- Zote Laundry Soap (This was the hardest ingredient for me to find. Many people say that they can find it in the laundry aisle in Wal-mart but I was not so fortunate. Another place you might try is the Mexican food aisle at any grocery store. Another place, and where I found mine, you can try an international store. If you've exhausted all of these options you can always buy it online. The white soap is regular and the pink is for delicates. Also, you can substitute this soap for Kirk Castille soap or Fels Naptha soap).
- 20 Mule Team Borax (Found in the laundry aisle at Wal-mart, Target, etc).
- Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (Also, found in the laundry aisle. Make sure that you get Washing Soda and not Baking Soda. There is a difference. Baking soda is Sodium Bicarbonate and Washing Soda is Sodium Carbonate. If you are having trouble finding it in the local store's laundry aisle, you can check your local pool supply store as well since it is used as a pool cleaner as well).
- OxyClean (Should be in your laundry aisle. Also, there is a generic brand that is half the cost of the name brand, around $3.00 versus $6.00).
Here are some places to find the soaps online if you are having trouble finding them at some of your local stores. Research prices though, because it varies depending on where you get it. The soap can be as little as a dollar and up to five dollars. I was able to buy mine for $1.79 at the International Store here in town.
- 2 cups of finely grated laundry soap which equals to approximately 1 bar of Zote soap.
I grated mine using a food processor with a grater attachment.
- 1 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax
- 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
- 1/4 cup of OxyClean
After I grated the soap, I detached the grater and added the blade attachment.
I inserted the rest of the ingredients in with the soap.
I then covered the processor with a damp towel to keep from having powder get all over the place in the kitchen.
I then mixed the ingredients to a fine powder, using the pulse setting on the processor and then eventually using the low setting.
I then placed the detergent in storage bags. I will eventually place them in a kitty litter bucket for storing once I finish making the amount I am going to make. It took me approximately 15-20 minutes to make one batch
You can use 1 teaspoon for regular loads and 2 teaspoons for heavily soiled loads.
I have also made a video of me making the detergent. Enjoy, and please leave your comments below and share with your friends and remember to either follow me on this blog or subscribe to my YouTube channel if you are interested in more creative ideas and hobbies. Next week I will be explaining how to make Hot Pepper Jelly!