For a small batch soap maker, I still have a LOT of soap scraps. I try to save as much soap as possible for samples, but I usually end up with a pile of shavings and end pieces from each batch. I use these scraps to make my own homemade laundry detergent.
Before I started making soap, I used Dr. Bronner’s unscented bar soap (mainly to avoid any perfumes or harmful chemicals found in other brands). But now I just use my homemade soap scraps instead.
Here’s the recipe:
1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Washing Soda
1 Cup Grated Bar Soap
After I get everything mixed together, I usually put my mixture into a blender to get a nice smooth powder. But the blending part is not entirely necessary if your bar soap is finely grated.
In my HE washer, I use 3 tablespoons of the detergent for a regular load of clothes and 4 tablespoons (1/4 Cup) for a large, heavy load. This homemade detergent doesn’t create a lot of suds, so it’s perfect for HE washers.
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