So, this is a powdered version of the homemade laundry detergent, and I am really happy with it!
Here's what you need:
• 1 cup Borax
• 1 cup Super Washing Soda
• 1 Fels Naptha Bar
• 1/4 cup Oxi Clean (optional)
• A container to put it in (I used an old spaghetti sauce jar.)
• A cheese grater
• A blender (optional)
• Cute Laundry tag (Downloadable below.)
You can find all of these ingredients at Walmart in the laundry aisle.
(Sometimes, it will look more like curly-cues. That's okay too! You will just need to blend it a little more so that it ends up coming out like a powder! See note below!)
(Very important, especially with a Vita-Mix, make sure that you blend them for a very short period of time!!! The Vita-Mix will melt the Fels Naptha if you do it for too long!)
UPDATE: When the Fels Naptha is curly-cue-ish then you will need to blend on a higher setting. Just make sure that you don't do it for too long so that it doesn't melt the soap! I blended mine for 5-10 seconds on a high setting. Then, stopped and shook the container to make sure that none was stuck at the bottom. Then, blended for a few more seconds so that the Fels Naptha was more like a powder instead of little chunks. I also blended again at the end, just to make sure that it was mixed really well! I did about 1/2 of the mix at a time, so that it would mix really well in a short amount of time.
If you do not have a blender, you may use a hand mixer or just stir the ingredients together!
3. Pour this mixture into a separate bowl. Then, repeat step 2 with the rest of the Fels Naptha and Borax.
4. Then, I put the whole cup of Super Washing Soda, 1/4 cup of Oxi Clean, and the Fels Naptha/Borax mixture in the Vita Mix, and blended for about 10 to 15 seconds on a very low setting.
(The Oxi Clean is optional. Your clothes will get clean without it, but I feel like it helps my clothes to stay bright. Without it, I feel like our whites are a little more dingy looking.)
5. I poured all of it out into a bowl, and stirred with a spoon just to make sure that it was all blended together well.
Your mixture should be a fine powder like this:
Use 1 Tbsp. per regular load or 2 Tbsp. for heavily soiled loads.
(Note: This will not produce suds, so it can also be used in HE washers. The lack of bubbles does not mean that your clothes aren't getting clean!)
You may also add a pretty tag like I did if you wish! You can punch a hole and tie it with a ribbon (probably best if you printed it on card stock) or put it on with packing tape like I did! :)
You may download the laundry tags here: (I included the .pdf and the Pages doc for any of you that might want to change your tag up a little bit!)
Also, let me know what else you want to read about. What other things would you like me to test out for you?