Powdered Laundry Detergent

One of the most popular posts on this blog is my Homemade Laundry Detergent. It is so popular because you can wash laundry for the cost of about $1.06 per 64 loads of laundry.

Well, you have to make that soap ahead of time and let it gel up overnight.  Which is cool when you’re paying attention.  Not so cool when you lose track of how little soap is in the bottom of the container. <ahem>


20-Mule Team Borax, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap.

I found all of the items at Kroger and at Wal-Mart.  Our Wal-Mart even had a big display of the ingredients – so apparently, homemade laundry soap is all the rage.

I paid $1.29 for the soap, $3.30 for the Borax, and $2.79 for the washing soda.  Note, this is not baking soda.

There are 10 ounces of washing soda in each batch of laundry detergent – so, a 55 ounce box will make you 5.5 batches.  Which means that I paid $0.50 for washing soda for one batch of detergent.

There are 7 ounces of Borax in each batch of laundry detergent – so, a 76-ounce box will give you just over 10 batches.  Which means I paid about $0.33 for Borax for one batch of detergent.

Each bar will make 1 batch.

This batch will wash 64 regular loads of laundry, or 128 HE loads.  In total, I paid $2.17 for a batch to wash 64 regular loads of laundry.


Even at double the cost of the liquid laundry detergent, that is a serious saving of $0.03 per load.

All you do is grate the soap.

grate soap

Then mix it with one cup each of the Borax and the Washing Soda. I put it in a gallon ziplock bag and rub it all together to help break the soap up even more.

I store mine in a mason jar with a Recap Lid because then I can just pour it into the Tablespoon very easily.

powdered laundry soappowdered laundry soap recap lid

powdered laundry soap2

Use 1 Tablespoon per load.


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