In the mid sixties, our large family (5 kids and 2 adults) still used a wringer washer. I use to help my mom with the laundry, I thought the wringer part was fun, and I got to "wring" out the the clothes. The washer was rolled over to the laundry sink and filled with hot water. Clothes were washed in sequence, first the whites, then the towels, and then the blue jeans and dark clothes. Yes, all from the same soapy water.
Clothes and linens used on a regular basis, will get a bit dingy and that will happen with any laundry product used, homemade or purchased. The difference between commercial laundry powders and this homemade version is that the extra cleaning chemical used to prevent any build up, are in every load of laundry and going down every drain, each time you wash a load of clothes.
To prevent that dingy look, every six months (or so) I will give the whites an extra little tumble with additional oxyclean, but otherwise this is a complete laundry powder. Just like when I was a kid, our clothes are clean, not dingy and if I had a clothes line to hang them on to dry, I would be proud of how clean the laundry looked, just like my mom was.
Let's get started, but only if you want to save some money and still get clean clothes. Thanks to Rocquie @ Sage Trifle, she pointed out that I did not let everyone know how easy it is to find these ingredients. All of these items are easily obtained from our local market, in this area we shop Winco. I am sure you have a similar store where you live.
UPDATE: I have now adapted this recipe for a big batch, which for some folks might be easier, I know it is for us. You can find it here.
Happy Clothes Laundry Powder
Largely adapted from: Love made the radish grow
and countless other internet searches!
1 bar Fels Naptha soap
2 c borax
2 c washing soda
1/2 c baking soda
1 c oxyclean or oxygen laundry additive
Note: I usually make a double batch to save time, the ingredients in the following photos are for a double batch.
Cut soap in half, grate using grater attachment. Empty into a large mixing bowl, change to the chopping blade.
Pulse mixture until the volume is reduce by half, to chop up the grated soap.
Return soap to the mixing bowl, add remaining ingredients. Combine until completely mixed. Package into a sealed container, we use empty coffee cans. Because these are natural products they will clump while stored in their original boxes. Simply press through a sieve to remove any clumps.
Use a coffee measuring spoon, 1 slightly rounded scoop for a small load, 2 scoops for a large load. If you are washing really dirty clothes, add up to 1/2 extra scoop.
When my original processor bowl became scratched worn, I turned it into the soap processing bowl. I have the recipe taped right on the side. This way I do not have to be concerned about soap flavor getting into the new processor bowl, I use to cook with. This soap bowl just goes back on the storage shelf in the garage, ready to use again.
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Key words: homemade laundry powder, clothes, clean