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Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Homemade Laundry Soap
A few months back, a good friend whom I met through blogging sent me a recipe she uses for homemade laundry soap powder. She had found it on another blog and tweaked it a bit -- the original recipe called for soap flakes. She was unable to find soap flakes in her area, so she grated Fels Naptha soap to use instead. I've tweaked the recipe still more to use exactly 1 bar of Fels Naptha. It saves the step of measuring the grated soap. Here's the formula as I use it:
HOMEMADE LAUNDRY SOAP
1 bar Fels Naptha soap, grated (I use a hand grater and grate the soap onto waxed paper) 1 and 1/2 cups washing soda 1 and 1/2 cups borax
Combine all ingredients in a large glass or metal bowl.
Place about 1/3 of the mixture in a blender and blend until it becomes a powder. You will see small particles of the Fels Naptha, but in general you want a fairly uniform, dissolvable powder.
Empty soap powder out of blender into a container (which has a cover) to keep in the laundry room. I use recycled quart yogurt containers to keep my soap powder in.
Repeat with remaining mixture.
(After making the soap powder, wash the grater, bowl, blender container, measuring cups and any other utensils well in hot soapy water. Rinse with boiling water. This is just what I do -- it's not a good idea to ingest borax, so I want to make sure I get every trace of it off my utensils. That's also why I use metal or glass utensils and not plastic -- it seems to me that plastic is capable of absorbing substances.)
Use 1/4 cup soap powder for each load of laundry. I like to run a little warm water into the machine first, then add the powder and make sure it's dissolved before adding the clothes and turning the water temperature to cold.
I have been very, very pleased with the effectiveness and the low cost of this laundry soap powder. I passed the recipe on to another friend and she has been thrilled with how well it works, so much so that she is passing it on to others. Perhaps some of my readers would like to try it, too.
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.