Does It Work: Homemade Powder Laundry Soap

I made a batch of powder laundry soap a little bit ago and have used it for about 10 loads of laundry: colors in cold water, whites in hot water. We use an old formula scoop, which equates to 1.5 tablespoons per load. The load is extra large. The soap dissolves easily, within seconds, in both hot and cold water. There has been no staining that I can tell, no lingering funky odors, and the dirt appears to be lifting from the clothes. There is a very slight Fels-Naptha scent to the wet clothes, but that disappears after a turn in the dryer.

Does it work?

Here are the results of the Norton test:

I took two old t-shirts and gunked them up.

The Gain t-shirt:

Everything but the ketchup and mustard came out.

The powder laundry soap:

Everything but the ketchup and mustard came out. (The arrow says “This is paint. Not dirt.”)

Side by side results:

The homemade soap cleaned just as well, if not a little better than Gain. The mustard on the Gain t-shirt is more vivid than the other mustard stain. In person, the ketchup is also slightly more vivid.

My verdict:

This money saving idea is a winner in my book. Since the ketchup and mustard did not come out in the Gain t-shirt, I say that my soap worked as expected. The soap takes 20 minutes max to make and costs pennies per load. We are happy with the results.

Now, does anyone know how to get rid of ketchup and mustard stains??

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2 Responses to Does It Work: Homemade Powder Laundry Soap

  1. Jessica Assaf says:

    Only suggestion I have is Oxyclean or bleach.

    • Salee says:

      I’m going to try the bleach first. I’m glad I used my husband’s old t-shirts for my test and not his good ones! :-)

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