Back in 2007 I began making our laundry soap using a recipe from the Simple Dollar. This liquid version has worked great for us for years, but since we have moved I no longer have a practical place to store the 5 gallon bucket. So, I began to experiment with homemade laundry soap powder. I have always used Fels Naptha in the liquid detergent, but I found that since it is such a hard soap, when I used it in the powder recipe, it didn't seem to dissolve all the way in the wash.
A couple of months ago while I was at Walmart buying more Borax and Washing Soda, I came across a soap called "Zote." I had heard of it before and decided to give it a whirl! It looks like this:
There are oodles of laundry detergent recipes out there, but after much experimenting, this is what I have found works best for us. Also, the powder version is really easy for my kids to manage when they are doing their own laundry.
Homemade Laundry Soap Powder:
1 bar Zote Soap
1 cup Borax
2 cups Washing Soda
1. Mix borax and washing soda together.
2. Grate Zote bar with a cheese grater. Mix with borax and washing soda.
3. Process all ingredients in a food processor until mixture resembles a fine powder.
4. Store in an air tight container.
5. Use 1-2 tbsp. per load, depending on load size.
After washing, remove a piece of laundry from the washer, stick your nose in it, inhale deeply and enjoy the nice, fresh, clean smell of your clothes. Aaaaaaahhhhhh. =)
*Update!* Just wanted to address the great questions that I've received so far about this soap:1) This will make approximately 80 tbsp. of powder. I use 1 tbsp. for a medium size load, and 2 for an extra large load. Or, if the extra large load isn't super dirty, I'll just use 1 tbsp.
2) The jar was a $0.25 yard sale find...wish I could help you out with where to find one!
3) I've been doing some comparing, and I believe this soap is very similar to Charlie's Soap Powder, just obviously at a fraction of the cost. I had been using it to wash the cloth diapers but now am using my homemade detergent and it is working awesome!
Have you ever tried making your laundry soap? If so, what's your favorite, liquid or powder?