How to Make Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent

Recently while cooking dinner, I realized I had run out of laundry soap – and didn’t have time – or ability – to run to the store. So J volunteered to make up some homemade powdered laundry detergent for me, if I would teach him how. (what a great kid!)

And then he agreed to do it all on camera so you can learn how to make homemade laundry soap too, just in case you ever have a need :)

The cost breakdown for homemade laundry soap is equal to about the cheapest laundry soap available on the market, but it is quick and easy to do, and a real time saver if you are caught in a pinch like I was.

Budget wise – I also consider it a time saver and money saver, because I can’t seem to get through a grocery store with *just* one item, so just having the ingredients on hand helps. And if money is tight having the ingredients already on hand, makes it much easier to make a new batch of homemade laundry detergent without figuring out where the money is going to come from to make another shopping run.

For ingredients, you need:

  • a bar laundry soap (Fel Naptha, Zote, or any other bar laundry soap), usually costs about a $1
  • washing soda , found in the laundry isle, usually costs about $3-4
  • Borax, also found in the laundry isle, usually costs between $4-5

The washing soda and Borax will last you a while (the recipe only calls for 1 cup), and I usually just make sure I have a bar of Fels Naptha on hand (especially during poison oak/sumac season).

In all I think it costs about 5 to 10 cents per load, depending on how much you pay for your ingredients and if you use the optional Oxiclean (or generic) like I do in the video.

And then just follow the instructions in the video… it’s really that fast and easy.  And then all you need is 1 Tablespoon per load, 2 if the kids’ clothes are particularly dirty.



P.S. If you aren’t able to see the video, here’s the short version of the homemade laundry soap recipe:

Mix together 1 bar of laundry soap (grated), 1 cup of washing soda, and 1 cup of Borax

Yep, that easy.

P.S.S.  If you have young children in the house and you make your own anything, be sure to write the ingredients on the container you use, so that if there’s ever an accident that involves you or a babysitter calling poison control, you can just read the ingredients off the container rather than trying to remember what’s in there.

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4 Responses to How to Make Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent

  1. Ruth smith says:

    Fels naptha. Pronounced nap tha. Not nap th ia

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