Making my own Laundry Detergent!

We have all heard of Pinterest. It’s a household name! I love searching for new ideas and finding inspiration there. It can turn into a time consuming thing though, because it’s just so fun!

Anyway, I recently came across a recipe to make your own laundry detergent. I had to give this a try! I mean, I had almost everything to make it….already in my house!

The recipe was here.

So I got all of my ingredients together and went to work. I first tried a method to easily crumble the soap. I used ZOTE soap. I microwaved it. It took quite awhile to do, and when I crumbled it, the pieces still didn’t seem to be small enough. The other bar I shredded with my cheese grater. Maybe it was just me, but I didn’t like the pieces as big as they were in the mixture. So, I got my food processor out and ran the whole mixture through it. Perfect!

Pink Zote Laundry Soap

Zote Laundry Soap

The ZOTE bar–microwaved!

Zote Soap microwaved!

It was easy to do, but it can get a little “dusty” so be careful not to breathe it in. In the end, it made quite a bit!

Batch of Homemade Washing Powder

I like the pink running through it.

I’ve washed a couple of loads with it so far, and it seems to do the trick. I will say though, that I haven’t washed anything really super dirty. I still like to use fabric softener to make my clothes soft and smell good. You could also use a scent booster like Downy Unstoppables or Purex Crystals [for scent only.]

Note: This soap does not really suds up, but suds do not equal clean. It still cleans. Give it a try and let me know what you think. This batch, I hear lasts from 9 months to a year…..depending on how much washing you do, and will cost you from $20-$25 for the ingredients depending on where you get the ingredients and if you use coupons. Some of the ingredients you might already have in your house. 😀

I’ll continue to use it and then decide for sure if it’s going to do the trick for our family. 😉

Author: Sandy

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