Homemade laundry detergent with big stain-fighting power.
Yield: 72 loads
Airtight jar with lid
Working in batches, if needed, pulse the ingredients in a food processor or blender until combined. There will still be flecks of the Fels-Naptha visible.
Place in an airtight jar.
To use - for regular loads use 1 tablespoon. For dirtier or larger loads, use 2 tablespoons.
For top loading - fill washer partially with water and add the detergent so it has a chance to dissolve. Add clothes and let washer fill up with water. For front loading - place 1 tablespoon in detergent compartment
To make into a liquid detergent - dissolve 1 tablespoon of powder in 1 cup hot water. Source: adapted from several sources including DIY Natural and Mother Earth News. For a big batch of liquid detergent mix the powder with 2 gallons plus 1 quart hot water in a 5 gallon bucket. Use 1 cup per load. The liquid will solidify and be more scoopable than pourable.