A few months ago, I posted about my homemade laundry detergent. Well, my friend, Hollis, posted a comment about a dry version.
A month or two ago., I made that version... and I'm never looking back.
When I researched recipes for detergent, I saw dry versions everywhere. I opted to make liquid because that's what I'd been using for a long time. But why? Do you do this? Do you question why you do things? Or how they're done?
Personally, I started using liquid laundry detergent because when we bought our house in April 2007, the washer and dryer left behind were horrible. They didn't dissolve the powdered detergent. I was sufficiently grossed out by finding clumps of detergent among my "clean" clothes so I bought liquid detergent and pretended that my clothes were getting clean.
When we remodeled our kitchen in 2008, we got a set of Front Loaders (on Black Friday with 0% financing for 12 months). I heart my washer and dryer... I really do. It's probably wrong to love appliances as much as I do, but I also love my on-demand hot water heater and my heated tile floors. Being the wife of a contractor has disadvantages (like an unpainted exterior), but there are some strong advantages too (bells and whistles in the virtually brand new interior of my 100 year old home).
Anyway, I kept using liquid detergent because that's what I had and I had to buy High Efficiency Detergent. I can't remember if I even looked into powdered HE detergent. But a while ago (I lose track of time), I needed more detergent and had no inclination to make the liquid stuff as it is a little labor intensive. I gave Hollis' friend's powdered version a shot.
Love. True love.
It's easier to make... less mess, less time. It works. My clothes are clean. It takes up less space than my 2 gallon container.
So goodbye, liquid laundry detergent. Hello ease. Hello clean.
Recipe: 1 bar Fels Naptha, 1 c Washing Soda, 1/2 c Borax
Directions: Shred Fels Naptha with the grater part of your food processor. Then, use the blade to turn the Fels from shreds to a fine-ish powder. Add one cup of Washing Soda and 1/2 cup of Borax. Mix it up. Use 1 tablespoon per load. The end.
(I use an old sour cream container and an old formula scoop.)