You will want to start by purchasing these three main ingredients; Borax, laundry bar soap (I use Fels-Naptha) and Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (NOT baking soda.) If you read my article on how to make Liquid Laundry Soap then you will see that I have left out white vinegar and tea tree oil for making this powdered formula. As you can see below from the price on the shelf it is very inexpensive and will make quite a bit of detergent!
|These prices are from my local Wal-Mart|
I use the large plastic containers that are left over from either ice cream or from using the “off” brand of oxygen cleaner, which is usually a one gallon container, but you can use anything that is comfortable to you and suits your needs.
|Something like this will work well|
You will still need to shred the laundry bar soap, use which ever brand you like and depending on your area will depend on what is available. I have also found that if you don’t have the laundry bar soap you can use regular bar soap as long as it isn’t a moisturizing soap. You will want to shred the soap as fine as possible, if you have a food processor that would be ideal. I suggest using 1-2 bars of shredded soap for a one gallon container. I made three gallons of product and used about seven bars of shredded soap for my mixture.
|Shredded Fels-Naptha Laundry Soap|
- Use about 1 – 2 tablespoons of the powder
- Fill washer with water (I have NO experience with front loading machines)
- Then add in your clothes
- Let it cycle until finished, add in fabric softener as usual