Thursday, September 17, 2009

Powdered Laundry Detergent

Sometime back, I wanted to make my own laundry detergent. Between eczema and psoriasis in my home, I wanted something gentler on the skin and really can not afford to buy the more expensive brands. I set out to find the ingredients I needed, but was coming up short. The stores in my area do not carry Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda. I called my local Kroger and they ordered it for me.

The recipe is as follows:
2 cups finely grated bar soap (I used Fels Naptha)
1 cup Borax
1 cup washing soda
Mix ingredients and use 2 tablespoons per load.

Now, I put all of my ingredients into the blender after I mixed them so I could get a finer powder. I washed a load with only 2 tablespoons and my clothes did not smell fresh. I could still smell auto parts store on my husband's uniform. I put them back in the wash and used 3 tablespoons instead. I suspect it was because of the hard water we have here.
I am going to try liquid detergent next, but it takes a large bucket and I don't really have the room for it in my utility room.
I don't know the breakdown of the cost per load, but I have seen that it is significantly cheaper.