See how tiny the soap gets chopped up!!! I store the powder in a Tide box and I use a measuring spoon to measure 1 tablespoon for each load.
- Powdered detergent: I grew up using liquid Era. That’s what I was using for my first year of homemaking. However, I “stocked up” on some powdered Tide using my coupons and I was just as satisfied with the results. The powdered detergent seemed a little easy to make and store.
- Fels-Naptha soap: I read a lot of recipes suggesting to use Ivory soap. I also read a lot of reviews that said the Ivory soap left the clothes dingy but smelling good. Ivory is a body soap. Fels-Naptha is a stain-remover. I’d rather have the stain remover in my detergent.
- Chopping the soap: Another hesitation I read about was how to break the soap down so that it dissolves in the wash. A lot of commenters seemed to think that if they used a grater or food processor to chop up soap, they couldn’t use it for food anymore because everything would taste like soap. Do we worry that washing our plates with soap will make our food taste like soap? I don’t. I’ve used a cheese grater and a food processor to chop up the soap and both have worked just fine afterwards.
- Grater or Food Processor: I have used both and found that the food processor is just so much easier to use and takes far less time. Grating worked, but it took forever.
- HE Washer: I used this detergent in my old apartment sized washer. I would start the load on “warm” for a few seconds to dissolve the soap. When I got my new HE washer, I was worried about using this detergent. I read that it’s fine to use in an HE washer because it really doesn’t make any suds at all. I was worried, however, about the soap dissolving. Then, I learned that my new washer has this nifty feature where I can tell it to wash in cold water, but it will heat the water up at first if it’s too cold to dissolve a powdered detergent. Very nifty.
- Are the clothes clean? Yes!! And, we discovered that my husband actually loves the clean-smell that the Fels-Naptha soap gives to the detergent. It doesn’t smell like flowers or a beach, but it does smell clean!!
- Baby Clothes: There are no dyes or fragrances in any of these ingredients so the detergent works great for baby clothes!