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DIY {Powder} Laundry Detergent

In 2009 I started couponing and have been super hooked on it ever since. Recently, there’s been a huge DIY trend in the frugal living world, but I never really hopped on that train– until now!

It all started when I began to make my daughter’s baby food. That went really well for me and I really saw the savings in that category, so I decided to try my hand at saving in the laundry room…and make my own laundry soap!

I ran to the store for my DIY powder detergent and got all my ingredients and this is how I made it.

For this recipe you’ll need:

A box of Borax

A box of Super Washing Soda

A bar of Fels Naptha Laundry Soap

First, grate the Fels Naptha into a medium/large bowl. I just used my cheese grater since it’s only soap and it will wash off easily.

Then, take a cup of Borax and a cup of the Super Washing Soda and pour it into the bowl with the grated Fels.

You can then mix it all together with a spoon, or go a step further like I did and blend it in a blender.

If you blend it, it makes the Fels Naptha a fine powder and blends with the other ingredients easily.

I then poured my newly made detergent into a large canning jar using a funnel. If you double or triple the recipe,I suggest you use a bigger container with a lid.

I also made a label for my detergent using scrap paper, a pencil, marker and scissors.

Take the top of your canning lid and trace it with a pencil. Before you cut it out, be sure to label your awesome homemade detergent! I also added the month and year that I made it. I think this is good to know, especially if you decide to make enough to stock up.

Once you have your label cut out, tape it to the top of the lid. I wouldn’t suggest gluing it since you will be switching it out in the future anyway!

After I completed all of that I took a piece of long ribbon and tied a tablespoon to the jar. If you do this, make sure you leave enough slack to get the spoon all the way to the bottom of the jar. Feel free to skip this step, but I did it so I didn’t lose the spoon!

I do have a bad habit of losing things, you know. ­čśë

Update: I’ve been using this detergent for a few weeks now, and I must say that I love it! Not only does it make my house smell fresh and clean, but it really does clean my clothes! I have had no issues with it. When I run out I am going to make the liquid detergent to see how it compares. I will of course share that with you in a future blog post!

Also, the cost of making this versus the store bought is just amazing! I made this at a fraction of the cost of buying pre made detergent at the store. Once I have my husband crunch some numbers for me, I’ll be sure to share it with you!

Happy DIY’ing!

Hey! Meet Vanessa

A foodie, crafty, homeschooling mom of 3, who loves her Happy Planner and all things Mid Century Modern!


A foodie, crafty, homeschooling mom of 3, who loves her Happy Planner and all things Mid Century Modern!

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  1. I add a cup of the oxy cleaner stuff as well… great stuff!!

    1. The Rookie Seamstress says:

      Great idea!!

  2. Chantelken says:

    How much do you use per load? I’ve read similar recipes and they suggest 2 Tablespoons.

    1. Vanessa says:

      You’re correct– It’s 2 tablespoons! All of my photos for this post have disappeared and it had that information on there– I apologize! Looks like I need to fix this post! Thanks for taking a look!

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