I did manage to try and use a new laundry detergent recipe this week and I am in love with it!
For the last 3 years I've been making liquid laundry detergent. Why? I'm not sure. Maybe because I'd used liquid laundry soap all of my adult life and liquid homemade soap was the first recipe I tried.
I came across someone recently that had made laundry soap from some homemade soap bars and left it in powdered form. I was intrigued. The first batch I made used one of the handmade bars of soap left in our inventory (there were only a couple left from the farmers market last year). I liked it and it smelled great, but when it ran out I wanted to use a different bar soap.
I picked up a bar of Kirk's Original Coco Castile soap and it's so yummy! I just made this batch of soap up today and have used it twice. It was so easy and it smells wonderful. I don't think I will ever make liquid laundry soap again!
Powder Laundry Detergent
1 bar soap (3-4 oz) Basic soap bars work great for this Ivory, Fels Naptha, Kirk's
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
Grate the bar soap into fine pieces or use a food processor to grind it up. (I have a food processor just for soap that I got at a garage sale).
Mix the soap, borax and washing soda.
Use 1 tablespoon per load. If you have a super capacity washer or an extra dirty load use 2 tablespoons.
I did the math and it looks like one batch is approx. 40-45 loads using 1 tablespoon per load.
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