A while ago I wrote a recipe for powdered laundry detergent. I like the recipe but grating the bars of soap into small enough flakes to dissolve in the wash takes a lot of time, I’ve ran it through our hand crank meat grinder. That worked good but by the time it was cleaned and put away I wasn’t ahead any time. I could wash all my laundry in hot water so the larger flakes would melt but I don’t find that economical.
I’ve made the switch to liquid laundry detergent. It takes a little time to make as well but most of the time doesn’t need my supervision. It works great too! (Maybe even better than the powder)
Liquid Laundry Detergent
2 oz plain Farmhouse Soap(Ivory, or Fels Naptha will work too)
1/2 c Washing Soda
1/2 c Borax
Roughly chop the bar soap.
Place the soap and 6 cups of water in a sauce pan and heat slowly to melt the soap.
Remove from the heat and add the soda and borax and stir until it’s dissolved.
Pour 1/2 a gallon (2quarts) of hot water into a pail (at least 2 gallon capacity).
Pour the soap mixture into the pail and stir.
Add 1 gallon and 2 cups of water to the pail and stir.
I then pour this mixture into 2 qt jars or into a container from store bought detergent and let it set for 24 hours. This will thicken to an egg white consistency gel. If you prefer it thicker cut back on the water.
Use 1/2 c for top load washers and 1/4 cup for high efficiency washers.
UPDATE: This works great for cloth diapers too!