Thursday, July 24, 2014

Powdered Laundry Soap

I've been making my own liquid laundry soap for several years now & I'm a big fan!
I decided today though, as I was grating up the Fels Naptha bar, to give the powdered version a try.

I have many friends who prefer it over the liquid.
I'll have to say, the liquid is simple to make, but the powdered soap ... even easier!
Had it completed, start to finish, in a couple of minutes ... the longest part was grating the soap.
{I usually do it in my mini-food chopper but I wanted the arm exercise ;) ha! }

It's one bar of Fels Naptha {grated}, 1 cup of Borax, 
1 cup of Arm & Hammer super washing soda, & 1 cup of color-safe powder bleach.
There are a hundred million recipes for this in blogland & many of them say to add
Downy Unstoppables or Purex crystals, completely optional.
I didn't have any, so I left them out.

The instructions say to use 1-2 tablespoons per load ... I'll go for the 2.

Course, storing the soap in a cute jar will make the laundry a little more fun.
{I decided to keep, fancy up, & reuse this jar after the hot peppers were all gone.}

So, we'll give it a try & see how it works!
Any of you make your own powdered laundry soap?

      4 Easy Steps!
  1. Grate one bar of Fels Naptha 
  2.  Mix in 1 cup of Borax
  3. 1 cup of Arm & Hammer super washing soda
  4. 1 cup of color-safe powder bleach. 
     Store in a container with a lid so it stays dry.

I super loved this dry laundry soap! 
It works just as well as the liquid & is quicker & easier!


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  1. I am so thankful you wrote about this, because I've been wanting to try it so badly but intimidated I may mess it up but you described it so simply! Thank you- and the jar!? SO CUTE!!!

    1. I used it for several loads on Monday & everything thing came out clean as a whistle! I'll definitely make this recipe again. SO simple. Go for it, Ashley =)

  2. I use this recipe, but without the bleach. I like the way the clothes smell afterwards.

    Pro-tip: blenders are not useful for further shredding the grated Fels-Naptha.

    1. They do smell nice ... very soft scent.
      I've never used a blender for the bar of soap.
      I either grate it on my hand grater ... or use my mini food processor.
      As for further shredding, I can't imagine why anyone would feel the need ... it's powdery after it's grated. At least mine was.
      Thanks for stopping in =)

  3. I'm going to try this and I love the jar also. Thank you so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Link Party
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  4. Good! I think you'll like it! And thank you.
    I enjoy linking up.