DIY Natural Washing Powder (that really works)

laundry powder cropThe dog days of summer are upon us which means you’ll find me keeping busy with indoor projects until the heat wave is over. One of my favorite chill-out pastimes is making laundry powder. There are many reasons why making laundry soap is so fun.  It’s cheap, simple and practical, three of my favorite things. And it is an all natural, simply packaged alternative to brand-named detergents.

 

Here’s the recipe:

2 cups of grated all natural soap; I put bar soap in the food processor.

1 cup borax (usually available at Ace Hardware).

1 cup washing soda (usually available at Ace Hardware).

A few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional and available at Wild Duck Soup Emporium).

You just mix everything in a bowl and pour into a storage container. 1 tablespoon does an entire load! As you can see in the picture the soap looks kind of like grated cheese. I stir it before each use to get an even amount of soap shavings and powders. Also, cold water is fine for some items but if you’re like me and spend a lot of time outside getting really dirty you may want to opt for hot or warm water washings.

Hope you enjoy this recipe!

–Vanessa

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