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It’s easy to make your own laundry detergent, plus the cost of making your own detergent is about a tenth the price of using store-bought laundry detergent. Also, you can make a laundry detergent that is free of dyes and perfumes.

Powder Laundry Detergent recipe courtesy of DIYNatural.

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1 bar of Kirk's Original Fresh Scent or Fragrance Free Bar Soap
1 cup of Washing Soda also known as Sodium carbonate sold in laundry section
½ cup Borax sold in laundry section

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Grate the bar of soap with a cheese or vegetable grater or gently hammer the bar while it is in its original wrapper on a hard surface like cement to create small pieces.
Process the small pieces of soap, washing soda and borax together in a food processor or blender until it is well mixed. Avoid breathing in the dust produced from mixing.
Store your laundry detergent powder in an airtight container.
Use 1-2 tablespoon of homemade laundry detergent per load of laundry.


Top Loaders Machine: Add laundry soap while the machine fills with water.
Front Load Washing Machine: Mix the amount per load with a cup of warm water. This will allow your mixture to come into contact with all your laundry.
This powered recipe is great for High Efficiency washers because it is very low sudsing.
It is important that you grate the bar soap very finely for HE washers.
Add a small amount (1/3 cup) of Oxi Clean into the powder mixture for added whitening power.