Sunday, February 5, 2012

Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent

I haven't sunk into old-fashioned enough to wash my clothes by hand, but I do make my own powdered laundry detergent. It's astonishingly easy and economical, and it doesn't have all those chemicals and scents that most modern day suds have.

Meg's Wash Day Powdered Laundry Detergent

1 cup Grated Laundry Bar Soap*
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
1/2 Baking Soda

1. Grate the soap bar and let it sit out to dry for a few days. I whazz mine up in an old blender to make it extra fine.

2. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and then put into a pretty container to store. I re-purpose those old mason jars that aren't good for canning with any longer.

3. Use 1-2 tablespoons per wash. If washing with cold water, I like to mix soap with a bit of hot water to dissolve.

*In Canada, you can find Sunlight bar soap in the laundry aisle, in the US, look for Fels Naptha, or Zote.