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Hmmmm....seems every recipe that I have seen uses washing soda - not baking soda and the washing soda can be hard to find. I think the castile soap would be easier on the clothes than the Fels Naptha that most recipes call for. I might have to try making my own detergent!

Miss VanDroo

This is intriguing...I might have to try it, too...

Lavender Dreams

Very interesting! I love your banner...just perfect for the season!


Sounds like a great recipe...I feel motivated to try it out...just a question on the bar of Dr. Bronners....how did you make it a powder....? Thanks!


AH! I just wrote that and then looked back at the post...! You grated it...PErfect!


Do you know if you can use this in front-load washers? My understanding is that you have to use "high efficiency" labeled laundry soap. Maybe you just use less per load?


Been making the liquid/gel version for over a year and love it. We use Ivory, as the Fels Naptha doesn't pair well with our sensitive skin. So easy, so cheap, and so much nicer on my clothes.

vicki haninger

I think washing soda is a more concentrated version of ordinary baking soda. The recipe I had called for baking soda and I've found it works really well.

vicki haninger

BTW: you can use a hand grater or a food processor with the grating attachment. Feed the bar of soap in slowly for a more powdered consistency.

vicki haninger

I have a front loader and an aerobic septic system, so have to watch what types of chemicals I use. We also have well-water that is heavy in minerals and deposits so the borax takes care of that. This homemade deteregent is perfect for our circumstances, it works better than anything else I've tried.

vicki haninger

I'll probably try the liquid version at some point. I keep running across various recipes for it--thanks for the tip!


I am absolutely going to try this recipe for homemade laundry detergent. Something I've been wanting to try for awhile now!

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