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Powdered Laundry Detergent

Ingredients:
1 Fels-Naptha bar, grated and/or processed
1. c. super washing soda (NOT baking soda, must be sodium carbonate)
1/2 c. Borax
Optional: 1 to 1.5 caps full Purex Crystals Laundry Enhancer, any scent.(I picked purple!) :]
First, I grated the Fels-Naptha bar, (in above photo) and then placed the shavings into my small food processor for finer chopping. It might have been fine to just break the soap into chunks and then process it, but I was worried that larger chunks would damage my processor.

After processing.

Mix together all of the ingredients and you’re done! 
Use 1 tbsp. for small loads, and 2 tbsp. for larger or heavily soiled loads.

As an addition to the above ingredients, I wanted to share something that my husband and I spotted while on our date to the grocery store (Yes, I take what I can get in the way of dates! lol! Any time alone with my man is a good time, no matter where we are.). Anyway, I saw this:

Now, I’ve been making my own liquid laundry detergent for a while. However, I was never able to add a scent to it because I don’t have a place nearby to get essential oils. Our clothes looked clean, but didn’t have that “fresh” scent. So, I thought I’d add this Purex Crystals Laundry Enhancer into this powdered detergent recipe to see how it worked. I put it into my most recent batch. I used a cap full, plus another half of a cap full, and it works GREAT! The laundry smells so fresh and clean. I will probably only add one cap full to the recipe next time. I think I like this dry recipe better than the liquid because it’s easier to make and store. I hope this is a help to someone. I’m grateful to the Duggar family for sharing their money saving tips! 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Powdered Laundry Detergent

  1. Wow, that does look a lot easier than making the liquid detergent. I admire your money management. Good work!
    Love,
    Mother

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  2. Thanks for the tip. I've been using the powdered detergent for years but recently noticed some of my husband's work shirts still smelled a little funky coming out of the dryer. I'm gonna try adding the Purex crystals to the next batch of soap I make.

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  3. I'm glad you mentioned the Purex Crystals!

    I made the liquid homemade laundry detergent a few months ago. I enjoyed using it, but Robert didn't like the lack-of-nice-scent at all. He also feels like it didn't clean his work clothes very well. (As a machinist, he works with a lot of oil for the machines.) He experimented with different laundry detergent pods (and settled on the Tide pods). Anyway, I have close to a full 5-gallon bucket of stuff to use up (or throw out, which I don't want to do). I'm going to see about adding the crystals to it to see if it would improve the smell.

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  4. Happy Sunday!

    Thanks for sharing the powder recipe. I've done the liquid and wasn't too pleased.

    It's been fun to relax and catch up with your blog. I've been traveling and haven't had much computer access.

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  5. I love making my own homemade laundry detergent! Someone recently recommended Purex Crystals to me, but when I read the ingredients, I discovered that it is almost completely sugar with a little bentonite clay and fragrance. So there's something else for you to experiment with! 🙂

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  6. I tried the Purex Crystals with my homemade liquid laundry detergent and I really like it! I added 1 capful to a half-full 32 ounce container. When it settles, it separates into purple and gray which looks kinda gross, but it works and smells good. I just shake well before using.

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