In my previous post, I compiled a list of the ingredients most commonly used in recipes for do-it-yourself household cleaners. I also listed two of my favorite recipes for DIY spray cleaners, which I use almost daily. In this post, I’d like to share two more of my favorite recipes for powdered detergents that I really love.
I’ve tried multiple formulas for both laundry and dishwashing machines, but these are the best recipes I’ve used:
Grate the bar of Fels Naptha soap with a hand grater, and then place the grated soap into a food processor. Pulse until the soap resembles a coarse crumb, and then pour into a large bowl or container.
Add the borax, washing soda, and baking soda, and stir together until the mixture is evenly combined. Store the mixture in an airtight container.
Use 2 tablespoons per load. Recipe source: Sew Much Ado.
Sift together in a bowl, and then funnel into a jar. Use 1-2 tablespoons per load. For an added boost, fill your machine’s rinse indicator with white vinegar.
Once you’ve begun using DIY cleaners regularly, make sure to dispose of your old products responsibly. Don’t just throw them away! Instead, take them to your local hazardous waste collection. And remember, DIY cleaners make a great Spring Cleaning or House Warming gift for any of your friends and family who are interested in going green. Just make sure that you choose labels for your containers that are waterproof so they can continue to re-use them over and over.
For my jars of powdered detergents, I used periwinkle colored labels in the style French Market.
- Waterproof Labels • I chose the “French Market” style in Periwinkle.