In looking for a dry / powdered laundry detergent recipe, I came across this one by HowDoesShe.com that uses the following ingredients:
1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax- Found in the detergent aisle
1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda- Found in the detergent aisle
1 (3 lb) Container of OxyClean- Found in the detergent aisle. (This is optional but I highly recommend adding it)
2 (14.1 oz) Bars of Zote Soap- Found in the detergent aisle (we chose to do pink for the scent but the white would be just fine. You can also use Fels Naptha)
2 (2 lb) Boxes of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda- Found in the cooking aisle (You could also get 1 4 lb box, we just couldn’t find it when we went)
1-2 (55 oz) Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener- Found in the detergent aisle
I thought this sounded like a GREAT list of ingredients! Until I realized they used the ENTIRE amounts listed! What?? I think that would be enough laundry detergent to last a lifetime!
I like the fact that she uses the Purex Crystals Fabric Softener for scenting it, but we just simply do not need that much.
After looking around a little bit more, I came across this recipe from diyNatural.com that uses only 3 ingredients. I may add the Purex Crystals just so there is scent-action, but otherwise, it looks like it makes a decent amount without being too much to store/use.
I think this is the recipe we will be trying, so hopefully after a couple weeks I can try it out and see how it works. Not only that, but I think it will be quite a bit cheaper to make our own than it will be to keep buying commercial detergents.
Like I said in a previous post, my sister is the one who introduced me to the idea and she swears by using the liquid laundry detergent – even in her HE washing machine – so I’m definitely interested in seeing how the powdered version works.