Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe
Homemade laundry detergent

Homemade Powder Laundry Detergent Recipe

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This laundry detergent recipe not only saves me money, but it really cleans! I have all boys and they are very messy and stinky! Most of the time I use 1 TBSP of detergent for the loads.

You can add 1/4 cup of vinegar into the wash to help soften the clothes. If you feel like the loads are super heavy or large you can add an extra TBSP to the load. I also find it helpful to add some baking soda when washing my cleaning rags. I primarily use vinegar to clean most things, but they tend to stink after washing, but adding some baking soda helps to take that away.

Laundry Detergent Recipe

NOTICE: If you have an HE washer, you’ll have to consult the manual or the company whether to use a homemade detergent in your machine.


  • 1 cup Super Washing Soda
  • 1 cup Baking Soda *Optional – I just started adding this in the last batch. I am enjoying having baking soda in this recent batch of detergent. The clothes are much softer, and smell even fresher!


  1. Cut the soap bars into cubes. Then place it into a food processor.
  2. I like to add the 1 cup of borax and chop and mix until the soap is mostly a powder consistency.
  3. Then, add in the washing soda, and mix again for a few minutes.
  4. Find a cool container to place it in and you are all done.
  5. 1 TBSP per load and 2 TBSP for extra heavy or large loads.

Add 1/4 cup of vinegar to the wash to soften your items. I like to reuse things when I can so, I’m using these boxes that my dishwasher detergent tabs come in. I tried making my own dishwasher detergent but it didn’t work very well. I am still searching for a recipe that will work in my dishwasher and also in high humidity. If I figure it out I will most definitely share with you all!

Where can you find these ingredients?

You can find all of these items in some grocery stores on the same aisle as the detergents! Some stores don’t carry them, you may have to look around at a couple of stores or ask your favorite store to start stocking or special order the items. Or you can order them on Amazon!



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4 thoughts on “Homemade Powder Laundry Detergent Recipe”

  1. I absolutely LOVE your laundry detergent recipe! After trying several, this one is the winner!!

    Any luck with the dishwasher detergent?

    Thanks for all you share.

    1. Wonderful, thank you! I like the simplicity of this recipe. It’s easy to remember too. I don’t have to print out my recipe because I remember it off the top of my head.

      I only tried to make dishwasher detergent once and it failed. I haven’t tried it again, sorry. I should though, it would be nice to have homemade stuff!

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