Powdered Laundry Detergent

I am re-posting this pictorial for anyone who is interested in making home-made laundry soap. I have been making my own laundry soap for almost a year and am very satisfied. I make the liquid version more often than not since it yields more loads. The powder is a very concentrated version.

I will re-post the liquid laundry soap tutorial soon.

2 cups Fels Naptha Soap finely shredded.

(I’ve heard that you could use ivory soap as well)1 cup Washing Soda & 1 cup Borax

Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container.

I use:

1 teaspoon full (small load)

1 tablespoon (large load)

2 tablespoons (super load).


  1. ~ Angi :) says

    What about scent? Is the scent fresh? Clean? do you ever add your own scented . . .gee . . .what would one use? Oils wouldn’t work. Your ideas?


  2. Hadias says

    Hopewell~ I don’t let it dissolve first. I thought I had to but found that it wasn’t needed.

    I pour the powder into the water and begin loading the clothes.


  3. Hadias says

    Hello Deb and Earthmommy. I am so glad that you are considering making your own laundry detergent.

    The initial investment is roughly:
    $.99 Fels Naphtha
    $4.00 Mule Team Borax
    $4.00 Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

    I get Fels Naptha from Publix or Walmart.

    And to answer your question Earthmommy, I have never had any problem with residue on my clothes with the liquid nor the powder. It dissolved fine for me in both cold and hot water temps.

    Both the powder and the liquid clean well just be sure to continue using bleach to keep your whites white, since this recipe does not include a bleaching agent.

    As far as saving money, I made my initial investment of around seven dollars and have only had to buy 1 new bar of Fels Naptha in about 60 days.

    With commercial detergents I had to purchase laundry soap roughly every three weeks for a family of six.

    So, although I don't have exact numbers I know that I have spent roughly $8.00 in 60 days on laundry soap when I would normally spend around $20 at the store in that same amount of time, that just says it all for me.

    I believe that the liquid last longer than the powdered since the powder is so concentrated. The powder has been more convienient for me since it is lighter to move around and easier to store.

    I will go back to the liquid once I get a large enough bucket. I initially used a syrofoam ice cooler and it began to leak.

    If you have any other question please feel free to ask.


  4. Earthmommy says

    I’ve been wanting to try this too. Do you find this mixtured gets our clothes clean? Is there any problem with it dissolving completely in the wash? Thanks!


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