Quick and Easy Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent

I used Amway’s SA8 laundry detergent for years and love it , but I let my membership lapse and I eventually ran out, not having  money to renew.

We tried many brands but were disappointed in ALL (including supposedly “concentrated” ones). Then I heard about homemade laundry detergent and figured I couldn’t do worse! I decided against liquid form because I read it had a limited shelf life, and found dry detergent recipes quite simple:

  • 1 bar (or 4.5 ounces) bar soap (Ivory, ZOTE, Fels-Naptha, etc.)
  • 1 cup of washing soda
  • 1 cup of borax

My first attempt was not encouraging. Hand grating was time-consuming (and risky for fingers!) and the soap wasn’t fine enough, but it was successful enough that I streamlined and improved the method.


Cut 4.5 oz of bar soap (I used half a ZOTE bar per batch) into a size just small enough to fit the neck of a food processor.

1 – Grated soap using grater attachment

2 – Change to regular blade. Add 1 C. Washing Soda (prevents soap gumming onto blades).

3- Add back soap.

4 – 1 cup Borax on top.

5 – Process until fine. Stir and process finer.

6 – Put in airtight container. Done!

This is truly concentrated so use 1 Tablespoon per average load, or 2 Tablespoons (a standard coffee scoop) for larger or more heavily soiled loads.

I’ve read that each batch yields approximately 32 ounces (between 32-64 loads based on how many Tbsp used per load), but I haven’t measured or counted.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

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    • Lloyd's of Rochester
      Sep 30, 2013 @ 18:03:44

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