I’ve been making my own homemade liquid laundry soap since March – and really like it.
So when my friend Kimmer sent me a recipe for a powdered laundry soap a few weeks ago – I was curious.
I noticed right away that this recipe included many more ingredients than my first one.
Which got me thinking – so what was really necessary to get our clothes clean?
I did some research on line (at Pinterest of course! ) and found that a basic laundry soap includes just three things – Borax, Washing Soda, and a bar soap (the most common being Fels Naptha or Zote, but some even use a regular bar of Ivory soap or even a store brand).
The most basic recipe for powdered laundry soap is simple:
1 (4lb. 12 oz.) box of Borax
1 (3 lb. 7 oz.) box of Washing Soda
28 ounces of soap grated finely (this is 2 Fels Naptha bars)
Mix them together.
That’s it. Super simple. Use 1 tablespoon for a small load, 2 tablespoons for a large one.
Now – if you want to get fancy – you can also add:
1 (3 lb) Container of OxyClean- This will help with stain removal and will keep your whites whiter (I added it in this batch – and got a handy dandy scoop as an added bonus!)
1 (55 oz) Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener This will help your clothes feel softer and smell wonderful. (I did add it to this batch – my girls love the smell. It’s a nice touch if I have it on hand.)
The verdict – it was super easy to make – once the soap is grated you just have to stir everything together and you’re ready to use it. Our clothes smell clean, look clean, and there are no soap marks or detergent residue that I can see.
(Although I should admit that I have only used it in warm water loads – people claim the soap dissolves even in cold water – but I’m still a little skeptical.)
I still have my homemade liquid laundry soap on hand – same three basic ingredients, it’s just a little more involved to make it and I’m sure I could always add the Oxy-Clean and Purex Crystals to each batch if I want to.
So the big question is – liquid or powder?
Bottom line – I like them both.
It’s simply a matter of personal preference.
They both cleaned my laundry and saved me money.
And that’s what works for me!