DIY Laundry Powder

DIY Laundry Powder

 I have a quick and easy post for you today: DIY laundry powder. Making your own laundry powder is so simple. It takes 5 minutes! 


I’m so glad you asked! Here are my top 3 reasons!

  1. It’s easy
  2. It’s frugal
  3. It’s non-toxic

We already mentioned easy so we’ll move on to the frugal part. You’ll save quite a bit of money making your own versus buying detergent at the store and you only need to use two tablespoons per load. It’s literally pennies on the dollar! 

Conventional laundry products are full of chemical fragrances. They contain chemicals to get the dirt out of your clothes, and more chemicals to keep the dirt from sticking back onto your clothes in the rinse cycle. That’s just the tip of the iceberg and don’t even get me started on Dreft for babies. What a load of marketing that product is! Oy!

Here’s what you need:

  • Bowl
  • Cheese grater
  • Container with lid (I use an old, clean coconut oil tub for large batches)
  • Borax
  • Washing Soda
  • Natural bar soap (I use this brand)
  • Natural “Oxy Clean” (optional – I like this brand)
  • Essential Oils (optional – this brand is my current favorite)

DIY Laundry Powder
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 2 cups borax
  2. 2 cups washing soda
  3. 2 cups "Oxy Clean" (optional)
  4. 2 bars natural soap
  1. Grate soap.
  2. Place all powders and soap into a large bowl or container and mix well.
  3. Add essential oils if using.
  4. To Use: Add 2 TBS of laundry powder per load of laundry.
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This isn’t an original recipe. It’s been floating around out there for years and I’ve used it for a very long time. I don’t even know where I first saw it to give credit. I use my own amounts because I need it to last longer and I add my favorite essential oils based on my mood. Make it your own!

I used this on my cloth diapers too and it worked fine. I would just use vinegar in the rinse cycle. The oxygen bleach enhances stain fighting power which is the biggest complaint with natural laundry soap. If you want extra scent, put a few drops of your favorite essential oil on a washcloth and toss it in the dryer if you use one. 

Have fun and enjoy!

Do you make laundry powder? Is your recipe similar?


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  1. Shelah says

    Sarah, I make my own laundry detergent also but I use Fels Naptha, I love the smell, but I may try the soap you like when mine is gone. That will be awhile though. I “grate” my soap in the food processor with a bit of the oxy clean for an abrasive. It is so much easier and quicker than using a grater.

    • says

      Hi Shelah, I don’t use Fels Naptha because it tends to be a little harsh on the skin and the ingredients from what I’ve looked into are petroleum based. I tried it in my food processor and didn’t like doing it that way:)

      • Shelah says

        I will have to try the soap you suggest when I use mine up. Every time I use a grater I tend to take skin off my fingers. 🙂

    • says

      Faye, no it is not. Boric acid is toxic. Borax is not. We are using it to clean with, not ingesting it. Things in nature, if used properly are safe. Like herbs…I am an herbalist and some of the herbs I work with are considered “toxic” but if used at intended are wonderful.

  2. Karen says

    I actually grate mine first by hand and then throw it in my vitamix w the other ingredients to get a finer grate and mix it better. Works like a charm!!

  3. says

    I use the same recipe except I use baking soda and not essential oils. I’m going to try that wash cloth trick, though…such a god idea! So many people are like, “Uh, it doesn’t make suds, it’s not working.” or “They don’t smell like anything so they must not be clean.” False and false. Suds does not equal working and they smell like CLEAN CLOTHES which is what they should smell like, not jungle breeze or something crazy like that!


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