Thursday, April 4, 2013

powdered laundry detergent recipe: six months of laundry soap for $17!

DIY powdered laundry soap recipe

Six months ago I tried making my own recipe for DIY powdered laundry soap. I'd been making our liquid laundry soap for almost a year, but I'd heard that this laundry soap was easier to make, super cheap and lasts longer, so I decided to try it out.

You will need:



3 bars of fels naptha (or two bars of zote)
1 3 lb container of oxy-clean, or generic oxy clean
1 box of baking soda
1 box of washing soda
1 box of borax

Mix all the powdered ingredients together in a big container (a five gallon bucket works well). Then use an old cheese grater to grate the fels naptha soap into the bucket as well. Mix everything together well, and you're done! You use a single tablespoon when you need to do laundry, two if you have really really dirty clothes.

DIY powdered laundry soap recipe


I spend about $17 on all the ingredients shown above, and I had to buy a container big enough, so including that it was around $22. Now I'm a cheap person, so the out of pocket cost seemed high.

But...

...it lasted for SIX MONTHS! $17 for six months of laundry soap is crazy! And if anyone is worried about how it works, don't be. It works really, really well! Just as well as the crazy expensive All Free and Clear I was blowing money on every couple of weeks before I started making my own laundry soap. And I can't even imagine how many loads of laundry I went through in that six months, with four people in the house I usually do two or three loads a day, all week long. So that's...roughly 500 loads of laundry? For only $17. That's about $0.03 a load!

DIY powdered laundry soap recipe
that tiny scoop is all I need to use per load!

The only tip I have is to add the soap to the water before you add the clothes, otherwise the powder can sometimes get caught in the folds of the clothes and not get fully rinsed out. This is true with any powdered laundry soap. Other then that, use just like you would regular laundry soap!

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20 comments:

  1. Really? I've seen people do it but I always wondered. Do you think it would work with sensitive skin? I spend $40 per month!!

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  2. Really! My daughter could ONLY use All Free and Clear for years, because her skin was so sensitive anything else would irritate her skin, and we also have an infant in our house. This works perfectly! We've been using homemade laundry soap for almost two years and it works even better then the All! This is easier to make then the liquid soap, and easier to store (in my opinion). Try it out, you won't be sorry!

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  3. Hmm...I need to give this a try, especially since you say it works with sensitive skin! By the way I'm your newest follower! I follow you on Facebook too! Have a great day!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

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  4. I've seen lots of recipes for the DIY laundry detergent but some of them are so vague! I love that yours is detailed! We'd love for you to join our party and link up at Thrifty Thursday! http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/category/thrifty-thursday/

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  5. I LOVE using my own homemade laundry detergent! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  6. Great post. Love DIY and saving $$. New fan here. Following you with GFC!
    Thanks for visiting and your sweet comment.

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  7. When I see these home made versions I'm always wanting to try them, but hesitant because we have a HE front loader. What type of washer to you have?

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  8. I have had home made detergent on my list of things to make and do for quite a while now, I just have been nervous to take the plunge! That is such a huge savings, I think I'm just going to have to be brave and do it!

    Cheers!
    Buttons
    The Hot Toddies of Washington

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  9. This looks great! Laundry detergent is so expensive! Thanks for sharing this at Much Ado About Monday. Looking forward to seeing what you have to share next week!

    Jamie
    www.huckleberrylove.com

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  10. Oh, how neat!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  11. There will be a lot of pins for this. I can't believe what laundry soap costs anymore. Thanks for linking up.
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  13. I have made homemade laundry soap before but found the bar soap that is grated doesn't dissolve in the water...any idea's how to make this happen?

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    1. I found a youtube video where the lady who made this exact mixture put all the dry ingredients through her blender. I tried it with my cheap blender and blew the motor. But, I dedicated some time and grated the Fels Naptha very fine (smaller than what is pictured) and used a pestle and mortar and ground all the powders and grated Fels Naptha together. I love it. I have sensitive skin and it works beautifully.

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  14. Thanks for sharing your detergent recipe. I'd like to try it out but I have an HE washer that says to use only liquid detergent. Do you know if this powdered detergent is ok for HE machines? I've tried a homemade liquid detergent before, but it was so messy.

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  15. How much & how would you use this for HE front loading washer? You can't really add detergent to the water in tub! Thank you

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  16. How much & how would you use this for HE front loading washer? You can't really add detergent to the water in tub! Thank you

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  17. Has this been tried in an HE front loading washer machine? If so, what would be the amount of detergent used? Thank you!

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