This easy DIY powdered laundry detergent has 3 ingredients and doesn’t require any measuring. Saves time, money, and trips to the store.
I don’t honestly remember where I found the recipe for this DIY powdered laundry detergent because I’ve been using it for that long…I’m talking years.
Initially, I started making it to save myself some time running to the store with the amount of laundry I do.
When the pandemic hit and everything was out of stock for weeks on end, I realized that knowing how to make regular household items – like laundry detergent – has much more value than just saving time.
This is a “Good, Better, Best” Thing
My DIY powdered laundry detergent recipe isn’t 100% natural.
While I try to err on the handmade, no chemicals, all natural side of life, it’s just not always possible or practical.
I definitely don’t want clothes to come out of the wash smelling of perfume but I also don’t want them to smell like they only ran through a water cycle.
This is not the “best” option but it is better than buying a bottle of Tide from the store. I’m okay with that.
Tips For Using a DIY Powdered Laundry Detergent
Warm water is necessary for the detergent to fully dissolve and activate.
For cold cycles, delicates, and dark colors: dissolve the detergent in warm water prior to adding it to the washer.
I have a top loading washer and dissolve 1/2 cup of the detergent in warm water. I then switch the cycle to “cold” after it dissolves and add the clothes.
If you have a front loader, dissolve the detergent in a separate bowl before adding to the washing machine with the clothes.
Some DIY powdered laundry detergent recipes add scent boosters directly to the detergent mix. I don’t do this in an effort to minimize use of artificial fragrances.
Essential oils alone were just not enough to make my clothes smell fresh.
The amount of essential oils required to produce a decent fragrance in a laundry load is more expensive than my entire 3 month’s cost to do laundry.
When I wash bedding and towels, I run it on the hot/sanitize cycle and add 2 tablespoons of the Bounty Scent Boosters.
Everybody likes fresh sheets and towels.
Supplies You May Need
- Large mixing bowl or pot
- Box or hand grater
- Mixing spoon
- 128oz storage container with lid
- 1/2 cup measuring scoop to leave in the container
DIY Powdered Laundry Detergent Ingredients
- 1 box Borax
- 1 box Washing Soda
- 1 Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby Castile Soap bar
How to Make DIY Powdered Laundry Detergent
Grate the castile soap bar using a box grater or hand grater into a large mixing bowl.
Add the entire box of Borax and the entire box of Washing Soda.
Use the back of a mixing spoon to break up any clumps from the Washing Soda.
Mix contents together until well blended and smooth.
Store in a glass or PET plastic 128oz container.
Add 1/2 cup of powdered laundry detergent to every wash cycle.