Homemade Laundry Detergent

Homemade POWDER Laundry Detergent

2 cups 20 Mule Team Borax
2 cups Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1 bar Fels Naptha or 1/2 bar Zote, grated (I use a fine grater for Fels Naptha and a standard grater for Zote)

Grate the soap and then place all three ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir to thoroughly combine. Transfer to an airtight container for storage. Use 1 tablespoon of this detergent for small to medium size loads and 2 tablespoons for large or heavily soiled loads.

In case you are wondering, I have made a liquid laundry soap in the past as well. The powder version is my favorite for it's simplicity and ease of use. By popular request, I'm adding directions below for the liquid version as well.

Homemade LIQUID Laundry Detergent

1/3 bar Fels Naptha or other type of soap, as listed above
1/2 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
1 small bucket, about a 2 gallon size; I use a large box with a snap tight lid to store it.

Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan.  Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts.  Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved.  Remove from heat.  Pour 4 cups very hot water into the bucket. Add the soap mixture and stir.  Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir.  Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel.  Use 1/2 cup of the liquid soap per load.

The finished soap will not be a solid gel.  It will be more of a watery gel that has been accurately described as an "egg noodle soup" look. The soap is a low sudsing soap.  If you don’t see suds, that is fine. Suds do not do the cleaning, it is the ingredients in the soap.

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