One of my favorite pastimes is figuring out how I can effectively cut costs in my home while maintaining our quaity of life…maybe that is a lame pastime, but our home and bank account love it! We save money by meal planning, using rebate apps, utilizing a cash envelope system, budgeting every penny that comes into our account, second-hand shopping, cutting expenses like cable, gardening, and the list goes on. One additional way that I am able to save a few dollars is by making my own household cleaning supplies. Homemade Laundry Powder is one of the supplies that like to make on my own when I need to cut our budget down. It is a very simple and customizable process that can save you a ton of money over time.
Making your own laundry powder is also a great way to detoxify your home. If you are making your own products then you know what you are putting into your home and onto your family member’s bodies and you can avoid ingredients that irritate your family or harm the environment.
Homemade Laundry Powder Recipe
Homemade Laundry Powder is a highly debated topic in the homemaking world. Some people love it and other people hate it. I have never had issues using this recipe and I enjoy using it… You can try it for yourself to decide if it will work for your family or not.
- 1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
- Super Washing Soda acts as a detergent booster as well as a stain fighter.
- 1 cup Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
- Baking Soda deodorizes, balances pH, and fights stains.
- 1/2 Bar Soap
- Soap works to cleanse and remove stains from your clothing.
- I have been using Fels Naptha bar soap this time because I had some left over from another project, but you could use Castile, Zote, Ivory, or a homemade soap. I have heard the best reviews about Castile soap and Ivory soap, but I haven’t personally used those in my recipes yet.
- 10 Drops of Essential Oil
- I like to use Lemon and Tea Tree Essential Oils to deodorize and to act as antibacterial & anti fungal agents. Sometimes I also add Lavender for a floral scent. (5 drops each)
- *1 cup of OxiClean
- OxiClean is a great stain remover, but this ingredient is an optional one.
- It can be added for stain treatment if you wish, but I usually leave that out. I keep a little SunOxy (a generic OxiClean) 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 Kosher Salt
- Borax increases the stain-fighting power of your laundry powder. Kosher salt can break down hard water deposits and soften your clothing. Do not use Epsom salts because they will make your water harder. I do not typically use either of these, but they can be added to your homemade laundry powder if you choose to use them.
Step 1: Measure the Ingredients
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. Choose a container that has a wide mouth so you can easily scoop your powder out.
Step 2: Grate the Soap
Step 3: Add the Essential Oils
Now you can 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. As I mentioned earlier, I use Tea Tre, Lavender, and Lemon Essential Oils.
Step 4: Mix it all up
Step 5: Add to Laundry
You only need to use 2 TBSP of this homemade laundry powder per load of laundry! I usually only use 1 TBSP for lightly soiled loads and 2 TBSP for a heavily soiled load.
You can also add 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar in the rinse compartment to help lift salt deposits and soften your clothing if you chose to forgo the kosher salt. Wool dryer balls with a couple drops of essential oil are also a great option for softening fabric..
These Fair Trade Wool Dryer Balls are so stinkin’ precious and since they are Fair Trade, you can feel good about where they come from.
Homemade Laundry Powder Price Breakdown:
- Washing Soda– One box costs $3.81 and that is enough for seven batches. That comes out to $0.54/batch for the washing soda.
- Baking soda– One box of baking soda is $2.35 and you can get eight batches out of that. So that cost is $0.29/batch.
- Soap– One bar of soap is about $1 depending on the brand so 1/2 a bar would be $0.50.
- Essential oil– about $0.15/10 drops
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!
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