As I strive to eliminate unnecessary chemicals from our household, I began to explore options for making our own laundry detergent. Many of the "recipes" I found were for liquid detergents which required melting soaps and mixing and shaking and more work than I wanted to put into it.
Then I found the recipe for Jabs Homemade Laundry Detergent. He has a great tutorial on how to make this powdered laundry detergent with three ingredients: 1 bar of soap, 1/2 cup Borax, 1/2 cup Washing Soda. Here area few of my notes on the process:
Grating the Bar of Soap I have used the Fels-Naptha soap and found that it is very difficult to get it to break down into a small grain. I tired letting the bar dry out as a commenter suggested and that didn't work for me. So I've resorted to grating the bar of soap, adding the Borax and Washing Soda and then running it through the food processor. This works great
Does it Really Work? Yes. I have used it on the cloth diapers and they come out clean as ever. (*Note, this soap may build up on all-in-one type diapers and non-cotton diapers reducing their absorbency) I still add oxy-whitener to the diapers and whites as I always have and have noticed no difference between this and the expensive green detergent I was using before. The real joy of it -it really only takes 1 1/2 tablespoons per load. Concentrated detergent, less space used in my laundry room.
Less money, less waste, clean clothes. What's not to like?