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Powder Laundry Detergent

It’s easy to make your own laundry detergent, and it costs about one-tenth the price of store-bought brands. Plus, when you make it yourself, you can create a detergent that’s free of dyes and perfumes, which is great for sensitive skin.


1 Kirk’s Fragrance Free or Original Fresh Scent bar soap

1 cup washing soda

1 cup Ecos Oxo Brite

1/2 cup kosher salt


  1. Working in a well-ventilated area, cut the bar soap into chunks.
  2. Fit a shredding blade in a food processor. Add soap chunks and process.
  3. Fit the food processor with a chopping blade. Add remaining ingredients.
  4. Process to a very fine powder.
  5. Store in a container with a tight-fitting lid.

Makes 3 cups.

DIY Laundry Powder

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additional tips

Add 2 tablespoons per load to top- or front-loading high-efficiency (HE) washers. Use 1/4 cup for regular top-loading washers. Adjust the amount based on your laundry needs. Pretreat stains.

Add 1/2 cup distilled vinegar to the rinse cycle or in the fabric softener compartment.

Add drops of essential oils, such as lemon or lavender, to wool dryer balls or a clean cloth in the dryer, if desired.

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