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For the past couple of years I have been making my own homemade laundry detergent. It is much more cost effective and I actually enjoy making my own. Through trial and error I have found a couple things that make a difference. First, I make powdered detergent not liquid. The liquid is way more time and labor intensive to make. While I did get many more loads out of the liquid version, for the amount of effort it took, I have prefer the powder. Second, I use a food processor to make the whole job much easier and faster. While I am sure this is probably a big no-no, I can't begin to tell you how much faster the job is and my arm doesn't nearly fall off grating the soap. So, if you would like to try your hand at creating your own laundry detergent here is what I do. **There are many recipes on line for detergent so if you can't find these ingredients you may have better luck with another recipe.**
What you will need:
1 cup Borax
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1 grated bar of Zote soap (I used to use Fels-Naptha Soap and it is still the only soap I can find locally. My sister lives in Colorado Springs and has been able to find Zote. She recommended it and I now prefer it to the Fels-Naptha.)
Container for your detergent
First, take your bar of soap and cut it into smaller blocks. Add a few pieces to your food processor and pulse until the pieces are the size of fine pebbles.
Continue adding your soap chunks until the whole bar is grated finely. Then, to further save time, I dump in my Borax and Washing Soda, give it a few pulses and viola- the detergent is mixed up and ready to use.
The whole process takes under 10 minutes and is worth the effort. I use 1 to 2 tablespoons of detergent per load. My family all has sensitive skin and my husband breaks out to almost all laundry detergents, his skin is fine with this recipe and it gets the clothes clean. The only downside is there is no scent. I like the smell of clean laundry so I think I am going to experiment with essential oils to see what I can come up with. If you have tried essential oils I would love to hear feedback or any other tips you have for making the detergent even better. I have also been tempted to try my own dishwasher detergent...anyone recommend it? Shannon