DIY (powdered) laundry detergent



This afternoon, my mom and I made some laundry soap, and I thought I would share it with you πŸ™‚

This is one of those things that are worthwhile, and quite easy to make (as well as easy on your wallet! ::grin::). In fact, it’s pretty much dirt cheap, costing only about 5 cents a load! *gasp*

the cast of characters:



… Borax …


… Oxi Clean …


… a (rather big) box of baking soda ::grin:: …


… Washing Soda …



… and (the divine) Fels-Naptha! πŸ™‚ …

–>Β 1 (4 lb 12 oz) box of Borax

–>Β 1 (3 lb 7 oz) box of Washing Soda

–> 1 (3 lb) box of Oxi Clean

–> 2 (14.1 oz) bars of Fels-Naptha (or Zote soap (which is pink))

–> 1 (4 lb) box of Baking Soda

–> a large bucket (that can hold about 2 or 3 gallons)

–> a funnel

–> a cheese grater

–> several jars

the plan:

–> The hardest, most time-consuming part is grating the soap on the cheese grater. It really is. But it’s a great little job for your kiddos to do! πŸ™‚ And, whatever you, don’t be as stupid as me and get it in your eye. It is NOT a comfortable feeling, let me tell you. πŸ™‚ Oh and I would recommend using a fairly large bowl to grate into and using the fine side of the grater.




–> Then, after ALL that hard work (your arms sore yet? ;)), you just mix all of the ingredients together in the bucket.Β I would recommend doing this outside. And you should get about 2 to 3 gallons of laundry soap! Wowzer, isn’t that just crazy?! And all you need 1 tbsp per load. That’s it. It costs only about a nickel a load, and is safe for he washers as well. Isn’t that exciting?! I’m excited ::happy dance:: These would make *great* gifts for busy moms! (Or if you are a busy mom yourself ;))

–> After that, pour them into jars . I used a funnel to make this much easier.


And it should look something like this πŸ™‚



{hey! it’s ruger! oh, dear, how did he get in there? ::wink::}




If you have any questions, be sure to ask! I would be honored ::grin::

(homemade fabric softener coming soon! :D)

4 thoughts on “DIY (powdered) laundry detergent

  1. I didn’t even know they sold Fels Naptha any more . My mother used it when I was a kid….How is this product that you are making at cleaning the clothes? What a wonderful thing to do…….thanks or sharing

    • Yes! Fels-Naptha– thank goodness– is still being sold! Oh my word, it smells soo good πŸ™‚

      It’s great! We love the homemade better than the store-bought stuff, and even with out all the extra chemicals and such it still works fabulously πŸ˜‰

      (And by the way, I would be *more* than happy to bring you some at church next week, if you want! We have either the dry soap (as shown), or we have the liquid version. Your choice! πŸ˜€ (or we can give you both to try ::grin::))

  2. Thanks, Rachel! I’m using it in just a minute… will let you know how it goes! If you use a liquid, do you know the proportions for diluting it? Where is the best place to get all these ingredients in such big sizes? I’m grateful you guys shared the info!

    • Do you mean the liquid version of the laundry soap? We would be more than happy to share the liquid laundry soap with you, anytime you need it, because we always make about 3 gallons, and always have *way* more than we need! Every time we make a batch we end up giving most of it away. (And we always enjoy making it ::grin::)

      Let us know how you like it! πŸ˜€

      And, really, there’s actually no reason to buy the ingredients in bulk, because it just makes …TONS, haha (to say the least). We would be delighted to bring you some regularly, so you don’t have to worry about that πŸ˜€

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