Sunday, October 5, 2014

Laundry Detergent--Powdered

This has a nice clean scent and lasts a long time!  It is very economical and works well.

USE:  1-2 TBSP per load of laundry.

1 - 4# box Borax (76 oz)
1 - 4# box Baking Soda (2 c)
1 - 4# box Washing Soda (55 oz.)
3 bars Fels-Naptha Soap -OR- 2 bars Zote Soap (MY NOTE--I've tried both and found I like the Fels Naptha soap better--seems to clean better)
2 sm containers Oxy Clean (abt 3.5 lbs)
1-2 (55 oz) total bottles Purex Crystals or Unstoppables (opt--this just add scent and the original scent is very clean and lovely.  This also adds to the cost of the whole recipe)

Grate Soap in food processor (add some baking soda or washing soda makes it easier to grate--especially with the Fels-Naptha Soap which is a bit sticky unless you let it sit out for a few weeks to harden and dry out first)

Start adding other ingredients a little at a time to fully incorporate.
Can do half batches at a time and put in garbage bag to mix.
Store in airtight containers such as canning jars or coffee cans.

MY NOTE:  I have used several batches of this.  It can be taken down to the basics by using just the borax, baking soda, washing soda and Fels-Naptha soap.  It cleans well but does need to use something to whiten whites after a while as I found they do become dingy even if using the oxy clean in the mix, so oxy clean can be left out and just used as needed per batch.
I have used in top loaders and my front HE loaders.  Works well in either.  I like it!  :)

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