Homemade Laundry Detergent

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This week we made up a big batch of powdered laundry detergent. I love that I am able to whip up a large batch, for just a few dollars, using ingredients of my own choosing. Our family is working toward using as few pre-made cleaning products and personal care items as possible. Partly for health reasons, partly for budget reasons, partly for self-sufficiency reasons.

Even though there are all types of homemade laundry soap floating around out there I thought I’d share my recipe with you. Over the years I’ve tried a few others, including the liquid/gel type. The recipe below is the one I like best. It only takes a few minutes to prepare. It makes enough to last for 4 months for our household of 7, our daughter’s family of 5, and our other daughter’s family of 4.  The total cost is about $20.

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Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent

  • 4 lb 12 oz box of Borax
  • 4 lb box Baking Soda
  • 3 lb 7 oz box Washing Soda
  • 3 bars of Bar Soap (Fels-Naptha, Zote, Ivory, etc)
  • 3 lb container of Oxy Clean (optional but recommended) — any brand of ‘oxygen powder cleaner/booster’ works fine (Walmart and Dollar General sell ‘Sun’ brand at half the cost)
  • 1 lg container Purex Crystals (optional, but really does eliminate need for dryer sheets or other softener.  Gain crystals work well, too)
  • 1 lg container of Downy Unstopable Scent Booster (or comparable brand)
  • Laundry Soap 3 at ApronStringsOtherThings.com
Step 1: we need to get your soap to powder consistency. You can out by grate your soap with a cheese grater or food processor.  I now put my bars of soap in the microwave for 1-4 minutes (depends on your microwave) – it will get huge and puffy. Let it cool and then it will easily crumble in your hands, work it with your hands, rubbing your hands together until it became as fine as the baking soda! This takes a little time, but is worth it. This for me is the longest step and takes quite a bit of muscle work.  You could also use a food processor.

Step 2: Combine all the ingredients in a large container. 

Step 3: Store in air-tight containers.  I have used the borax and soda boxes, and plastic ‘shoe’ box type containers. I now use plastic baby formula containers. They are PERFECT and even come with a handy-dandy scoop just the right size. Laundry Soap 1 at ApronStringsOtherThings.com
Step 4: Use it up – 1 to 2 tablespoons per load. This works well in both standard agitator-type machines and in front loading HE washers.
Sometimes a regular washing just does not get all the stink out – sometimes a load gets forgotten and turns sour – I am finding my new washer/dryer sours very quickly – so I began adding essential oils (the one I use is called Purification) to my detergent dispenser. It does a remarkable job keeping the clothes fresh and killing germs. LOVE it! I also use vinegar in the rinse cycle rather than liquid fabric softener or dryer sheets.

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