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DIY Powdered Laundry Detergent

on June 24, 2015

Many of you have been asking for my DIY powder laundry detergent recipe. I’m finally sitting still for 5 minutes to blog it for you all. It’s actually a very simple process especially if you have someone explaining things to avoid. Of all the things I have done to make the transition to natural and clean living, making powder laundry detergent has been the simplest!

First things first – this is so much better for your skin than commercially made laundry soaps. If you or anyone in your family suffers from any skin condition – such as psoriasis, eczema or skin sensitivities that cause itching, hives or swelling – laundry detergent is a great place to start to reduce their toxic load. Second, it saves time and money! I have tracked the costs and with my calculations, I am saving almost 60% over store bought commercially made laundry detergent.

Here’s what you need:

1. Borax (I normally buy two of each thing when I stock up). Available at most grocery stores and Wal-mart.


2. Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda again, I buy two boxes.


3. For each large batch you’ll need one regular size box of baking soda

4. 2 bars of EITHER Fels-naptha laundry bar soap or Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Soap. I prefer Dr, Bronner’s as the quality of this product is outstanding – and the come in different “flavors”. Typically I buy the lavender as pictured below.

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How to:

1. First – take both bars of soap and either grate them (yes, using a cheese grater) or take it from me – purchase a small little Ninja food processor and cut the bar up into small pieces – grate it up, then grate it up some more.

2. Next measure in cups how much soap you have (do not crush it down, just take your grated bar soap and measure how many cups. The correct recipe is in a 1:2 ratio. Therefore – if you end up with 1 cup of grated soap, you will use 2 cups of washing soda and 2 cups of Borax. If you end up with 2 cups of grated soap, you will use 4 cups of washing soda and 4 cups of Borax. I always use just one box of baking soda.

3. Grab a large container to store it in. I bought a 5 gallon bucket from Lowe’s (it must have a cover). Toss all of the ingredients in the bucket and mix them up really well.

4. Once it is well mixed, take out enough of the mixture to fill your blender (or blender size Ninja food processor). Trust me – this will save you some clean up and some mixing. Drop 40 drops of the essential oil of your choice – I prefer Lemon, but we also use Lavender and Wild Orange at times). Blend the two items in your blender/Ninja.

5. Add this dry ingredient back into your large container/bucket and mix all together. Be sure to store with a cover!

Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup for each load – and yes! It’s High Efficiency safe!

*If you need Essential oils for this recipe, I do have them in stock. Lemon is $13. Mention this post and save 10%.  Let me know how it goes!

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