1 – 55 oz. bottle of Purex Crystals (for scent) (opt.)
2 bars of Zote soap grated (I used pink. Doesn’t matter which color though. Fel Naptha may also be used.)
1 – 3 lb. container of OxyClean
1 – 4 lb. 12 oz. box of Borax
1 – 3 lb. 7 oz. box of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (how to make homemade washing soda: http://naturesnurtureblog.com/2012/05/08/ttt-turn-baking-soda-into-washing-soda/)
(all the above items are usually located in the laundry/detergent isle of your local discount store)
4 – 1 lb. boxes of baking soda (any brand works. If you can find a 4 lb. box, use that.)
(Baking soda is usually located in the baking isle of your local store/grocer.)
1 – 3 to 5 gallon tub with air tight lid for storage (available in the paint departments of local discount stores or home improvement stores)
1. Grate the 2 bars of soap. I purchased a grater to solely be used for making soap so as not to have to use my food grater. A food processor with a grating blade may be used. I grated with the largest holes and the soap dissolves just fine.
2. Layer ingredients in the storage tub and mix well. Layering helps to evenly mix all the ingredients.
3. Place several cups of mixed detergent into the OxyClean container for daily use and easy storage. Leave the rest of the well mixed laundry soap in multi-gallon storage container with lid tightly secured. (Optional step)
4. Use 2 – 4 Tablespoons per load of laundry.
- Safe to mix with bleach, liquid fabric softener and/or dryer sheets without issue
- May be used in top load, or energy efficient washers
- Have used this on the following types of fabric without issue: Cotton, polyester, satin, rayon, fleece, denim and poly-blend fabrics (I haven’t found a fabric I can’t use it on yet. Follow the directions on the clothing label of each piece of clothing.)
- My daughter and I break out in hive when I use some laundry detergents; for us, it’s Wisk. I haven’t had any reactions from this detergent.
(The internet is full of laundry recipes for both liquid and powder detergent. This is my favorite. The quantity above should last for 9 months to a year for the average family.)