How to Make a homemade powder Laundry Detergent recipe using only 3 ingredients! An easy DIY craft tutorial idea that works great!
There are some things that I just hate buying and laundry detergent is one of them. I see why we need it, clean clothes are a good thing, but it is so stinking expensive! About a year ago I started researching homemade laundry detergents and there are quite a few of them out there. Powdered detergents have always been my favorite because I think they are easier to store. I have tried a couple of variations and finally settled on this concoction and it is my favorite.
Supplies Used: Some links may be too similar items when exact items couldn’t be found online.
How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent
A food processor is the easiest way to grate the Pink Zote Soap but you can go the old-fashioned way and use your muscles and a steel grater. Instead of grating the entire bar at once, I found it easier to cut the soap into 4 pieces. The smaller pieces make it easier to handle, plus it is also the perfect size to guide into the food possessor.
It grates very nicely. Pink Zote Soap is a pretty soft soap so it grates pretty easily.
Isn’t it pretty! It reminds me of cotton candy. BUT DON’T EAT IT, IT IS STILL SOAP!!
To combine, put the chop-chop (technical term) tool in the food processor and combine 1 Cup of each the Borax, Washing Soda and the grated Zote soap and mix and chop. It will look like this when it is done. Isn’t it pretty? If you don’t have a food processor you can simply stir by hand.
Pour into your storage container and you are good to go. I used an Utz Cheese Balls plastic container with a screw on lid and I think it works perfectly. Plus, I love that I can see the pretty detergent inside the container.
The scoop I use is from an old oxy clean bucket, I would say it is about a 1/8 of a cup. I have a front loading HE Washing Machine and it works great. In my experience, it does not produce a lot of suds so I feel completely comfortable using it. I have tried putting it right into the laundry and using the detergent tray and I don’t think it really matters.
This batch of laundry soap will last me about 3-4 months and that is about 4-6 loads a week. A $15 box of Tide would only last me about a month. So win-win for me!
What is your experience with homemade laundry detergent? Do you love it or hate it? Share and leave a comment below!
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*This is an updated post, I no longer make my own laundry detergent. When I did, this was my favorite recipe by far!