Powdered Laundry Soap
I ended up using the recipe that is on the Fels-Naptha Wikipedia page, go figure
- 1 bar Fels-Naptha soap, grated (or any other PURE soap)
- 1 cup washing soda (Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda)
- 1 cup borax (20 Mule Team)
Combine grated soap with washing soda & borax. Use 1 tablespoon for light load, 2 tablespoons for heavy or heavily soiled load. Use half that for front-loading washers.
Note: I used the the grater attachment on my food processor to grate the soap. Because I have a front loader washing machine, I was concerned that the big grated chunks of soap wouldn't dissolve so I changed to the chopping blade and chopped it up as fine as I could. Then, I added the washing soda and borax and pulsed a couple of times to combine.Dr. Bronner's soap, which would smell better anyways as I find the smell of Fels Naptha to be a bit much for my taste. Plus, it's probably easier to find as they now sell Dr. Bronner's at Target!
I've only used this on four loads of laundry and so far everything has come out clean and super soft. My husband was concerned because there was no sudsing action, but apparently that is the case. No suds! Anyone else out there making homemade laundry soap? Any tips? Comments?