I have tried a few different recipes I found online for homemade laundry detergent, and ultimately decided to make my own powdered recipe that works best for me. Most ingredients online are similiar, so feel free to adjust quantities to suit your own needs and preferences.
This tutorial will guide you through the steps to make your own homemade powdered laundry detergent.
1 bar Fels-Naptha bar soap
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
1/4 cup Baking Soda
*All of these items are found in the laundry isle next to the laundry detergents. If you live in Utah — I had best luck at Winco for all the supplies, I was not able to find the Fels-Naptha soap or washing soda at the Walmart or Target in my area, but you may have better luck.
*If you try this recipe and like it, you can double or even triple the ingredients the next time you make it to get a larger batch.
1. Grate the Fels-Naptha bar soap finely. I grated mine first using a hand grater, then put it in the Magic Bullet to finish it off. A food processer works great too. Coarsely grated, this equals about 2 cups. Finely grated measures less, of course.
2. Add 1 cup Borax.
3. Add 1 cup washing soda.
4. Add 1/4 cup baking soda.
7. Place in an airtight container. Use 2 tablespoons per regular load of laundry.
Here’s a label you can use for your container. Click on the image below, then right click to save it. I recommend opening it in Word or Publisher and printing it from there. That way you can resize it to fit your own container.