Do-It-Yourself Powder Laundry Detergent
What you need:
Your finished product will be a 1:1:1 ratio. One cup of Borax, 1 cup of washing soda, and 1 bar of shaved soap. I used 3 cups+3 cups+3 bars.To “shave” your soap use a cheese grater orget out your chef’s knife and cutting board and cut it up as small as you can.
That’s it: combine the three together, mix well to coat the soap pieces. Use one tablespoon per load.
Is this, or other homemade detergent okay to use with high efficiency washers? I had the same question. After some research, I found out that companies are getting away with charging us more for “special HE detergent” with only one difference: the soap doesn’t sud as much as traditional soaps. Now, this is important because your HE washer uses less water than traditional machines, thus high suds would result in soap not being rinsed out of clothes. To answer your question, YES, this formula is safe for HE machines as it does not sud hardly at all.