Friday, May 11, 2012

How to Make Your Own Powder Laundry Detergent ( w/ recipe )

I delved into more homemade laundry detergents recipes, and narrowed it down to powders. The liquid recipes make over 2 gallons, and I really didn't wanna fool with cooking the bars of soap. The liquid recipes are a longer process of letting the liquid cool, stirring the ingredients into it, and finally adding two gallons of water. I'd rather use my cookware for dinner. This is the recipe ( HE compatible too ) that I decided to make:

1 Cup Borax ( 11 Cups per box )
1 Cup Super Washing Soda ( 7 Cups per box )
1 Cup Fels-Naptha ( 2 Cups grated  per bar )

This seemed rather straight forward and easy to prepare. The Borax Box has 11 cups. The Super Washing Soda box has 7 cups. The 2 bars of Fels-Naptha once grated made 4 I grated 2 bars of Ivory bar soap (  acceptable substitution from the research  ) which made 3 cups. Some this was gonna be a super batch of 21 cups.

Cost Analysis:

2 Fels-Naptha @.97 each = $1.94
1 Box Borax.....................= $3.38 (with 4 cups left over) final recipe cost is $2.15
1 Bx Super Washing Soda= $3.24
2 Bars Ivory @ . 33 each = $0.66
Total                                    $7.99

This makes a total of 21 cups and the measurement for each load is 2 TB (Tablespoon). 
There are 16 TB in a there are 336 TB in this batch.
336 Tb / 2 TB equals 118 loads this batch.
$7.99 / 118 loads equals  $.0677 per load.

Time to prepare took less than 15 minutes.

Most of the major brands run around 20 cents per load to wash your clothes. This is close to a 66% savings. I'll post updates with before and after shots! This ought to be fun with the kids.


  1. Tried it and have done four loads of laundry so far. Seems to work just as well as our usual liquid detergent (Sams Club brand liquid)!

  2. Thanks for this recipe! Looks great. What do you store it in, if I may ask?
    Can't wait until we are finally settled and I get to try it.

    What do you use, if anything, for fabric softener? For a couple months now I've been using distilled white vinegar. Wish I had tried it sooner.

    Found you from... well, actually, I'm not sure, haha; but I think I'd like to follow along if you don't mind.
    Have a great day!

    1. Thanks LindaG, I keep it in an old whipped margarine container right now, but will move it to a new paint can that I'll purchase at Home Depot/Lowes. I use an old liquid laundry detergent cap as a measure ( 2 TB ) or about half. ModernDayredneck is where you found me. Keep Right On - K