3.21.2011

homemade laundry soap

a couple years ago i started using this recipe for homemade laundry soap.  i just thought it would look cute in a jar in my laundry room.  much to my surprise, i love it!  this soap is perfect for sensitive skin.  it works great in front loaders because it's doesn't get too sudsy.  i love the clean smell of fels naptha.  and i really think it works great for getting our clothes clean.  i still add good 'ol oxi clean on occasion and i can't seem to get unhooked from my storebought fabric softener.  however, using this recipe, i only buy liquid laundry soap once or twice a year(i like to rotate between this and liquid) so it saves a little money.  plus it's hard to find good detergent for sensitive skin so that's probably our biggest reason for using it.
i usually find all of these items at the grocery store in the laundry aisle(except for the baking soda)

Powdered Laundry Detergent
2 bars Fels Naptha, grated fine*
3 cups Borax
3 cups WASHING Soda
2 cups Baking Soda (optional)


 Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
Store in an airtight container.
I use 2T for an "he" washer
or 4T for a full load in a regular washer.
*Grate the Fels Naptha as fine as possible.  If it's not grated fine
it won't dissolve as easily and will leave residue in your washer.
I chop mine on a cutting board, then put it in my food processor in batches.

just last week i found this cute scoop in the coffee aisle at our local grocery store.  before that i was using a regular measuring spoon from my kitchen.  so much cuter and easier!
happy laundering!

3 comments:

Sarah said...

I've been making that too! Thanks for the coffee scoop tip. I think Michele said if you put the Fels Naptha in the fridge first, it grates easier. I do that, then I put it back in the fridge for a bit, then in the food processor. I was able to get it more fine that way. I like to put on a chick flick while I make it. :)

The P*dunc's said...

it's been my fourth day using homemade laundry soap (i found a liquid recipe) and I LOVE IT! I need to find a cute container and scoop like yours!

oh, and your cookie recipes are so far 2 for 2 (giant cookie and sugar cookie...yummy!!!!)

Bekah said...

Hey Sara, it's Richie's cousin. I thought I'd tell you I kicked my fabric softener habit a few months ago. I replaced it with white vinegar. The vinegar helps get rid of soap residue that can make your clothes stiff - and it's great for keeping your washer clean. I don't use a lot; I just fill up the dispenser in my HE washer. It's probably a 1/4 cup at most. My towels and sheets come out of the dryer very soft. Give it a try and see what you think!