Make Your Own Powdered Laundry Detergent

Make Your Own Powdered Laundry Detergent

{a DIY recipe that really works and smells good, too} 

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Make Your Own Powdered Laundry Detergent

 I LOVE THIS POWDERED LAUNDRY DETERGENT “RECIPE”!

WHEN WE WERE INTRODUCED TO THIS LAUNDRY SOAP RECIPE SEVERAL YEARS AGO BY A FRIEND, WE DECIDED TO TRY IT OUT. I’ll HAVE TO ADMIT, AT FIRST, I WAS A BIT SKEPTICAL IF IT WOULD REALLY DO THE JOB. I DEFINITELY WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED! I GREW UP IN A LARGE FAMILY, SO FOR US THERE WAS ALWAYS A LOT OF LAUNDRY–AND LAUNDRY SOAP CAN BE EXPENSIVE, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE LOADS AND LOADS OF IT TO DO. THIS LAUNDRY DETERGENT MAKES ABOUT 2 GALLONS, AND I COULD NOT BELIEVE HOW LONG IT LASTED US. IT IS DEFINITELY A BUDGET FRIENDLY DETERGENT. 🙂

DIY Laundry Detergent | Make Your Own Laundry Soap | DIY Powdered Laundry Detergent | Laundry Soap Recipe | Laundry Soap Homemade | Laundry Soap | Laundry Soap Recipe Powdered | You guys, this stuff really works and smells super good, too. Check out the easy recipe on sixcleversisters.com. We were Tide only users until we started making this! 

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:

SO, LET’S GET STARTED. . .

Make Your Own Powdered Laundry Detergent

YOU’LL FIND MOST OF THESE INGREDIENTS IN THE LAUNDRY AISLE AT WALMART. I NEEDED TO MAKE ANOTHER BATCH OF THIS LAST WEEK, SO I DECIDED TO SHARE THE “RECIPE” WITH YOU TODAY. I GOT ALL OF MY INGREDIENTS FOR JUST UNDER $25. A LOT OF TIMES YOU’LL FIND COUPONS FOR SOME OF THE INGREDIENTS MAKING IT COST EVEN LESS. IT SERIOUSLY LASTS A REEEAAALLY LONG TIME!! 🙂 IT’S A FRACTION OF THE COST OF WHAT WE USED TO SPEND ON LAUNDRY DETERGENT, AND I’VE FOUND THAT IT WORKS JUST AS WELL. (AND THAT’S COMING FROM SOMEONE WHO USED TIDE DETERGENT 🙂 )

YOU’LL WANT TO HAVE A LARGE BUCKET OR PLASTIC CONTAINER TO EASILY BE ABLE TO MIX EVERYTHING TOGETHER. 

 

Start by mixing together the baking soda, super soda, Borax, and OxiClean.

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Lastly, add the Zote soap or the Fels-Naptha, whichever you’ve chosen to use. You can use some of both, it really doesn’t matter. Grate it using a cheese grater. (It’s a good idea to have a grater that you will use just for soap.)

I like to grate one bar, mix it up, then grate the other and mix it in. I find it’s easier to mix in one bar at a time, than trying to mix in all of the shredded pieces at the same time.DIY Laundry Detergent | Make Your Own Laundry Soap | DIY Powdered Laundry Detergent | Laundry Soap Recipe | Laundry Soap Homemade | Laundry Soap | Laundry Soap Recipe Powdered | You guys, this stuff really works and smells super good, too. Check out the easy recipe on sixcleversisters.com. We were Tide only users until we started making this!*The Zote is very easy to grate and makes larger shreds. The Fels-Naptha is harder to grate and makes finer shreds. So, you can experiment with it and see which you prefer and which works better in your washing machine. 

I found something a couple of years ago when I was out getting my laundry soap ingredients. . .already grated Zote flakes!! So, if you are in a rush to get your laundry soap mixed up, or you just don’t feel like grating the soap, you can buy it already done. It does costs twice as much, but it might be worth it to you. If you decide to use this, you’ll need 2 boxes.

Once you’ve gotten it all mixed up, it’s good to go! It’s that easy!

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I like to fill up my empty OxiClean container for what I want to easily have on hand and store the rest in a 2-gallon bucket with a lid.

And, remember if you’ve saved your Purex Crystals lid, you’ll have a nice scoop. Use about 2 Tbsp. of this detergent per load, (3 Tbsp. for larger/soiled loads). And, the bottom line of the Purex Crystals lid is the perfect 2 Tbsp. measurement. 🙂 

Put the soap directly in the drum if you have a front loading washing machine. 

 

{DIY} Powdered Laundry Detergent
a homemade powdered laundry soap that really works and smells good, too
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Ingredients
  1. 1- (4 lb.) box Arm & Hammer baking soda
  2. 1- (3 lb. 7 oz.) box Arm & Hammer super soda
  3. 1- (4 lb. 12 oz.) box Borax
  4. 1- (3 lb.) tub OxiClean
  5. 2- (14.1 oz.) bars Zote soap (pink or white) . . .OR
  6. 5- (5 1/2 oz.) bars Fels-Naptha soap
  7. 1- (24 oz.) container Arm & Hammer Clean Sensations In-Wash Freshness Booster or any other laundry enhancer
  8. basic grater
  9. bucket
Instructions
  1. Mix the baking soda, super soda, Borax, and OxiClean in your bucket, stirring after adding each ingredient.
  2. Add the freshness booster.
  3. Mix until even distributed.
  4. Grate the bars of soap and mix in.
  5. Stir until all is combined.
  6. Use 2 Tbsp. for normal loads and 3 Tbsp. for larger/soiled loads.
Notes
  1. *The Zote is very easy to grate and makes larger shreds. The Fels-Naptha is harder to grate and makes finer shreds. So, you can experiment with it and see which you prefer and which works better in your washing machine.
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4 Comments

  1. Does it leave a suddy residue and is it high efficiency safe?

    • Katherine,
      We’ve been making and using this for years and it has not left a suddy residue for us. As far as being safe for high efficiency washers, it should be since it contains no sudsing agent as an ingredient. It is recommended that you put it directly in the washer and avoid the automatic dispenser. But try it in your own machine and use your own discretion. :-)Hope this helps!

  2. This is the exact recipe I’m using now too. And, instead of fabric softener, I just use white vinegar. It works just fine and does not leave a smell once the clothes are dry.