Powdered Laundry Detergent

Yup. I did it. I made laundry detergent. It was so easy! And so cheap.  You’ll need:

  • 1 box of borax
  • 1 box of washing soda (this isn’t baking soda, kids, although it is Arm and Hammer brand).
  • 1 bar of Fels-Naptha
  • 1 jar or plastic container for storage.

I was able to find all of the above in the laundry aisle of my grocery store. OK. Here we go. This will take you 5 minutes. No joke. Are you ready for this?

  1. Finely grate your bar of soap. I used the finer end of my cheese grater.
  2. Add 1 1/4 cup of washing soda
  3. Add 1 1/4 cup of borax.

Mix it up! “easy as 1, 2, 3; do re mi; a, b, c, 1, 2, 3…” Too far? Any Jackson 5 fans out there?

You’ll need 1-2 Tbs. of detergent per washer load, depending on how dirty your clothes are.

A word for front loading/HE washing machine people: this is a low sudsing soap, so it won’t kill your washing machine.

Other options that you have (just ask google for help!):

  • Grate a normal bar of soap, not Fels-Naptha.
  • Add some essential oil to give your detergent a scent. I didn’t add any, and my clothes simply smell clean. No perfume. Just clean. I like it!
  • Try the liquid version of DIY laundry detergent. You’ll need to same ingredients, you just add water and cook it over the stove for awhile.

There are a bunch of folks out there who have done a cost analysis on the worthiness of this venture. I’ve seen numbers anywhere from a penny to a nickle a load, compared to roughly 20 cents a load for store purchased detergent.

I wanna know: Have you done any DIY projects recently?