• “How To” DIY: Powdered Laundry Detergent… Hot Weather Approved

    by  • July 11, 2012 • DIY Projects, Healthy Home • 9 Comments

    OK, last year I was so excited to show you how to make your own liquid laundry detergent… remember?

    Well, it has been way too hot to turn on the stove… melt down soap shavings… and muscle gallons of almost boiling water. But what is a girl to do when you run out of lovely, homemade laundry soap and you have a monster pile of laundry chasing you down the hall?

    Here is where the brilliant idea of powdered laundry detergent comes into play! {to those of you who knew better already… shhhhh! Let me revel in my amazing discovery 😉 }

    Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent

    What you will need:

    • 1 bar of Zote soap, grated (or 2 bars of Fels Naptha, Castile, or other bar soap) {I prefer bar soaps designed for washing laundry, not bodies}
    • 3 cups Borax
    • 3 cups Washing Soda {not to be confused with baking soda}


    Grate your soap bar. Measure out your powdered ingredients. Mix all three ingredients in a large bowl. Once well blended, pour into storage container. Use 1 tablespoon for small-medium loads and 2 tablespoons for large or dirty loads!

    DIY Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent #hotweatherapproved

    Okay… would someone please tell me why I waited so long to try powdered laundry detergent? Hahaha! How easy was that?!

    So. Much. Cooler (literally). Than. Liquid!

    I found that it cleans just as good, if not better than the liquid detergent I had been making. It does cost a smidge more, but I figured it evened out when I considered I wasn’t  spending $$ using the gas stove to heat/melt the soap AND I wasn’t heating up the house so the A/C kicked on again. Plus, it’s still cheaper and healthier than commercial laundry soap.

    Tip: I use one of my hunk’s old protein containers with the scoop. It worked out wonderfully for my detergent… And if, God forbid, he should ever have to run a load of laundry, his hand will fit into the container – proof, he stuck his hand in there to scoop out his protein powder 😉

    Need some more natural laundry tips? Check out this post!

    So, tell me… what type of laundry detergent have you been using? What worked for the hot days in summer?


    Jasmine is a God-fearing, always-learning, stay-at-home-wife to the best husband in the world! In the past couple of years, her new found loves have become herbal fix ‘ems and things “all natural”! She is continually learning to slow down, enjoying the important, simple things in life…like naturally taking care of her home, husband and health. She really enjoys creating things “home-made” and showing others how to do the same! You can also connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.


    9 Responses to “How To” DIY: Powdered Laundry Detergent… Hot Weather Approved

    1. Stephanie
      July 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      I love that yo say, “Hunk” {giggle} But seriously, I am going to try this. I have seen the liquid recipe floating around and I did try that one with failed results. I’m wondering if you could add essential oils for a different scent than the Zote? Thanks for sharing!

      • July 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm

        Stephanie… yes! Absolutely add essential oils. You could go crazy with different essential oil combos. You could also add the essential oils to the rinse cycle. :)
        p.s. I giggle too when I say “hunk”!

    2. July 12, 2012 at 7:10 am

      I make the liquid type detergent and am wondering if this powdered type would be compatible with my HE washer? Any idea? :)

      • July 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm

        Mrs. Z… I don’t see why you couldn’t use this in an HE washer. It is low sudsing, low residue. Just make sure you use the smallest soap shreds you can get. :)

        • Wes
          June 21, 2013 at 2:56 pm

          My sister makes the powder laundry detergent but she uses her Vitamix to blend it up and she loves it. Anyway, it is HE friendly.

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    4. Alesha
      June 23, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      Silly question…
      One to two tablespoons for a regular machine right? I have three kids it just doesn’t seem like enough haha.
      Thank you.

      • June 25, 2014 at 5:34 pm

        Alesha…Yes! Haha, I know it doesn’t seem like much, but if you add too much you will end up with a soapy reside/build-up.

        • Alesha
          June 25, 2014 at 5:44 pm

          Thank you for getting back to me~ I’ll give it a try! We do lots of laundry around here. Anything more natural and less expensive is wonderful.

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