Over a year ago, I wrote a post about making homemade liquid laundry detergent. I loved and used the recipe exclusively — until a simpler recipe stole my heart a few weeks ago.
Powder Laundry Detergent!
This recipe is so quick, easy and compact to store. And it works great.
Quick and Easy Powder Laundry Detergent Recipe
- 1 bar soap (Fels-Naptha, Kirk’s Castile, Ivory, Dr. Bronner’s, etc.)
- 1 cup washing soda (not baking soda)
- 1 cup borax (20 Mule Team)
To make: Chop soap into small pieces. Add washing soda, borax and chopped soap to blender or food processor. Blend or process until mixture is a fine powder (about a minute or two). Store in an airtight container.
*If you have a food processor — use it. I don’t own a food processor and used a blender instead. My blender has held up fine throughout four batches of this recipe, but if you think the motor of your blender might have a hard time blending dry ingredients, test a small amount first.
To use: Add two to three tablespoons of detergent to washing machine (I like to start the wash using a little hot water to dissolve the detergent and then switch to cold water).
That’s it! This is a low sudsing detergent that will even work in high efficiency washers. I typically add a small scoop of baking soda to each load to soften the water as well.
By investing about 10 minutes of your time each month you can save money while controlling what goes into the detergent your family uses!
Below is a visual guide to making this simple and inexpensive laundry detergent.
I hope you love this simple, frugal and fun recipe as much as I have!
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