I have been using homemade liquid laundry soap for quite some time now and I absolutely love it. In fact, I am keeping my sister and my mother stocked up on laundry detergent too! But I have been interested in testing out some of the Powdered Laundry Detergent Pins I see on Pinterest. Here is the one I chose to test:
Ingredients for Powdered Laundry Detergent:
1 Bar of Soap (Fels Naptha can be found at Walmart for a dollar a bar in the laundry detergent aisle)
2 Cups of Borax Laundry Booster
2 Cups of Washing Soda
1 Cup of Baking Soda
3 Lb Tub of Oxi Clean (optional)
Essential Oil for scent (optional)
Those are the basic ingredients by nearly every powdered laundry detergent recipe on Pinterest. However, they all vary greatly in the ratio of how much of each product is used.
Grate the bar of soap as finely as you can. Although I used Fels Naptha soap you can use any soap as long as it is not a beauty bar (something like oil of olay would not work). Common alternatives are Ivory Soap, Zote and Kirk’s original coco Castile.
Once the soap has been turned into a powder then simply mix it up with the rest of the ingredients.
You can add essential oil if you would your homemade powdered laundry soap to be scented. I used around 10 drops of lavender essential oil.
Keep your powdered detergent in a sealed container.
This recipe says to use 2 tablespoons per load and should yield at least 64 washes.
My Thoughts on this Powdered Laundry Detergent
First. The original recipe says the powdered laundry detergent can be used in any temperature of water. However, when I tested it in cold water the powder turned into chunks that would not dissolve.
I tested out each of the ingredients to determine if it was just one of them causing the clumping. As it turns out all of the ingredients dissolved well in the cold water except the oxy clean. So, if you plan to make homemade powdered detergent and use cold water then don’t add the oxy clean and you should be just fine.
Second. I added the lavendar essential oil and the powder smells great but the clothes don’t smell like lavender They smell fresh and clean. But essential oil is not cheap, so I would be hesitant about spending too much just for your laundry soap. I will try adding more than 10 drops in my next batch.
Third. Compared to liquid laundry detergent this is a lot more expensive. The same ingredients above can go into liquid detergent and make as much as 10 gallons of soap- lasting me at least 3 months (I keep mine a little more concentrated yielding more like 8 gallons). While this powdered detergent has lasted me 4 weeks so far and it seems I have enough to last another 2-3 weeks. So I am getting half as much use out of the same amount of ingredients.
However, the soap works amazingly!! I cannot believe how fresh and soft my clothes are. I thought I loved the liquid but I am IN LOVE with the powdered! I think the fact my clothes are brighter, fresher and softer is enough to win me over.
Can this be used in HE Machines?
This is a low-sudsing soap, making it safe for HE laundry machines.
Is Powdered Detergent bad for my laundry machine or septic system?
Many commercial powdered soaps use clay and filler agents that can clog up septic tanks. This homemade powdered detergent is free from clay and filling agents and should be perfectly healthy to use when you have a septic tank system.
This has been Pin-Tested and Pin Proven!
Oh! and guess what!? If you love that label on my powdered laundry detergent jar then you will love that I made you a free printable! You are welcome!