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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Homemade Powdered Laundry Soap

A while ago we posted our laundry soap recipe - which I love (HUGE money saver!!).

BUT, I like this one better:
1 cup of borax

1 cup of washing soda
1\2 cup of oxy clean
1 grated bar of Fels-Naptha soap
(optional: few drops of essence oil)

Once grated, allow the soap to dry for awhile (a day or two is fine).

Mix all ingredients well.

one tablespoon per load of clothes.
Cost: depending on what ingredients cost in your area, about $2 per batch!!

I only like this better because it takes up WAY less space than the liquid - AND....imagine how pretty it would be in a glass jar with a piece of Christmas fabric tied to the lid and a tablespoon tied to it! (can you guess what WE are giving as gifts this year?!)


  1. I make my own also. We can't use Fels-Naptha because of the smell, so I use castille soap. Really saves money and easy!

  2. I have been using the liquid laundry soap , this is one that seems so much easier. Does it last as long as the liquid though ?

    What size jar do you need?

  3. Jen: I usually mix this in a bowl and then split into about 3 pint size jars. I flop between using this and the liquid - I still don't know which is my favorite!

  4. I've been making own dry laundry soap for a few years and have always used Zote, Fels, or Ivory, which I can get at our local grocery store. I've not seen a recipe before using Oxi-Clean. Wonder what the difference is? They recently started carrying Castille, but it cost more per bar and usage. Have been tempted to try it though. I make a gallon a dry detergent up at a time (store it in an old ice cream container and use vinegar for fabric softener. We just don't have room for the liquid. I also noticed you let the grated soap set out for a day. Can you tell me how this effects it? Doesn't it make it harder?

  5. Mom2Three:
    First, we use the Oxy in addition to the other soap - I find that this eliminates any need for bleaching whites - and I barely ever have to pre-treat (even with a toddler in the house!!)

    I allow the soap to set out so that it crumbles easier - then when I mix it all in, it is evenly distributed.

    Hope this helps!! :)

  6. Does anyone know if this is okay to use for people with eczema?

  7. Multi-Talented Mama:

    My daughter is EXTREMELY allergic to (almost) everything - which is why I was a "Tide-only girl" - she has eczema and I have psoriasis - and yes it works fine for both of us. I have also cloth-diapered and it works fine for those as well!

    Hope that helps!

  8. Hi! I am going to finally take the plunge and make my own laundry detergent. I love that you posted this!
    I have a quick question..I heard/read that using the OxyClean can really fade your colors, making them look dingy. Have you found that to be a problem?

  9. Robin-
    I haven't seen or personally experienced any fading with my clothes from using OxyClean.....maybe because the amount is soooo small and then dilutes even more once in the wash?

    Hope that helps!

  10. Thanks so much Jessica! I am FINALLY heading out to buy the ingredients right now (wanted to wait to run out of my regular detergent). I saw that people use various soaps (Fels, Ivory, or Zote). I'm not sure what the difference is between each one so I think I'll go with whichever one I can find at the store! :0) If there IS a difference, can you let me know?
    I REALLY do appreciate all of your help with this!

  11. Fels Naptha is a laundry soap :) i recommended that one ;)


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