Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Make Your Own Powder Laundry Detergent - Tutorial

This morning I made another batch of our homemade laundry detergent and thought I would share. It's such an easy process, saves money, makes less waste and works very well! For really dirty, stained clothes you will need to supplement this recipe with a stain stick or bleach but for everyday normal grime, this recipe is perfect. There are many different variations on this recipe out there, but I believe I found this one in The Herb Quarterly a while back.

Basic Recipe:

1 basic bar of soap (castile, Ivory, etc.)
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
Essential Oils (optional)

To Use:

Add 1 tbsp - 1/4 cup per washer load depending on size
(We generally use 1-2 tbsp, even for our large loads)

Step 1 - Gather your ingredients. Borax and Washing Soda are both inexpensive items you can purchase at your local grocery store. I am a budding soapmaker and so I use one of our unscented bars in this laundry detergent. You will also need a jar to hold your finished project - a quart jar works well.

Step 2 - Grate your bar of soap.

Step 3 - Add your Borax and Washing Soda and mix well with your hands until it is a crumbly, gritty consistency.

At this point, you can add in your essential oils if desired. Add 10-15 drops (or whatever you like) and use a mortar and pestle or something along those lines to grind the oils into the powder. Citrus works well on grease; tea-tree is antimicrobial; lavender smells wonderful; etc.

Step 4
- Pour your detergent into a jar and call it a day! You've made your own laundry detergent!


  1. I'm going to make this tomorrow! I wonder if I have a grater, hmmm. . .

  2. I used fels naptha and am very excited! Not ever going back to laundry detergent!

    1. Way to go Melissa! It's so empowering to take certain things off the to buy list! :)


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