March 10, 2011

Crafty Friday 3/11 - Powdered Laundry Detergent

Can someone please tell me how in the world it's already Friday again?? I feel like I got nothing done this week. Guess I'm working this weekend.

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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  1. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I'm gonna mix some of this myself! Here's a link to an older post of mine, where I give the recipe for all purpose cleaner and some other interesting tidbits learned from wise friends. The cleaner recipe came to me from a very smart and savvy beloved neighbor!

    I'm gonna go make laundry soap!

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  3. Thank you for posting this blog! I have always been interested in environmentally friendly cleaning products. I am going to mix some of this up myself. I have quite a few recipes I keep on hand for various cleaning tasks and will add this to them.

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  5. Thanks so much for that recipe, I'll be making it today :)

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  7. Hi! just wanted to let you know that I did end up making this soap and I love it! It works great and is so simple to make. Thanks so much!

    I blogged about it here

  8. I have been wanting to try a homemade laundry detergent for a while now. Thanks! Visiting from the Girl Creative.



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