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DIY: Eco Laundry Detergent

If you've jumped on the green bandwagon, maybe you've heard of eco laundry soap. In addition to reducing harm on the environment, DIY laundry soap is also a lot cheaper, about 24 cents per load, than your grocery store variety (i.e. Tide). While there are loads (no pun intended) of recipes out there, there are basically two types. One, the syrupy version, must be "cooked" and then stored in a big ole space-infringing bucket. The other, the powdery kind, just must be mixed and stored in a container the size of your choice. To learn how to make the powder version,



Here are the steps, from Modern Cottage:

  1. Grate the Fels Naptha soap with a cheese grater. It should come out to about 2 cups.
  2. "Mix it all together into a bumpy, granular mix. Don’t worry about stuff getting correctly dispersed, even if it doesn’t quite look like it does."
  3. Store it in a sealed container.
  4. Use 1 tablespoon for a light load, and 2 tablespoons for a large or dirty load.
  5. If you like, add essential oils to the mix to give your clothes a fruity, floral, or fresh scent.
  6. Stay clean!


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