Homemade Laundry Soap

I love this laundry powder/soap.  I decided to try it last year as I saw it on Pinterest.  It works great in my HE front loading washer.  It doesn’t get foamy or produce a large amount of suds.  But my clothing comes out fresh smelling but not too scented.  My son has sensitive skin (eczema) and we find this does not bother his skin.

I mostly use this powder on sheets, towels, dish towels, gym, and yoga clothing.  It helps to remove the smells that can get trapped in fabrics.  I have used it on the most unpleasant smelling hockey clothing/gear and it removed the smell.  (I had to use extra scoops and pause and let soak mid wash)  Add a scoop or two directly to the washer and turn on.  For tough stains or odours you may need to wash more than one time.  Please wash hockey gear at your own risk ( I hang to dry).. You may end up with a very unhappy hockey player.

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Ingredients Needed:

  • 4 –  500g boxes of Baking soda
  • 1 –  3 kg box of Arm & Hammer Washing soda
  • 1 – 2 kg Box of Borax
  • 2 – packages Sunlight washing soap bars (4 – 130 g bars)

Materials needed:

  • chopping board
  • knife
  • food processor
  • large bowl
  • storage container

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1.  Chop all four bars of the sunlight washing soap into chunks.  Place in food processor.  Add a box of baking soda.

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2.  Start by pulsing the soap and Baking soda mixture.  Once the mixture is ground down to small pieces start adding another box of soda.

3.  Allow the mixture to grind down until you get it to resemble almond meal.   Pour into a large bowl and add in the remaining ingredients.

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4.  Mix all ingredients until well combined

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5.  The mixture should look as the above picture.

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6.  Store in a large covered container.  I add the laundry powder directly to the washer, it will get clumpy in the soap dispensing tray.  Add the laundry and start the washer.  I had a 70gr scoop that came with protien powder that I saved because I have a problem throwing things like that away 😉

7.  This batch makes about 126 – 60g loads of laundry or 101 – 70g loads.  I use 70 grams of detergent per load of normal soiled laundry.  Extra heavy soiling I use 2 scoops.

8.  For those of you who are interested in per load cost value, it worked out to be about 17 cents per 70gr load of laundry.

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TIPS:

* Putting your washer on pause or hold after the laundry powder has been dissolved and the fabrics are saturated with water helps remove the tough stains.

* Add two capfuls of white vinegar and re-launder clothing to remove the musty smell that can happen to clothing left in the washer too long.

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