DIY Laundry Powder
I have a quick and easy post for you today: DIY laundry powder. Making your own laundry powder is so simple. It takes 5 minutes!
WHY DO I WANT TO MAKE MY OWN LAUNDRY POWDER?
I’m so glad you asked! Here are my top 3 reasons!
- It’s easy
- It’s frugal
- It’s non-toxic
We already mentioned easy so we’ll move on to the frugal part. You’ll save quite a bit of money making your own versus buying detergent at the store and you only need to use two tablespoons per load. It’s literally pennies on the dollar!
Conventional laundry products are full of chemical fragrances. They contain chemicals to get the dirt out of your clothes, and more chemicals to keep the dirt from sticking back onto your clothes in the rinse cycle. That’s just the tip of the iceberg and don’t even get me started on Dreft for babies. What a load of marketing that product is! Oy!
Here’s what you need:
- Cheese grater
- Container with lid (I use an old, clean coconut oil tub for large batches)
- Washing Soda
- Natural bar soap (I use this brand)
- Natural “Oxy Clean” (optional – I like this brand)
- Essential Oils (optional – this brand is my current favorite)
- 2 cups borax
- 2 cups washing soda
- 2 cups "Oxy Clean" (optional)
- 2 bars natural soap
- Grate soap.
- Place all powders and soap into a large bowl or container and mix well.
- Add essential oils if using.
- To Use: Add 2 TBS of laundry powder per load of laundry.
I used this on my cloth diapers too and it worked fine. I would just use vinegar in the rinse cycle. The oxygen bleach enhances stain fighting power which is the biggest complaint with natural laundry soap. If you want extra scent, put a few drops of your favorite essential oil on a washcloth and toss it in the dryer if you use one.
Have fun and enjoy!
Do you make laundry powder? Is your recipe similar?
Sarah is a wife, mom of 4, farm owner, and real food blogger at Real Food Outlaws. She is also an Master Herbalist and owns 90210 Organics, an Eco-boutique and Apothecary. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College and is a Clinical/Functional Nutritionist and Advanced Nutrition Response Testing™ Practitioner at Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey and Natural Health Improvement Center of Des Moines. You can often find her barefoot in the garden (or kitchen), or rummaging through a refrigerator (not necessarily her own).