|You’ve probably read this post about making homemade powder laundry detergent and this one about making your own liquid version but I’ve got a few more things to add. I’ve been making my own now for several months and I’ve come to a few conclusions. 1. I love it!!!! 2. I’ve changed it a bit. So, today let’s chat a little about laundry detergent and see if you would like to make some changes too. I’ve only been using the powder version because I like that it takes up so little space. I don’t really have much space to spare here……Annie takes up most of it and what’s left is Dottie’s. Sometimes I think Barry and I should just move out on the porch.|
This is Octagon soap. Duh. I found this at Food City, but I’ve heard from several others that you can find it in many stores. However, this isn’t found in the laundry section like Fels Naptha. This particular type is found with the regular bar soaps in the Health and Beauty Care section of the store. I paid $.69 for this bar, where I would normally pay $1.25 for a bar of Fels Naptha. I got a bar just to try and see it how it went. When I opened it up, I was sorta surprised. It was greenish. I guess I expected it to be white, but I don’t know why. Funny how packaging does that to ya. Don’t judge a soap by its cover. It smells pretty good. I went about making the dry powder detergent like normal, subbing this for the Fels Naptha. I didn’t use my microplane grater this time, because I’ve been leary of it ever since I shaved off the side of my thumb. Yes, shaved it off. I still love my microplane, but we’re just admiring each other from a distance right now.
For this batch, I didn’t put the soda and Borax in the food processor. I just mixed it all up. You can see the little granules of soap in there. I did add the soap to the food processor to grind it up a bit and get rid of the flakes. I had one reader concerned about putting Borax in her food processor. It’s at this point I’ll stop and tell you to make sure and wash ALL the utensils and bowls that you use for this project in hot, soapy water. You need to get rid of all traces of borax and washing soda. The FDA says that Borax is safe and only harmful if ingested in large amounts. So, what have we learned? Don’t eat it for dinner. I know tons of stuff that’s harmful if ingested in LARGE amounts…..bleach, dirt, water, chocolate cake. Just make sure you clean all your stuff. Thanks. I’m pretty sure most of you wouldn’t immediately use it to make your breadcrumbs but I just had to throw that in there. You need to make sure you put soap in the water at the bottom of the machine before you add the clothing. It needs to dissolve. So, I turn my washer on, add the soap and then put my clothes in. For the Octagon you’re going to only use 2 tablespoons per load just like with the Fels Naptha.
I also wanted to try Ivory soap. I can get it pretty cheap when they put it on sale at Kroger and I have a coupon that doubles…and I like how it smells. It’s very good for those of you with sensitive skin. Fels Naptha is also good for those with sensitive skin. It’s no surprise that this soap is also found in the Health and Beauty Care section with all the other bar soaps.
Ivory is a very soft soap. I grated it using my safe grater and then I threw it into the food processor to grind it up. It smelled really good when I opened the lid!
Because Ivory is so soft, you will find that when you really mix it up with the Borax and Washing Soda that it will combine very well. It looks just like powder that you’d buy at the store.
Verdict? I really, REALLY like the Ivory soap version. I think it’s going to be my “go-to” soap from here on out. It works well at cleaning and gives the clothes a nice smell. The Octagon works very well too. It doesn’t leave a scent like the Ivory though. If you have extremely sensitive skin or a newborn, you might want to go with the Ivory. I will still stick with Fels Naptha for treating stains though. It works great! I love how it makes strawberry stains come right out! Now, I just have to figure out which of these soaps include Miracle Gro because my laundry pile seems to grow rapidly these days.
Laundry Detergent Notes
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