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I’ve invited my good friend, Melissa, to be a guest author here at The Patchy Lawn.  This is her first post (I hope many more will follow), which I am sure you will enjoy just as much as I did!

Laundry Detergent Making?

Cobb mamas will think of any excuse to get together on a weekday morning to sip mimosas,  partake in bubbly kefir water, and chat in the beautiful spring time mountain air.  Jessica, wearing a “made that morning” cute and colorful skirt, brought over a tasty berry dutch baby pancake.  My lovely co- host/organizer extraordinaire Helena, blessed us with chocolate covered strawberries.  Oh distractions… its a wonder we got any soap making done.  After some snacks and visiting we headed to the back deck to get down to business.  Some of our little ones kept disappearing into the forest, others took a dip in the fish pond, and then there was that whole climbing on the sketch playhouse thing. Despite that, we eventually got to grating soap bars and dumping large quantities of powder into a garbage bag.


“Powder,” you say?! I know, I prefer liquid detergent too (shakes head remorsefully). While there are liquid detergent recipes out there, they involve cooking.  When I first started looking into making my own soap I had an epiphany.  I decided that I cook enough gosh darn it, and a mama has got to draw the line somewhere!  I can vouch that this powder detergent dissolves beautifully in a cold water wash; so we can relax because its all going to be okay and we will embrace the soapy goodness.


Because this was the first time we’ve made such a large batch, extra precautions had to be made.  We called in Amy, our veteran laundry detergent maker and party attendee.  She brilliantly suggested we

  • Mix all the box ingredients (in correct mathematical ratio) and the grated soap bars in a big garbage bag.
  • Divide into individual portions
  • Then add a few drops of essential oils to each bag

Voila we were done! One of the best parts of this detergent is, it calls for only 2 tablespoons of detergent per load of laundry.


In the end we made some awesome essential oil infused laundry detergent to take home.  This detergent calls for all natural and easy to find ingredients. It’s great for sensitive skin, works incredibly well cleaning clothes,  and if you make a big enough batch you can “X” this costly staple right off your monthly Costco list.  Although it sounds mysterious making one’s own powder laundry soap, is unbelievably easy and fun. Especially if you make it at a party with all your Mom friends.


Yes I am leaving out the part where my garage sale cuisinart-knock off started making extremely loud unhappy sounds.  I guess grating 25 bars of soap was just too much for it to handle.  In an ideal world we would have liked to blend it into an even more fine powder, but the end result was still fantastic. Miraculously my cuisinart did come back from the soapy dead, yay me!  Other than this minor hiccup the detergent party was “loads” of fun and after a test wash I am glad to say it works great!

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Here are the recipes for the detergent on a small scale, but why not have some fun and turn it into a laundry detergent making party?!

Laundry Detergent Recipe
Recipe type: Powder Laundry Detergent
  • Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
  • Arm and Hammer Baking Soda
  • 20 Mule Team Borax
  • Bar Soap
  1. Grate the soap or mix in food processor until finely ground. Use any soap the more natural the better.
  2. In a large bowl, mix 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts Borax, 1 part baking soda, and 1 part grated soap.
  3. Add 5 drops of essential oil.
  4. Mix together and if using a food processor you can blend together for a more fine texture.
  5. Use 1-2 tablespoons per load of laundry

Melissa Najd
Melissa Najd
Melissa is a mama of three fun, crazy, sweet kids. She loves making cute bento-style lunches, enjoys fermenting vegetables, and is an avid internet researcher. She is thoroughly enjoying her new life on Cobb Mountain!
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