I have been waiting for an excuse to blow that stuff up in the microwave!
*Spoiler alert-- it works!
(Lots of blogs and pins describe variations of this process, but I will credit The Make Your Own Zone as the site I referenced before I stuck the soap in the microwave.)
"Microwave" Laundry Detergent
1 bar Ivory soap (It HAS to be Ivory. No other brand will work quite this way.)
1 cup Borax
1 cup Super Washing Soda
|Those boxes of Borax and Wasing Soda make quite a few batches of homemade detergent.|
|The soap is just starting to expand. Can you see my reflection through the food particles? Obviously I didn't clean the microwave before attempting this!|
|The soap, before and after.|
|I crumbled the soap directly into bucket I use for detergent.|
Then I mixed in the Borax and the Super Washing Soda.
|The yellow flecks are the leftover Fels Naptha particles from my previous batch that was still in the bucket.|
This detergent has the added benefit of not needing to dirty up the food processor to make it. It also might motivate you to clean your microwave, so it won't keep smelling like soap. Heat up a cup of water or white vinegar in the microwave afterwards; it makes it easier to wipe out all the food splotches and whatever soap particles that bubbled onto the surface.
Fun stuff! The fact that I was able to not only make this but also blog about it before the baby woke up shows you just how quick and easy it is. Now, back to laundry!