|I write my recipe on the top of my canister - so that|
it's super-easy to refill, and I don't have to get a book out
each time I run out.
|I write instructions on the front of my canister, so that|
I don't forget how much to use.
This is the recipe I use. I don't always use it - sometimes I find a great sale on the regular stuff - but this recipe is there in my repertoire for when I want it.
It's very simple!
|This is the Castile Soap I use. It has a very nice scent, or is available unscented|
& is inexpensive. Any Vegan Castile Bar will work.
|I cut the bar in fourths with a big knife (keeping my fingers above the |
blade so it won't slip & cut me)
|I grate the soap in a small rotary grater with the biggest-holed attachment.|
This saves my knuckles from the box grater, and also is a LOT easier.
Homemade Vegan Laundry Powder
Combine in a large container:
1 Bar Grated Vegan Castile Soap (I use Kirk's - it's locally made, Vegan, and inexpensive! And they've recently introduced an unscented bar if you prefer that.)
1/2 Cup Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax
I use two tablespoons per load. This much is even effective for smelly summer clothes. It should be dissolved in warm water, but then if you wish to fill the washer the rest of the way with cold water after dissolving, you can.
It really helps to have a scoop of the proper size in the container, so that you're not tempted to use too much. (Notice that the commercial powders often tell you to use a small amount, but provide a HUGE scoop with a little fill line near the bottom of the scoop. This is to encourage you to over-use & waste their product, so they make more money) Too much detergent can actually make your clothes dirtier - because excess detergent re-deposits on the clothes, and its stickiness attracts dirt.
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