Laundry Detergent for your HE washing machine

By , September 9, 2010 7:50 pm

If you’ve been reading this blog from the beginning, you know I’m a little crazy about laundry detergent. When I found this recipe a year ago, I discovered I could save us big bucks while forming an addiction to the crisp scent of Fels-Naptha bars.  So faithful peeps, bear with me.  I’ve found an easier process for the recipe and wanted to post about it.

The Recipe

3 Cups Fels-Naptha Bar granules (1 cup equals about 2/3 of a bar)

3 Cups Borax

3 Cups Washing Soda

In other words, equal parts of crushed Fels-Naptha bars, borax, and washing soda equals pure heaven in your HE washer.  Before I start the tutorial, I’ll add that the entire process of making over eight months worth of my homemade HE laundry detergent took a little less than an hour (double that if you have a 4 and 3/4 year old “helper”).

Here are my tools:

I’ve played around with cutting up the bars with a knife in the beginning, but I didn’t want to burn out my good food processor.  Once I started pre-grating the bars with a rotating tool, I cut my time in half…

… and now never worry about overheating my $9 food processor. (TIP: Throw your bars in the freezer for a few minutes prior to grating and they are even easier to grate up.)

After the processing of the bars is complete, the only steps left are mixing in the other ingredients.  I mix equal parts of the borax and washing soda in this 4-cup measuring glass…

… and then add it to the Fels-Naptha bars.  The easiest way to mix together the three equal parts of the ingredients is to shake the closed container until the detergent looks like this:

One hour of work equals this much detergent:

Easy-schmeasy!  With only 2 tablespoons needed for each load of laundry, you can’t beat it!

Be sure to check out this post if you’re curious about the ingredients or other specifics. Mmmm… I can smell the Fels-Naptha now!

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