Homemade Laundry Detergent/Great for Sensitive Skin

I started using this because my son had eczema and we were going through the All Free and Clear detergent very quickly, but he was still breaking out. Our MOPS had a demonstration of this recipe and gave out some samples. It not only did his skin clear up, but I make about a year's worth of laundry detergent for $15.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Materials Needed:

  • 2 bar Felz Naptha Laundry Soap Grated
  • 2 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda 
  • 2 cup Dry Powdered Borax.
  • 2 cups of Oxi-Clean Free and Clear Powdered (Optional)

1.Grate 2 bars Felz Naptha Laundry Soap. I bought a cheap cheese grater  and plastic shoe box rom dollar store and use exclusively for grating the soap and storing my soap making tools.

2. Add in other powdered ingredients.  I also bought a cheap measuring cup from dollar store that I use exclusively  for soap making because Borax is toxic to ingest.
  • 2 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda 
  • 2 cup Dry Powdered Borax.
  • 2 cups of Oxi-Clean Free and Clear Powdered (Optional) 

3. Put in an air-tight container  or it will harden with big clumps.

4: Mix together well.  The air tight container will prove even more useful because you can put the lid on and just shake.  If you are making a double batch you may have to stir just a bit.

5. Use 1 1/2 to 2 Tbsp for an extra Large Load in a Non High Efficiency Washer (see below if you have High efficiency washer).  Experiment with a load of towels to see if you can get away with just using 1 1/2 TBSP in your washer.

*If you grate the fels naptha soap pieces too big they won't dissolve, so do not rush this step. A friend tried this recipe and she said she used her food processor but the pieces were too big and did not dissolve.

*I have heard some people complain it doesn't melt in cold water, but since I ONLY use cold water to wash clothes the temp of the water is not the problem. If the soap flakes are not dissolving, you are not using enough water and/or stuffing your washer to full.   High Efficiency washers do not use as much water as older washers. If you have a high efficiency washer you will need to use less detergent and maybe even look for a similar wet version of this detergent. 

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