Homemade Powdered Laundry Soap

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Making your own laundry detergent powder can save you money, and give you the cleaning results you want. This is a page about homemade powdered laundry soap.


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This laundry soap is easy to make and free of that long list of chemicals you will find in your average container of store bought soap. It works well too!

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: About 4 cups

Source: Modified from a recipe in the book "Making It".


  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup grated laundry soap such as Zote or Fels Naptha
  • cheese grater
  • empty storage containers


  1. Grate your bar soap. It's actually really fun to do this. My kids kept calling it "pink cheese", lol. :)
  2. Store the remaining soap in a Ziploc. Be sure to label it properly so everyone knows it's "not" food.
  3. Add all of your ingredients to a large bowl.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Store in an airtight container. I picked these cute Mason jars up for only 99 cents!
  6. Use 2 tablespoons per load of laundry.
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June 3, 20151 found this helpful
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I have been making homemade laundry soap for years and I have an HE machine. I first made the liquid soap, but now I make the powdered and prefer that. My clothes are clean and fresh. I love that I can wash a whole year of clothes for about $10.


I use my food processor to shred the Zote soap and mix the dry ingredients. It only takes about 5 minutes to mix up a batch.

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December 10, 20162 found this helpful
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I use the same recipe for washing powders and it works wonders on my clothes and I only used two tablespoons per large load. I make a double batch of it and I stored in a 5-gallon bucket and I keep a container above my washing machine with a measuring spoon; I always noted on my calendar when I made the washing so I won't know how long this mixture last me doing laundry. It normally lasts me close to six months. I spend approximately $40 on the ingredients that make up this detergent

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October 12, 2013

What bars of soap can I use to make laundry powder?

By freedomconnie


October 12, 20130 found this helpful

I use Castille soap but there are those who use Felsnaptha, too. If I were to guess, I would say any soap works, according to your preferences. C:

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October 16, 20131 found this helpful

3 cups Borax (such as 20 Mule Team)
3 cups Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda


1 Bar Zote Laundry Soap, Grated

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July 5, 20141 found this helpful

I used a 3 gal bucket and put in one box of preshredded zote one box of arm and hammer washing soda and 3/4 a box of borax makes 6months - a year if detergent if using 1-2 tablespoons on each load. Spent $10.

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May 25, 20170 found this helpful

this is the exact recipe I use. next time I am going to double the recipe and have more

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April 25, 20190 found this helpful

I was told that you can use pretty much any soap except those with moisturizers in them(Dove, Caress, Olay etc) but I like the site. Smells sooo good and its purpose is for clothes.

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August 19, 2010

I'm looking for a laundry detergent recipe.

By Bugluvver from St. Paul, MN


August 20, 20101 found this helpful

You can Google a recipe. I have been told the recipe containing felsnaptha is the better one.

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May 25, 20170 found this helpful

3 cups Borax (such as 20 Mule Team)
3 cups Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda


1 Bar Zote Laundry Soap, Grated

mix all together. I use about 2 Tbsp. per laod

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March 14, 2017

You can save a lot of money by making your own laundry powder. This page contains a recipe for DIY dry laundry soap for $20 a year.

A box of baking soda and borax.

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