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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Make your own Laundry Detergent

My friend Amanda just posted on her daughter's blog that she made her own laundry detergent, so of course I have to post my version. :) I printed this out long ago on an emergency newsletter that I publish at church.

It works beautifully and I use it all the cheap!

1 bar of soap, your preference. Fels Naptha, is commonly used, or Ivory or another plain pure soap.  I have used Fels Naptha but now I use Pure and Natural bar soap.

2 cups of washing soda (not baking soda... (Wal-Mart and Winco)
2 cups of borax
¼ cup Oxy-Clean powder


Use a cheese grater to grate up the bar of soap.
In a large container with a sealable lid, mix together the grated soap and borax, then ..
Add in the washing soda and oxy-clean
Put the lid on the container, and shake the container to mix the contents well.
When you do laundry, use about 1/4 cup, or if your machine is a front loading type, just use a heaping tablespoon.

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1 comment:

kdonat said...

Rather than grating the bar of soap, place it in a heat-proof bowl or casserole dish and microwave it on High in 1 minute increments until it puffs up. Watch closely as you don't want to over cook it. Mine took about 2 minutes total. Allow it to cool down and you will be able to crush it into a fine powder quite easily. Much easier than grating it.