5-Minute Powder Laundry Detergent Recipe
There is a way to make this recipe in liquid form, but why bother? The soap flakes dissolve eventually even in cold water — we've had no experience with soap flake residue on clothes, and found no reports of it either. Liquid homemade soaps are messy, gloopy, and space-consuming. Mix up this powder homemade laundry soap recipe instead. It's convenient to store and use, and gets clothes clean.
1 cup washing soda
1 cup Borax
2 cups mild, neutral bar soap like Ivory, Zote or Fels-Naptha, finely grated
2–3 drops of essential oil, optional
The two cups of grated soap is equivalent to one bar of Ivory or part of a bar of Fels-Naptha. Use a microplane or other fine grater for best results. The soap can be grated in about five minutes.
Mix together the one cup washing soda, one cup borax, and two cups grated soap (and essential oil, if using) in a container with a tight-fitting lid.
Use: two tablespoons per load of laundry.
Note that this, like other homemade laundry detergent recipes, will not suds up. Don't worry — suds are mostly cosmetic and are put in for our benefit. The soap will clean your clothes.
Washing soda, Borax and Fels-Naptha soap are all available in your supermarket's laundry aisle. Really. I know you've never seen them before, but that's because you've never known to look. They are there!
Give this a try, and let us know how it works for you. Even better, let us know how much you save!