Powdered Laundry Detergent

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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

Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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