If you have read this blog for any length of time, you know that I make my own laundry detergent, and have for quite some time. I make this concentrated whipped recipe and store it in canning jars because I don’t really have the room to store a 5 gallon bucket.
Well, last time I made a batch I had some issues with the blender, so I only got one jar blended. I sat the other one on the dryer, intending to blend it later. As time went on I didn’t really think about it again until I noticed we were getting low on the blended jar. I resolved to blend the second jar soon, but … kinda forgot about it.
A couple of days later I noticed my husband doing laundry, and I was like, “Um, what are you using for laundry soap?” Turns out he was using the unblended jar, which is basically the equivalent of throwing chunks of soap in the wash. Not very effective.
Powdered detergent was never appealing to me because I felt like it wouldn’t clean as well, or wouldn’t dissolve, but after the un-blended debacle, it couldn’t be worse, right? Powdered detergent appeals to me because I can make a large batch quickly, and it can be used immediately.
The hardest part about this recipe is grating the soap, but you have to do that for any homemade laundry detergent recipe. I used the fine side of a cheese grater because I wanted it very fine and easily dissolvable. I have read of people pulsing it in the blender after grating to get it even finer, but I wasn’t quite that ambitious.
I used the typical ratio of 1 bar of Fel Naptha (or whatever soap you prefer) grated, 1 C washing soda, 1 C baking soda. Funnel it into a canning jar, give it a shake, and use it! I add 1 T to each load.
So what is different from this post and the 2635462728 others out there? I use a little “secret” ingredient to dramatically increase this detergents cleaning power – with every load of laundry I also throw in a capful of Thieves Cleaner concentrate!
I almost hate to “waste” my Thieves Cleaner like that because I am obsessed with it, but I can’t believe how clean and fresh our clothes come out when we add it to the wash.