Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Super Laundry Bombs

There are occasions when you have some seriously Filthy clothing that needs to be washed. These little beauties are "Da Bomb", Laundry Bombs - that is! This recipe takes out bondo, grease and goodness knows what else! While I normally use our a simple mixture of Fels Naptha, Washing Soda, and Borax there are occasions that a Laundry Bomb is necessary, 48 loads of laundry for $0.88  

Here's how to make them:

You'll Need:
1/2 Fels Naptha Bar
1/2 c. Washing Soda (NOT baking soda)
1/2 c. Borax
2 c. water

Measure the Washing soda and Borax into a small bowl, mix well to combine and break up any chunks that may be in the soaps.

Very finely grate the 1/2 bar of fels naptha. (I used my food processor  In a medium size saucepan bring water to a boil, dump in the finely grated fels naptha and stir continuously until the fels is Completely melted. This should take about 8 minutes. If you're using an electric stove, it will take considerably longer. If your fels naptha is NOT finely grated, it will take considerably longer. Do not add additional water, you want the finished product to be very concentrated.

Once the soap is completely (100%) dissolved with NO chunks at all, add in the washing soda/borax mix, stirring constantly. It will be a very thick, creamy consistency. Remove from heat and pour into a medium size bowl, let it cool for at least 20 minutes.

Using a Hand mixer, Whip it until it has doubled in volume. Do not add any additional liquid, it is not necessary and will dilute the strength of your finished detergent.

Once the mixture has been whipped, form it into 48 balls. This can be done several different ways, a melon baller works perfectly to make even balls. Alternatively, we found this delightful mini-ice cube tray at the dollar store (Each slot holds 2 tsps) 

Fill each slot, place the tray in the freezer for 15 minutes, then pop out the Laundry Bombs. Again, if you don't have a mini ice cube tray you can use a melon baller. Each ball is about 2 teaspoons TOTAL.

Store them in a covered container or plastic bag. We prefer a covered container to prevent them from being broken/crushed.

I labeled mine so that there would be not mistake by anyone to eat them ;)

To Use:

Use 1 bomb per load. Simply toss it into the machine with your dirty clothes. This is fine for HE machines, front loaders, top loaders, old machines. The ingredients are all considered to be "Septic Safe". 

I get all of my supplies at Hy-Vee our local grocery store.

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