Monday, October 21, 2013

A new home made laundry soap

A few months ago I posted about our homemade laundry soap.
You can see that post here:
Well, we finally ran out so it was time to make more. Momma wasn't a huge fan of the paste like consistency of our first soap, plus once we got towards the bottom of the jar we were have to stick our entire hand in the jar which made for quite the mess and wasted soap.
This time around I hunted down a recipe for a powder detergent to try instead. I found one that had the exact same ingredients:
1 bar Fels Naptha
1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Washing Soda
I will admit that the process on this one was a bit tedious.
You have to grate the Fels Naptha up extremely fine. Luckily my hand grater has the little tiny grate in it. It took me about 7 or so minutes to grate the entire bar.
 After you finish grating it, you add your other ingredients to it and mix it up. I would suggest a whisk for this process as it helps to mix all the ingredients together nicely.
 Once you have it all mixed up you just add it to a jar with a lid of your choice.  
 Once I had it in the jar I shook it up just a little bit. You use 1 tablespoon per load same as the other soap.
My oldest has sensitive skin so we were having to use Tide Free and Clear for his laundry. I decided to give the home made stuff a try just using a small amount on his clothes with an extra rinse. So far he hasn't had any breakouts and I have washed his clothes in it multiple times. We still have to buy the Tide for Baby K's clothes though. Soon enough I will try to convert his clothes to using the homemade stuff instead as well.
Have you given any homemade detergents a try? What did you think of them? Feel free to share in the comments!