In trying to make the homemade wash powder. any recommendations for grating up the fels naptha? it destroyed a food processor and a food grater. What am I doing wrong?
I've been making my own laundry powder for years and recently quit using any bar soap at all. But ....
To start with i only used Ivory, fels naptha is pretty harsh. Then i switched to my own cold press lye soap. I've always used a manual cheese grater for the bar soap but then add the grated soap to the rest of the powder and let it set for a day or two, the powder draws out the moisture and makes it easier to process in the blender. I thin used the blender to turn the whole thing into a fine powder to dissolve in cold water.
For the last 3 months or so I have been using it without any bar soap at all. We moved and I was low on bar soap so i made up a batch without and used it to see. The laundry came out every bit as clean as it did when using the bar soap. I won't be going back.
My particualr recipe is equal amounts Borax, Washing Soda & Baking Soda. people freak out on the baking soda but it acts like a water softener and we have pretty hard well water. I use regular or lavender infused vinegar in the rinse.