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Dry Washer Detergent


I’m still learning about this laundry soap. My washer is downstairs in the basement. It’s cool down there. The liquid laundry soap I made gets thicker as it cools. By the time it arrived at the basement temperature it was cool enough to not be cool any more. I couldn’t get it to pour out of the jug. I didn’t want to reheat the whole mess so I cut a hole in the top of the jug and will dip it out instead. Next time I would have to add more water…but Hey!..forget next time…next time I will just make a dry laundry soap.


Open jug with thick soap ‘gel’. See my little cow laughing to see such sport. :)

After making a batch of dry soap I had another change of heart. Seeing how hard (hot and boiling) it was to get the little soap gratings/flakes to dissolve (and I’m wondering if I wash in cold water if I will have junks of zest stuck to the clothers), I think I will go to using 1 cup each of Borax and Washing Soda…Stir…the END.

…or possibly even some dishwashing machine dry powder I have hanging around (because I had one of those noisy machines in the past but got disgusted with it because I had to wash the dishes first and afterwards, etc. – I hear they are getting better)…or I could use the Oxi-Clean now.

I think I’m supposed to use a tablespoon per washer load…hmmm…

I don’t have an HE front-load washers. They require “special soap” for one reason alone – low suds. Because they use less water, they require soap that is less sudsy. The good news is, this homemade detergent is VERY low suds (if you don’t add the liquid dishsoap I mentioned). The ”special” HE detergent is just another advertising mechanism to push consumers to buy “special soap” for unnecessarily high prices.


This still has some left over granules from my last attempts at making the liquid, but I wouldn’t bother next time.

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2 Responses to “Dry Washer Detergent”

  1. Naomi says:

    I have a laundry soap recipe, but I’ve never used it.
    2 cups soap flakes
    1 cup borax
    1 cup washing soda

    I don’t remember ever running across soap flakes in a store.

    How does your latest dry recipe work? Do you like the results?


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