1 cup Borax (20 Mule team is a great choice)
1 cups Arm and Hammer washing soda
Unwrap the laundry soap and allow to air dry for a few days. (This is optional, but does make the grating easier and allows it to blend better.) In a large bowl grate the soap. Add the borax and washing soda, mix well, and scoop a cup into a blender. Blend until thoroughly mixed, pour into an airtight container, and add another cup of the mixture to the blender. Continue until the entire batch has been blended. To use, add a tablespoon per load of laundry, two tablespoons for heavily soiled clothes.
That’s it! It’s that simple, and it works great! I absolutely adore the fragrance, it’s clean without being perfume-laden, and it does a fantastic job of cleaning.
I highly, highly recommend trying this recipe. Let me know how it turns out for you!