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Last Updated on June 6, 2024 by Kiersten James

This easy homemade powdered laundry detergent has 3 ingredients and doesn’t require any measuring. Saves time, money, and trips to the store!

A large glass jar with silver lid is filled with white powdered laundry detergent. 3 ivory colored wool dryer balls are stacked in the background. A brown paper label reads "laundry detergent" on the glass jar.

I don’t honestly remember where I found the recipe for this homemadepowdered 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.

Tips For Using a Homemade 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.

Scent Boosters

Some homemade 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.

HOWEVER

Essential oils alone were just not enough to make my clothes smell fresh. I also don’t like that they could possibly stain fabric.

The amount of essential oils required to produce a decent fragrance in a laundry load is more expensive than my entire 6 month’s cost to do laundry. SO…

When I wash bedding and towels, I run it on the hot/sanitize cycle and add 2 tablespoons of the Bounty Scent Boosters. I consider this a “scrunchy” aka sort of crunchy but has her flaws type situation.

You can completely opt to leave it out, I’m just being totally honest and feel like – as a psychiatric and oncology nurse for almost a decade – everything is okay in moderation.

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

Ingredients

  • 1 box Borax
  • 1 box Washing Soda
  • 1 Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby Castile Soap bar

How to Make Homemade 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.

overhead view inside a large glass jar filled with white powdered laundry detergent mix

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.

A large glass jar with silver lid is filled with white powdered laundry detergent. 3 ivory colored wool dryer balls are stacked in the background. A brown paper label reads "laundry detergent" on the glass jar.

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