i found a recipe from ask anna, someone i stumbled upon in my research, and felt pretty confident in her recipe.
things you'll need:
- 1 (4lb 4oz) box of Borax
- 1 (3lb 7oz) box of Arm and Hammer super washing soda
- 2 (5.5oz) bars of fels-naptha laundry soap
- 5lbs of Arm and Hammer baking soda
- Essential oil (I used lavender)
- a big bucket for mixing all of this together (mine was 2 gallons)
before mixing all of these items together, you want to make the fels-naptha soap look like little tiny balls of cheese. to do this, simply put the bars into your food processor and leave it on for a while. they don't like to get much smaller than the size of a bb. other recipes i found suggest cheese grating the soap, but that takes too much time and effort.
|Zeus really didn't know what to think about all the smells.|
[warning: at this point, your nose is going to be so full of so many different pungent smells, that you might need to take a breather outside]
but that's it! you're finally done. now you get to funnel your powdered detergent into air-tight containers for storage (because you're inevitably going to have detergent coming out of your ears for awhile).
|fortunately i have an endless supply of jars from our wedding.|
|and even put some in tea tins to give to my friends!|