Laundry Powder, Gel & Liquid
1 pound soap shreds (Intrinsic Alchemist soap for laundry is the best, IMHO, but SHREDDED* Fels, or any other ZERO superfat, hard soap will work)
1 pound Washing Soda (not baking soda)
1 pound borax (Optional – I don’t personally use borax in my powder anymore – still add it to some loads, but not every one)
I have a good sized food processor and I process my ingredients together in the food processor until the mixture is pretty much a powder.
Use 1/2 to 2 tablespoons per load, depending on size and dirt.
* I put a shredding disc in my food processor and shred soap before it’s gotten super hard. If you’re buying a bar of something like Fels, this will still work, it’s just going to be very noisy and will not be gentle on your shredding disc, so beware.
(I don’t use gel personally, but have gotten this recipe from friends and acquaintances who do use the gel and love it.)
Add 1 cup of powder made in recipe above to 1 gallon of hot water. Mix well before each use. Use 1/4 cup per load.
I DO use the liquid and this is how I do it.
I keep 2 or 3 gallon containers in rotation most of the time. I really like the gallon jugs that vinegar comes in – they’re sturdy and last a long time.
Pour 1/4 cup laundry powder into the gallon jug. Add two cups of hot water (doesn’t need to be boiling, just hot) and swish things around in the jug. Fill to the top with warm/hot water. When you’re ready to use, tilt the jug a couple of times to mix and use 1/2 – 1 cup per load.
(OPTIONAL: Add 1-2 tablespoons Dawn dish liquid and/or 1/4 to 1/2 cup ammonia — I haven’t tried either of these yet, but when I do, I will post my thoughts/results here – these are additions that others have used and raved about)
1/4 cup of powder is = to 4 tablespoons, so in theory, 1 gallon should only do 4 loads of laundry. While there have been loads I used 2+ cups of liquid in, they’ve been few and far between.
Once a jug is empty, I make a new batch and put it in the back of the line. This gives the powder plenty of time to dissolve before use.