Make Your Own Powdered Laundry Detergent

Laundry detergent can be quite expensive. But the truth of the matter is that the main ingredients that actually clean your laundry are pretty basic and not too expensive before the scents and other additives get thrown in. It is quite a bit cheaper to make your own laundry detergent. There are many recipes for homemade laundry detergent, and some you can make the liquid detergent if you like, but below is my recipe for powdered laundry soap. The key is to remember that this is not going to create suds. but it WILL clean your laundry! It only uses about 2 tablespoons to clean a load.

Making your own laundry detergent is not for everyone, but it definitely saves money–sometimes just costing pennies a load!

First Some Tips:

For the bar soaps required in the recipes, you could try Fels-Naptha, Ivory soap, Sunlight bar soap, Kirk’s Hardwater Castile, and Zote. Don’t use heavily perfumed soaps.
Fels-Naptha soap bars, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda(This is NOT baking soda) and Borax can normally be found in the laundry and cleaning aisles.

Powdered laundry soap:

2 Fels Naptha Soap bars grated (enough to equal 2 cups) with a cheese grater or food processor (finely grated – you could also try the other bar soaps listed at the top)
1 cup Washing Soda( NOT baking soda)
1 cup Borax

Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container.
Use 2 tablespoons per full load.

Classic Skillet Chili

 It's our final day of #SoupWeek! Let's make it classic and easy! Making your own chili does not have to be intimidating! There are a ton of fantastic recipes out there, Quite often I get a call from one of my college age kids asking me for my chili recipe, and often it is while they are at the grocery store, and want to know what to buy.

Although mine is not full of fancy ingredients, it is quick and easy to make, with a no fail recipe that is sure to please.  I use a 1/4 pound of hot sausage in mine, to give it just a bit of kick without being too spicy, but if you need it mild only, use regular sausage instead.

Jan's Tip: Any chili recipe will taste better if you make it earlier in the day and just let it slow simmer to allow the flavors to really meld together, so if you can make it an hour or two before you need it.

Printable Copy of Recipe I sent my kids in College
Homemade Chili


1 lb. ground beef (or turkey )
1/4 lb. hot sausage
1 small onion diced
1 (15 oz) can chili seasoned beans
1 (15 oz) can Chli Seasoned tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce


In Skillet or large soup pot over medium heat cook onions, ground beef , and sausage till cooked through.
Drain grease.
Stir in beans, tomatoes, and tomato sauce.
Turn burner to simmer, and let slow cook till ready to serve, stirring occasionally.

Jan's Tip: When I am serving chili dogs for just the family, I plop the hot dogs directly into the chili as it simmers, and then let the family dig one out when its time to assemble their chili dog. They can also scoop up as much or little chili as they like, but the hot dogs are warmed just right, and already have that yummy chili taste to them.

Welcome to the #SoupWeek, hosted by Palatable Pastime. This week is all about delicious and warming soups. Be sure to check out some of the recipes below or you can follow along on FaceBook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram using the hashtag #SoupWeek. We also have a #SoupWeek Pinterest Board where you can see all of the offerings in one easy to access spot! What a great way to stay warm in cold weather!






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