I have been feeling kind of guilty.
I ran out of my laundry soap a few months ago and have been buying regular laundry detergent. Shhh - don't tell anyone.
I purchased all the ingredients to make my detergent a while ago - and there they sat. It isn't hard to make your own detergent but you
really need to do this outside.
You do not want the dust all over your kitchen.
It has been hot and I have been lazy.
Today, I got off my duff and set to making myself a years worth of laundry detergent.
I thought I would share this with my AR friends.
You can use any of these bar soaps.
Then you need Washing Soda and Borax.
are also going to need Oxy-Clean - I buy generic.
ingredients cost me about $15.00
Cut the soap in half. Yes, I use my chef's knife.
It has to fit in the feeder tube of the food processor.
use the food processor grater attachment.
Load the bar soap and grate.
is the pink Zote soap - which is very soft.
I use it for delicates.
Dump the grated soap into a bowl and insert the steel blade.
Depending on the size of your bowl you may have to work in small batches.
the Oxy-Clean and pulse -
add the other dry ingredients - pulse.
There you go - Laundry Detergent.
See that little scoop?
You use 1/2 of a scoop for regular loads.
A full scoop for heavily soiled clothes.
Use white vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser.
I promise your clothes will
not smell like vinegar.
click on the blue link for the 'recipe'
I should add a couple of comments.
1) I have an HE top load machine and this soap works great because it does
not suds up.
2) I know I have found all the ingredients at Winco. I have been told they are all at WalMart.
3) Kirk's Castile and Zote are my favorite for everyday use. Fels-Naptha is great for really dirty laundry.
4) It took me longer to write this blog than it did to make my laundry detergent - what the heck was I waiting for?
There have been many people asking where to buy the bar soaps. At your market look both on the laundry aisle and with the regular bar soaps. It will be on the very top or bottom shelf.
Here is a link to locations that sell the Kirk's Castile Soap.