I decided to make my first batch of powder laundry detergent today. It was pretty easy but, if you do this, remember to WEAR A MASK while making it! The soap particles will float up into the air and it really sucks to inhale them. lol
Me wearing my mask! 🙂
The soap I used (the green bar of Ivory) smells REALLY good too… can’t wait to use it on my laundry! I made this batch for both me and my mother-in-law to use. With how much she does the laundry, it should go rather quickly. 🙂
And I just realized how much I like to use smileys… hmmm.
Anyway, here’s the recipe!
1 bar Ivory Soap
1/2 cup Borax (20 Mule Team is the best, you can find it at your local grocery store in the laundry aisle)
1/2 cup Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer, not to be confused with Baking Soda, you can also find this in the laundry aisle)
a cheese grater or a knife to grate the soap
a container to put your detergent in
1. Grate the Ivory into the container you’ll use for the detergent. If you want a finer powder you can put your soap in a food processor AFTER grating it. Blend for a few seconds and it should be finely ground. 🙂
2. Pour your detergent back into the container you’ll be using. MAKE SURE YOU’RE STILL WEARING YOUR MASK! Put a 1/2 cup of Borax and a 1/2 cup of Washing Soda (again, NOT baking Soda!) into the container and SHAKE WELL!
You only need to use 1/8 of a cup of this per load. This recipe will make 16 loads, but you can tweak it to make more loads. Just double the ingredients (for example instead of using 1/2 cup of Borax and a 1/2 cup of Washing Soda, use 1 cup of Borax, and 1 cup of Washing Soda. Use 2 bars of soap).
THIS RECIPE IS A SUDS-FREE RECIPE, SO IT’S SAFE FOR HE WASHERS, AND YOU CAN USE IT AT ANY TEMPERATURE. 🙂
Easy, yes? I thought so too!