Homemade Powder Laundry Detergent

Hey there! Happy Sunday!

Sundays in our house are cleaning days. Mostly consisting of hubs working outside and me doing laundry. I know most people dread laundry day, but there is something quite satisfying about hanging up your clean clothes, folding your fluffy towels, and getting in bed for the night on those amazingly soft sheets.

While the last load of laundry is finishing up, hubs and I are eating some fried rice and watching Wayne’s World on Netflix.

Extreme Close-Up! Whooooooooah!


This detergent even cleans our dog’s blankets really well. I was doing some looking on Pinterest, and put a couple of recipes together to make this one.

1 box of 20 Mule Team Borax – 4lbs 12oz* $3.97
1 box of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda – 4lbs* $9.06
1 box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda – 4lbs (not the same as the one pictured) $8.64
3 bars of Fels-Naptha Soap* $36.37 for a 24-pack. ~$1.52 per bar
Sun and Earth Dryer Sheets $28.14 for a 6-pack
Epsom Salt (optional) $29.99 for 19.75lbs

* These items are found in the laundry detergent aisle of your grocery store or online. The links to these items on Amazon are posted at the end of this post.
Side note – these ingredients will last you for months! Since you use so much less per load, the cost is substantially lower than name brand detergents. To put things into perspective, I have had that bag of epsom salt since October of 2014. That is three months ago, and I still have so much left!

Grate the Fels-Naptha Soap. You can do this either with a hand grater (believe me, it takes a while) or use your food processor. If you have a five gallon bucket, pour in the soap, the full box of Borax, Washing Soda, and Baking Soda. I don’t have a five-gallon bucket with a lid, so instead, I used a trash bag. It works well for me because I can twist up the end when I store it. Once the detergent is mixed together well, you can pour it in a seperate container to keep next to your laundry room.

This is my detergent container. An old cookie jar. šŸ™‚


The epsom salt is to be used as a fabric softener and adds such a nice fragrance to your laundry. You can also mix in some essential oils to add some extra smelly-goodness. If you use essential oils, I recommend using an airtight container to they don’t evaporate. I found the epsom salt in the bath aisle of the grocery store and on Amazon (link at the bottom).

My epsom salt container – an old noodle holder!


Once your washer is loaded, go ahead and add about two tablespoons per load. Sometimes, if I have a larger load, or a load full of doggy items, I may use three tablespoons. Sprinkle some epsom salt over the top of the load as well. Don’t use more than a quarter cup. Run your washer as usual. When you transfer your items into your dryer, just use one of the dryer sheets.

Disclaimer: From the research I have done, this recipe is also safe for HE machines; however, use it at your own risk.

If you would like to make a smaller batch, you can use:
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of Washing Soda
1 cup of Baking Soda
1 bar of Fels-Naptha
Grate the soap and mix together as the above directions state.

Well, thanks for stopping by! Once I get the pups tucked in with their clean blankets, I’m going to go make our bed with those freshly laundered sheets and snuggle in! Have a great night!

20 Mule Team Borax: HERE
Arm & Hammer Washing Soda: HERE
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda: HERE
Fels-Naptha 24 Pack: HERE
Sun & Earth Dryer Sheets: HERE
Epsom Salt: HERE

You can also purchase a laundry detergent kit which includes Borax, Washing Soda, and Fels-Naptha. You would just need to purchase the Baking Soda separately by following this link.
It also may be cheaper to buy the items in bulk from Amazon.

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