Easy Method To Make Ivory Soap Powder for Homemade Laundry Detergent and 3 Ingredient Detergent Recipe
Have you ever grated a bar of Ivory soap to make your own Laundry detergent? That wasn’t much fun, was it? There is a much easier way to turn a bar of Ivory soap into a powder form for use in homemade laundry detergent! My baby daughter, Tiffany shared her method with me recently when I traveled to Smyrna, Ga. (it is only a 2 hour drive) for a weekend visit with my daughter and son-in-law.
Check out this old Ivory Soap advertisement!
Place a single bar of Ivory Soap into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave up to about 3 minutes, stopping often to check for completion. Check by poking a fork into the fluff feeling for any solid piece. (Microwave cooking times may vary.) After you remove the fluff from the microwave, it shrinks quickly.
Allow to cool before handling. Rub the pieces between your hands over the bowl to create the fine powder. There may be lumps which is perfectly acceptable when making Ivory soap powder for your homemade laundry detergent.
Do you know the reason that Ivory soap floats?
Back in the 1800’s when Ivory soap was first created, people would actually bathe in the river. You can only imagine how annoying it might be to drop your bar of soap in the river! Ivory created a soap that floats for those fine folks which we still sold today!
Simple & Easy 3 Ingredient Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe
- Two parts Washing Soda
- Two parts Borax
- One part Ivory Soap
The actual quantities will depend on how much you want to make at one time. For example, 2 cups washing soda plus 2 cups Borax and one cup ivory soap powder will equal 5 cups of detergent. 5 cups of detergent will do about 20 loads of laundry when using 1/4 cup per load.
Use about 1/4 cup per load of laundry. You may use more or less depending on how dirty the laundry is.
Gather your ingredients
- Microwave your Ivory soap to expand it
- Shred the expanded Ivory soap
- Mix the ingredients
- Pour the homemade detergent mixture into your storage container
- Drop in a few silica packets to prevent moisture
Well maybe there is a 7th step, make yourself a cup of your favorite beverage, sit down, prop up your feet and enjoy a good book! You have time!
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