Powdered Laundry Detergent

This recipe came from Julie Long, Enterprise, Alabama, who provided it for The Grace Place Cookbook. It was recommended to me to use powdered detergent in a front-load washer instead of the liquid types due to the animal fat (usually added to them for extra suds power) that can eventually cause front-loaders to have a funky odor. I love this simple detergent because it’s just basic and very clean-smelling, AND it’s straightened my front-load washer right out – no more funky-ness!  I usually buy 3-4 bars of soap and make a quadruple batch since the borax and washing soda come in pretty large boxes.

1 cup Borax
1 cup washing soda (NOT baking soda)
1 bar of Fels-Naptha soap

All of the above ingredients can typically be found in the laundry section of your local Wal-Mart store.  Grate the bar of soap as finely as possible.  (I shred my bars in the food processor using the grater, then pulverize the shreds a bit with the regular blade. This makes short, speedy work of making the quadruple batch.)

In a large mixing bowl, combine grated soap with borax and washing soda; mix well.  Pour detergent into an air-tight container and add a 1 Tbs. coffee scoop or measuring spoon.  Most loads of laundry will require 1 Tbs. of detergent, but heavily-soiled laundry loads may requite 2 Tbs.  Detergent seems to work best when added into the tub right along with the clothes, even when using a front-loading machine.  

** Please note:  Julie’s recipe says not to use chlorine bleach with this detergent – I’m taking her word for it! 

Now You’re Cookin’,
Chef Alli

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