How to Make Low-Sudsing Laundry Detergent

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Making your own homemade laundry detergent is a wise way to save money on your household budget. Commercial laundry detergents can be expensive, particularly if you have a large family. Although they create lots of suds, the presence of the suds does not have anything to do with the detergent's cleaning ability. You can make large containers of a powdered detergent that works just as effectively in cleaning your laundry.

Things You'll Need

  • Food processor
  • Measuring cup
  • Sharp knife
  • Bar of soap, such as Ivory, Fels Naptha or Zote
  • Washing soda
  • Borax
  • Essential oil (optional)
  • Place 1/2 cup each of borax and the washing soda into your food processor.

  • Cut up the bar soap into four or five pieces and drop it into the food processor.

  • Grind the mixture until the soap bar is in tiny chunks, about the size of a pencil eraser or smaller.

  • Store the laundry detergent in a plastic container with a lid.

  • Use 1 tbsp. of the laundry detergent in a regular wash load. For heavily soiled clothing, use 2 tbsp.

Tips & Warnings

  • Adding the other powders to the food processor before adding the bar soap makes grinding the soap and incorporating it with the other powders easier.
  • You can use a metal grater to grate the soap finely if you do not have a food processor.
  • Washing soda and borax are located on the laundry aisle in discount or grocery stores.
  • You can add a couple of drops of your favorite scent of essential oil, such as orange, lemon or tea tree, if you desire.

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