Monday, April 7, 2014

Powdered Laundry Detergent

I've made my own laundry detergent for just about 6 years now.  For the first 4 1/2, I used this liquid laundry detergent recipe.  I decided last September to try this powdered version.  Most of the ingredients are the same, this recipe just seemed to be a bit easier.
I think the best part is that I am still going on the same batch I made 7 months ago.  I'm about half way through it.  This stuff lasts forever!  And it works great, obviously, since I am still using it.  If you don't want to make a years supply all at once, I've included the measurements, so you can half or quarter the recipe below.
I opted out of using the fabric softener, which the original recipe calls for.  I have quiet a few articles of clothing that aren't recommended to wash with liquid softeners.  I don't miss it.  I think it ups the price and I find it unnecessary.
As far as grating the soap goes; I've found it easiest to just put it in my blender with the other powdered ingredients.  It pulses everything better than grating could, which makes it dissolve easier and saves a load of time.  I have a blendtec... not sure how this would work in a regular blender.

Powdered Laundry Detergent
Recipe modified from How Does She?

4 lb 12oz box of Borax (9 c.)
3 lb 7oz box Super Washing Soda (6 c.)
3 lb container OxyClean (5 c.)
2 (14oz) bars Zote Soap
4 lb box Baking Soda (8 c.)

Cut soap bars into 4-6 pieces.
Put a few soap pieces in the blender and fill with powdered ingredients (to about 4 cups).
Blend until smooth.
Pour into large bucket.
Repeat with remaining soap chunks and powdered ingredients.
Stir everything together in bucket to incorporate all ingredients.
Use 2 Tbsp. per large load of laundry.

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