Grate the soap. I usually do this by cutting it into chunks and feeding it directly into my food processor, letting the blade cut it up (I suppose you could also use the grater attachment thingy as well). Once the soap is finely grated, add the rest of the ingredients and mix. Make sure you let the powder settle before you take the lid from the food processor—otherwise you’ll be inhaling this stuff. It may be safe for washing, but you don’t want it in your lungs. Add essential oil to your own scent preference. Use one tablespoon per small load, two per large load. Cost per load? Anywhere from 5-10 cents.
Oh, and you’ll probably want to add a desiccant to your bucket-full of detergent. Try a few tablespoons of powdered clay in a small pouch or sock. Storing this in your detergent container will keep the powder from clumping as it absorbs moisture. Need to find a bucket with a lid for this project? I get mine from the café or bulk section of my local co-op—they usually get things like tahini and almond butter in bulk, leaving them with lots of handy bucket-and-lid combos.
Bonus: Air dry when you can, but if you are using a dryer, infuse a dry washcloth with 30 drops of your favorite essential oil and toss this into the dryer with the clothes—definitely a better option than dryer sheets.
Citrus Floor Cleaner:
I searched long and hard for a good, wood-friendly, floor cleaner. My yoga studio has bamboo floors and with all those feet coming in and out all day, it definitely needs constant attention. Speaking of feet—let’s think about them for a moment. Your feet have a high concentration of pores and pores absorb everything. Think about what you put your bare feet on and now think about what chemicals may have recently touched that surface. Yeah. No thanks.
For a chemical-free floor cleaner, try the following: