October 2, 2013

Powdered Laundry Soap

laundry detergents are full of additives and chemicals, as well as it is very expensive. 
This version of soap costs very little.
I have not done the per unit cost but I can let you know that the
soap I use costs $1.20 (I use half for one batch), the borax is about $5.00 for a 2kg box, the washing soda is also about $5.00 for 3kg box and the baking soda is about $3.00 for 2 kg.
So a quick calculation of the recipe below it comes to around $2.00 ...YES two dollars! (I'm not sure how many times you can use this but you will only be using 2-3 Tbsp per load...so yeah this is very economical! 

Powder Laundry Soap

2 cup  soap granules (grated from an all natural soap)
1 cup  borax
1 cup  washing soda
1 cup baking soda

Grate your soap so that you have small granules or shavings, place in a bowl along with the borax, washing soda and baking soda.  Mix well and you are ready to use your all natural laundry soap!  Use about 2 Tbsp per load, or 3 Tbsp for a very big load.
I have a front load HE machine and there is absolutely no problem with the soap creating too much foam, there really is no ingredient in there that will make great amounts of foam anyway.  

*Make sure you get WASHING SODA, it is usually in a blue box - it is not the same as baking soda.

**You can increase the amount of washing soda if your water is hard. 

You may have to play around with the amounts until you get a formula that you are happy with.  

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