DIY Laundry Powder

by Oct 13, 2013DIY0 comments

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! 


I’m so glad you asked! Here are my top 3 reasons!

  1. It’s easy
  2. It’s frugal
  3. 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:

  • Bowl
  • Cheese grater
  • Container with lid (I use an old, clean coconut oil tub for large batches)
  • Borax
  • 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)

DIY Laundry Powder
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 2 cups borax
  2. 2 cups washing soda
  3. 2 cups "Oxy Clean" (optional)
  4. 2 bars natural soap
  1. Grate soap.
  2. Place all powders and soap into a large bowl or container and mix well.
  3. Add essential oils if using.
  4. To Use: Add 2 TBS of laundry powder per load of laundry.
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This isn’t an original recipe. It’s been floating around out there for years and I’ve used it for a very long time. I don’t even know where I first saw it to give credit. I use my own amounts because I need it to last longer and I add my favorite essential oils based on my mood. Make it your own!

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?



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