Posted by: Sylvia | May 3, 2013
Olf-Fashioned Laundry Soap Powder
I love this because not only does it clean, it leaves cottons very soft. You can add bleach or oxy-cleaners, or double up the amount for very soiled clothing. You may want to use a detergent every month or so, should you feel there is a bit of a soap residue building.
1 bar soap, finely grated
1-1/2 c. washing soda
1-1/2 c. Borax
Mix the two powders well, then rub the soap in and break up the gratings until they are very fine (or just run through your food processor), and mix the soap into the rest of the powder. Use 1 tablespoon for each small load. If washing darks, you might want to dissolve it into a cup of hot water before adding to the cold water in your machine.
Tip: Keep a squeeze bottle of cheap shampoo or liquid soap in the laundry, with a tube of cheap white toothpaste. Use the shampoo on ring-around-the-collar, and the toothpaste on stains and oily spots.