A favorite pastime of mine is figuring out how I can effectively cut costs in my home while maintaining our quality of life…maybe that is a lame pastime, but our home and bank account love it! One way that I am able to save a few dollars is by making my own Homemade Laundry Powder. It is a very simple & customizable process that can save you a ton of money over time.
Homemade Laundry Powder Ingredients:
- 1 cup Super Washing Soda– detergent booster and stain fighter
- 1 cup Baking Soda– deodorizer, pH balancer, stain fighter
- 1/2 Bar Soap– cleanser and stain remover
- 10 Drops of Essential Oil – deodorizer and germ killer
- I like to use Lemon & Tea Tree Oils (5 drops each)
- *1 cup of OxiClean– stain remover
- can be added for stain treatment if you wish, but I usually leave that out. I keep a little SunOxy (generic OxyClean) for loads that are very heavily soiled. You can even make your own Oxygen booster by putting equal parts of peroxide and washing soda directly on stains to pretreat.
- *Borax and Epsom Salt
- I do not use either of these, but they can be added to your laundry powder if you choose to use them.
- Measure the Baking Soda and Washing Soda out and place them into your container… I like to use a large glass jar to hold my homemade laundry powder.
- Grate the 1/2 bar of soap finely so that it dissolves well. You can use a Grater or a Mandoline for this step.
- Add the essential oils into the powder mix. I suggest using Tea Tree oil mixed with any other oil that has a scent you fancy 🙂
- Use a Stick Blender or a Food Processor to mix all of the ingredients until they are combined well and the soap pieces are almost powdered.
- You only have to use 2 TBSP per load of laundry!
- Add 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar in the rinse compartment to help lift salt deposits from clothing.
- You can use wool dryer balls with a couple drops of essential oil as a fabric softener.
These Fair Trade Dryer Balls are so stinkin’ precious!
Homemade Laundry Powder $Price$ Breakdown:
- Washing Soda– $3.81/box=7 batches….$0.54/batch
- Baking soda– $2.35/box=8 batches….$0.29/batch
- Soap– $0.50
- Essential oil– $0.15
- TOTAL= $1.48/batch
This recipe makes enough powder for 16 loads so $1.48/16= about $0.09/load!!! Compare that to $0.20/load with Tide HE Turbo Powder!
You can view the video tutorial on my Youtube channel!
Have you ever tried to make your own homemade laundry powder?
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