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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent

One of my most popular posts is the homemade liquid laundry detergent.  I made my first batch of liquid detergent in January, and this double batch lasted me from the January to June. There are only two of us, but I was pretty impressed. That would mean I could most likely only have to make detergent twice, maybe three times per year. The liquid detergent is a little slimey, gloopy and doesn't look like traditional liquid detergent so may not be appealing to some people. If that was a problem for you, this recipe may be appealing.
This is an original Bricks & Bauble's recipe. 
This powdered detergent recipe is HE (high efficiency) safe. So here is what you need:
  • 2 cups of Borax
  • 2 cups of Super Washing Soda
  • 1 bar of Ivory Soap
  • 1/3 bar of Fels Naptha Laundry Soap
  • 1/2 Cup white Vinegar 
  • You may also want a food processor, I used my Ninja blender. 
1. If you are using a Ninja or a food processor roughly chop the soap, then tossed it in the ninja until it was pulverized into powdered dust. If you aren't using a Ninja, just grate the bar of Ivory soap & Fels Naptha washing soap. 
 2. Add the Borax and Washing Powder to the soap  and either stir, or blend together. Remove the combined powdered. 
3. Separate 1 cup of detergent and put it with the vinegar back into the Ninja*. Blend into as fine pieces as possible slowly add more dry powder, and mix again. Continue until the laundry detergent is fully blended. 
(Vinegar helps remove odor, and works as a natural fabric softener.)
If you still think it's too clumpy, you can sift it through a colander and re-blend the clumps into powder. *If you are not using a food processor or Ninja, combine with a fork. 

4. Add the powdered detergent into an adorably stylish jar (or whatever else you can find.) 
Bonus points for a cute label on your stylish jar! 

Use 1 Tablespoon per load. 
(Extra stinky load? you can use 2 Tbs)

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