Quicker Easier – DIY Laundry Detergent

Home Made Laundry Soap

I had the day scheduled off from work for a planned tripped which we canceled, but I kept the day to my self. In doing so, I had a short honey-do list from the significantly better half. One of those items was to Make the Soap.

We’ve used this recipe, or a slightly different version of it in the past, but haven’t had time to buy everything and put it together.  One of the steps that Natalie hated last time was shredding the soap manually with the cheese grater.

In Bobbi’s post she indicates that you can do it the manual way as Natalie had done in the past, use a food processor to grind it up, or microwave it and tear it to shreds.    I’m always a fan of fire, so naturally I used the microwave method.    After cutting the bar up into pieces I found a recently trashed cereal box as a plate, and placed it into the microwave.  I found about 3 minutes gets all the way through if you slice it into 4-5 pieces.   Now if you dice those pieces further, it only takes about 2 minutes.

Once I removed the soap fluff from the microwave I found it to be spongy and kind of hard to crumble as the article said, but i did find it quite easy to put into the blender.  Thats right, the blender in the upper cabinet that we rarely use, it will make that soap fluff into soap powder!!!!     Since all the other items of this concoction are all powder (and crystals for the smell good) it made since. Whenever I get done of laundry, I always use the best steam generator iron. It does great for me and I iron my clothes pretty well with it.

Helix Paint Mixer
Also in Bobbi’s post, she indicates that she layered the items into a big bucket and then mixed it up.    Being a man, I knew there must be a better way, I mean, who has all the time to go back and forth between all those boxes time and time again.  After a quick trip to the garage, I came back with my trusty 18v cordless drill, and a never used Workforce5-Gallon Helix Paint Mixer.

With the bucket on the floor and the drill in my hand, I made quick work of blending all the detergenty goodness into a final product that is well blended, smells good, and took me just a few, tireless minutes to concoct.

Final run down of suggestions for the origianl post:

  • Microwave Fels or Zote soap.
  • Blend resulting soap fluff
  • Use Paint Mixer to Mix it up.
  • Bask in the glory of your ingenuity for days to come.