Powdered homemade laundry soap - I can't believe I didn't try this before! I think the main thing holding me back was that the recipes I had come across for the powdered version required the use of a food processor (which I don't have and don't have any plans to purchase). Then I came upon this recipe at DIY Natural. It seemed too easy to not try, so why not?
I used the same basic ingredients as for my liquid version, minus the water:
1 bar Sunlight soap
1 cup Arm & Hammer washing soda
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
I grated the bar of Sunlight soap in a large bowl using a cheese grater. Then I added the washing soda and the borax.
Then I stirred and stirred and stirred some more...
...until I ended up with a powder. It took about 10 minutes of vigorous mixing to end up with a fine powder. You use 1 or 2 tablespoons per load. This made enough to last me about two weeks.
I was skeptical about how well this would work and if it would leave a powdery residue on the laundry. So far, after nearly 3 weeks of use, I haven't had any problems at all. If a load is quite dirty (play clothes, etc.) I have been adding a scoop of Oxi-Clean to the water first.
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