Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent – Powder

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent

I am out of laundry detergent.

So it is time to make more!

This time I wanted something super quick as I am OUT and the LAUNDRY NEEDS TO BE DONE!

Today I am making a powder version of my homemade laundry detergent. It is super simple.


Equal parts of:

Ivory Original Bar Soap

Twenty Mule Team Borax

Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I used my Microplane Grater to grate the soap this time. I have used a food processor or a traditional box grater in the past but I was not happy with the size of the the grate for the application of making powder laundry detergent. Both the box grater and the food processor work fine for the liquid version or if you have a top load machine but I have a high efficiency washing machine. There is less water used and I wanted the granules to be as fine as possible so they were able to dissolve quickly and get to work cleaning my clothes!
Homemade Laundry Detergent

Check out this fine powder powder! It is so fine that it was melting in my hand. I am sure there will be no bits of soap left over in my washing machine with this soap!
Homemade Laundry Detergent

1 bar of Ivory grates out to about 2 cups.

Add 2 cups each of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda and Borax.

Instead of stirring them in a bowl or pot I added the ingredients to a clean plastic trash bag.  This way I was able to shake and tumble to ingredients together completely.  I loved this technique because here is less airborne ingredients.

This recipe can be doubled, tripled or quadrupled to keep you set in penny pinching laundry detergent.

I do not add powdered fabric softeners or essential oils to my detergent.  You are welcome to add it to yours but I am not a fan of perfumed laundry. Just a personal preference for my family. If you do add the essential oils be sure to use pure essential oils and not warming oils that you would use in a fragrance warmer. I would start with 5 drops per recipe and add more if you feel it is needed. I would also add 1/2 cup of powdered fabric softener per recipe. Start out light because you can’t take it out once it is in there!


Homemade Laundry Detergent

Add 2 tablespoons per load and you have pinched some pennies in cleaning your clothes. As with any cleaner be sure to keep out of the reach of children and pets.


Interested in making a liquid form of detergent? Check out my post on making liquid laundry detergent.

When was the last time you cleaned your washing machine? That is right CLEANED your WASHING MACHINE. It is super simple and will make your machine and detergent more efficient.  Check out my post: Cleaning Your Washing Machine.

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Do you make your own laundry detergent? If so how does your recipe differ from mine? Any tips for your fellow readers?