Laundry Detergent (Powder)

Category: Home Cleansers

Number of Loads per Recipe: 26+
Approximate Initial Investment: $20 to be amortized over multi batches.


1 Bar Fels Naptha Soap (Finely grated) or 2 cups Simple Soap (Ivory, Zote, etc.)
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax


• Wearing gloves, mix together all of the ingredients and store in an airtight plastic container.

• Use 2 tablespoons of powder per load of laundry.

• Dilute powder in water before adding clothes.


1. The soap is used for pretreating greasy, oily stains like perspiration and ring-around-the collar.

2. Washing Soda (aka Sodium Carbonate or Soda Ash) has many uses but in laundry detergent it is responsible for the removal of oil, grease and stains.

3 . Borax (aka Sodium Borate) is responsible for removing stains and brightening your laundry. It's a great laundry booster!

CAUTION: Fels-Naptha soap may cause skin and eye irritation from the Stoddard solvent it contains. For more information on this product, contact the Dial Corporation or the NIH/MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet).


If you can't find Washing Soda in the supermarket laundry detergent aisle, stop by your local pool supply store and pick up a container of Sodium Carbonate or Soda Ash.

Check out your local hardware store to purchase Fels Naptha Soap. If they don't have it in stock or do not carry it, you may order it online.

In addition, since I have been making my own detergent for years, I will tell you that my clothes began to look a tad dingy, even though they were clean. I now add 1 tablespoon of Pyrex Laundry detergent (the cheapest of all the liquid store-bought detergents) to each load. It gives my clothes a nice boost in appearance and smell and is still a fraction of the cost of store-bought laundry detergents.

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