26 April 2011

99 Skills Challenge: #32 Make your own laundry soap

#32 Make your own laundry soap

We used up the last of our store-bought laundry detergent, so it's time to experiment with #32 on my 99 Skills Challenge list.  To read more about the challenge, click here.

The ingredients to the laundry detergent are very similar to the ones I used for my dishwasher powder.  The two additions are baking soda (which I had in the house) and Fels-Naptha bar soap, which I bought at the local grocery store, in the same isle as detergents and cleaners.  I used a recipe from Sew Much Ado.  There is also a liquid recipe that I will try in the future.  But for now, it's just the powder stuff.  I've done one load so far.  I normally use liquid detergents, but I threw the powder in with some water before the clothes, to make sure it was dissolved.  I also threw in half a cup of vinegar to the load for good measure.  So far, no complaints.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

1 bar Fels-Naptha Soap
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
1/4 cup Baking Soda

1. Finely Grate Soap.  I used the grate attachment on my food processor.  Then I attached the regular blade and pulsed until it was finely grated.

2. Add Borax, Washing Soda, and Baking Soda.

3. Stir.  You want it to look like a well-blended powder.  I just added everything to the mason jar and shook it.  It took longer than expected.  In the future, I'll add everything back to the food processor and pulse.

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