My faithful kenmore washer of 20 years died this past fall. While shopping for a replacement we reviewed a ton of high efficiency (HE) models. We decided upon an HE LG top loader. So we are now using less water with every load of laundry: yea!
I have made homemade liquid laundry detergent with much success with my older washer. However, with the way my new washer is set up, I don’t think my old recipe will work as successfully. Therefore, I have decided to make homemade powdered detergent. (I like making my own because I know exactly what goes into it and there are no phosphates or other sudsing agents that are harmful to the environment). Based on scouring the web for recipes along with my old liquid recipe, here is the recipe I have used for the past week with great results and it requires just 3 ingredients:
Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent Recipe
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1 bar fels-naptha laundry soap (some people say you can use ivory or ZOTE but I have had good luck with fels-naptha with my liquid soap so I am going to stay with what I know works).
- Optional, 5 drop of lavender essential oil (this is optional but I love how lavender has some disinfecting qualities and smells wonderful!)
- Grater or Food Processor with grating blade
- Food Processor with “s” blade or blender (if you do not own either of these, see the note below at the end of the instructions)
- Measuring Cup
- 1 Tbsp for small loads
- 2 Tbsp for regular loads
- 3 Tbsp for heavy loads
- If you don’t own a blender or food processor, unwrap your soap and allow it to dry out for a couple of weeks. If your soap is dry, it will be much more powdery when you grate it and much easier to incorporate into your mix of borax and washing soda.
- You will have a lot of borax and washing soda leftover. These are both great general cleaning agents for other uses and you can use borax to make flubber! I pulled my borax and soda off my shelf so I do not have a cost. I will add that later.