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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?

Thank you.

Shellie

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Uh oh...I was planning to do this soon, and thought that my regular old box grater would work. I wasn't going to use fels naptha, but a bar of lavender goat soap from Wicked Garden. Was the soap too hard to grate? I guess another option would be a wood planer, but that seems a bit extreme...
Cornelia: That's what my friend and I have kind of concluded that the Fels Naphtha was just too hard. We are going to use the Ivory soap next trial. I have also spoken with a lady who uses the Fels Naphtha in her liquid soap, but she has to break it down in hot water. Maybe that's the key. So conclusion being the softer soap is the choice for the grated dry soap powder.

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.

Juli - thank you for the tips. Do you run into any discoloring issues like with whites?

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