NOTE: I’ve personally stopped using homemade laundry soaps altogether. I know many people still have great success with them, but they started leaving a film/residue on our laundry. Might be our hard water, or maybe just this powder version, but I wrote a whole post diving deep into this issue here.
My recipe for liquid laundry detergent works very well, but it can be time consuming and requires more effort.
If you’re in a hurry and don’t have the time to whip up a batch of liquid detergent, this recipe for the powdered stuff will work just as well!
What you need:
- 1 bar of castile soap, finely grated (or any natural soap bar; or 1 cup pre-grated soap flakes)
- 2 cups washing soda
- 2 cups baking soda
- 2 cups borax (optional)
What to do:
- After finely grating the bar of soap, add it to a bowl along with the borax, washing soda, baking soda.
- Whisk together very well to make sure it is all evenly distributed. Note: Be careful not to inhale the dust while stirring, as it can be irritating. Also, you may want to wear some gloves if you have sensitive skin.
- Put in an air-tight container to prevent clumping.
That’s it – four ingredients and three easy steps will get you a quick batch of laundry detergent!
I use about 2-3 tablespoons of powder for a load in cold water, depending on the size; but you should experiment to find what works for you.
If you wash in cold water, I suggest you dilute your measured soap into some hot water first, before adding it to the washer.
Don’t forget to read up on how to naturally freshen your laundry!
NOTE: For HE/Front-loading washers – Since this detergent is low-suds, it’s PERFECT for HE/front-loading washers, but you just want to use less detergent (about 1-2 tablespoons).
Where can you buy washing soda?Washing is not the same as baking soda. Here are some places you can find it:
- in the laundry aisle
- in the pool cleaner aisle at Walmart, brand name is AquaChem. Just make sure the only ingredient listed is sodium carbonate!
- call this phone number 1-800-524-1328 and have the UPC code 33200-03020. The service will ask for your zip code and then tell you places in your area that sell the item.
- you can make your own by cooking baking soda in the oven until it becomes washing soda!
Powdered Laundry Detergent
After finely grating the bar of soap, add it to a bowl along with the borax,washing soda, and baking soda.
Whisk together very well to make sure it is all evenly distributed.
Put in an air-tight container to prevent clumping.
Use 2-4 tablespoons per load for regular machine, and 1-2 tablespoons for an HE machine.
If washing with cold water, mix detergent with warm/hot water first to help it dissolve and not stick to clothes. I just add the detergent to the washer and run it on hot water until it starts to fill up, and then switch it to cold water and add the clothes.
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