In an effort to detoxify the house and to save some money, I started making my own laundry soap about 5 years ago, and it actually works! I love this soap because it’s simple, lasts a long time, you can buy the supplies in bulk to save even more money. Plus, you know exactly what is in your laundry soap.
DIY Powdered Laundry Soap
*The stainless, long handled tablespoon I use (as seen in the picture) can be found here.
Grate the soap with a cheese grater. This may take some time as these bars are really hard. You may also be able to use a food processor for this. I have a dedicated food processor that I only use for soap (it was an old one we were going to throw out). Works great, but you need to go slowly. 5 second intervals seem to work best. Too much and you can burn out the motor.
Mix all of the ingredients, except the essential oil, together in a large bowl, brown paper sack or even a garbage bag with a big spoon or spatula.
Add the essential oils slowly at the end, mixing as you drop it in. Put in an airtight container.
How to use:
Use about 1 tbsp. per load or 2-3 tbsp. for heavily soiled items. I have a very large, super capacity washer so most of the time I use 2 tbls. and this seems to work well.
Update: I have been asked a lot recently if I use this in cold water and how does it work. Yes I do use this in cold water loads (this is in fact the only laundry soap I use for anything) and I have been carefully keeping an eye on the cold water loads specifically to answer this. Please keep in mind that everyone's water is different and that can effect how any laundry soap works.
I have seen no evidence of this powder not dissolving. I have even opened up the washer mid-way through the cycle and all looks well. I would even go so far to say that it is out preforming the laundry soap I used to use. My darks aren't fading as fast and everything feels cleaner as if this soap is rinsing out better.
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