Posted: April 15, 2012 Filed under: House Hold Goods | Tags: borax, Fels-Naptha, Homemade laundry powder, homemade laundry soap, laundry powder, laundry soap
I have used this recipe for several years and love it. It is inexpensive to make and works great. My six year old has not produced many stains that this formula has not battled and battled well.
It is low sudsing so it is safe for HE washers.
The differences you should expect.
- Commercial laundry powder is highly perfumed – this is not. Clothes will smell and be clean but not fragrant.
- This will not suds up or foam up.
- You only use up to 1 tbsp per large load of laundry.
- Aproximately 13 dollars will make the equivalent of 4 boxes of commercial powder.
First time shopping list. 4 bars Fels-Naptha. 1 large box baking soda(found in laundry aisle not baking aisle). 1 box washing soda. 1 box borax. I can get all of these in the laundry aisle of Publix. Wal-Mart usually has all but the Fels-Naptha.
I have heard of many using a bar soap such as Dove or Dial instead with great results as well. I have only tried the below recipe myself.
1 bar of Fels-Naptha
1 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Washing soda
1 cup Borax
Grate the Fels-Naptha or cut into small blocks and chop it in a blender. I think adding a little of your baking soda and a couple of small pieces of the soap at a time in the blender works best. Process until the powder is as fine as your blender is capable.
Add soap powder / baking soda mixture to other ingredients. I like to store it in a lock and seal type container. Shake this to mix and incorporate together.