I love this laundry powder/soap. I decided to try it last year as I saw a version of it on the David Suzuki website by the queen of green. I tweaked that recipe (which they no longer have a link to) a little bit and I use my own homemade soap but for demonstration purposes, I am using a store brand that works well. I buy my powders in bulk however these brands pictured work just as well. It works great in my HE front loading washer. It doesn’t get foamy or produce a large amount of suds. My clothing comes out fresh smelling but not too scented. My son has sensitive skin (eczema) and this does not irritate his skin.
- Since I started using this powder I haven’t had a problem with a moldy smelly washing machine. Also, I keep my washer door shut about 75% of the time.
This powder works very well on sheets, towels, dish towels, gym, and yoga clothing. I find 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 removes most 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 odors, 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. I personally have never had a problem with shrinkage or things falling apart from just using the front load washer.
- 2 kg boxes of Baking soda (or 4 – 500g)
- 3 kg box of Washing soda
- 2 kg Box of Borax
- 4 – bars of homemade soap approximately (14-16 oz) OR 2 packages store bought washing soap bars (4 – 130 g bars)
- optional *d-Limonene 5% scent load max…
- chopping board
- food processor
- large bowl
- storage container
1. Chop or shred all four bars of soap into small chunks. Place in a food processor. Add a 1/4 of the baking soda or one small box.
2. Start by pulsing the soap and Baking soda mixture. Once the mixture is ground down to small pieces start adding another 1/4 or small box of the soda.
3. Allow the mixture to grind down until you get it to resemble almond meal. If using d-limonene essential oil slowly add it now with the food processor running. Pour into a large bowl and add in the remaining ingredients.
4. Mix all ingredients until well combined
5. The mixture should look as the above picture.
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.
7. This batch makes about 126 – 60g loads of laundry or 101 – 70g loads. I use 70 grams of detergent per washer load of 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.
* 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 clothes left in the washer too long.