I have been making my own laundry detergent for about 2 years now. I was making the liquid laundry detergent by the 5 gallon bucket. It was not the most fun, but it saved tons of money for me. Last week I tried a new recipe for powdered laundry detergent. It’s easier to make and it smells fresher.
Here’s what you need:
- 3 Fels Naptha bars of soap
- 4 cups Borax
- 4 cups Washing Soda
- 1 cup baking soda
- Hand Grater or Food Processor
Grate the bars of soap or cut into to smaller chucks and put them in the food processor. Then add all the ingredients to a very large container (at least a gallon sized), preferably with a lid. I used an empty gallon-sized ice cream bucket that I had. I layered in each ingredient and mixed with a spoon, then secured the lid on my container and shook it for additional mixing. :)
For a regular load, you only need 1 Tablespoon and for really dirty loads 2 Tablespoons. It works great and my clothes smell fresher than with the liquid recipe.