Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder

Making homemade laundry detergent powder is an easy way to begin a natural switch to laundry care. This recipe, made with baking soda, but without borax and bar soap is the best I have used.

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Why Switch to Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder?

Switching over to natural a laundry detergent has many benefits. Conventional laundry detergents are loaded with harsh chemicals, fragrances, additives and artificial colors. I recently shared my recipe for Homemade Laundry Scent Booster, and now here is the recipe for laundry detergent.

Most conventional laundry detergents leave a chemical residue on your clothing. Toxic chemicals have been known to cause health problems such as skin and eye irritation, and rashes. For our family, switching to an all natural laundry detergent means using products that are free of dyes and harsh chemicals.

Thankfully, making homemade laundry detergent is a very simple process and only takes three ingredients.

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Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder Ingredients

This easy recipe for homemade laundry detergent gets an A rating on the Environmental Working Group Healthy Cleaning scale. These are the ingredients I use for a frugal living, natural cleaning detergent.

Washing Soda

Washing soda is sodium carbonate which is a naturally occurring mineral. It is very effective at deep cleaning clothes, removing grease and stains. Washing soda is used in many commercial laundry detergents to treat hard water and remove stubborn stains.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is made up of sodium bicarbonate. It is used to neutralize odor causing acids, and breaks down stains It also helps soften the water to help the detergent work more effectively.

Rock Salt

Rock salt, also known as ice cream salt, is sodium chloride. Salt helps to remove stains, and maintain bright colors. One of the most drastic changes I have noticed is how much rock salt softens the laundry.

Many homemade laundry detergent recipes call for epsom salt. I do not use it in my all natural laundry care routine. Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate and increases the magnesium in the water, making the water harder.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are excellent at deodorizing, are antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial. Oils add a great all natural scent without the worry of harsh toxic chemicals.

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Essential Oil Blends for Laundry

I am a Young Living essential oil user. If you are interested in more information you can visit my page.

Fresh Citrus

Lemon + Grapefruit + Orange + Tangerine + Mandarin + Spearmint

Wild orange + Tangerine + Bergamont

Freshly Clean

Cedarwood + Lemongrass + Grapefruit

Rosemary + Orange

Peppermint + Orange

Rosemary + Peppermint

Eucalyptus + Spearming

Lemon + Tea Tree

Rosemary + Peppermint + Lemon

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What You Need to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

Step 1: Mix Rock Salt and Essential Oils

In a large glass jar combine 1 1/2 cup rock salt with your choice of essential oils. Stir to combine. All the essentials oils and rock salt to dry for 15-20 minutes. Stir again.

Step 2: Add Washing Soda | Baking Soda

In the same large glass jar, add the washing soda and baking soda. If you have a tight fitting lid, shake the jar to combine all ingredients.

Step 3: Store | Use

Store homemade laundry detergent in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. To use, add 3-4 tbsp to the washer, add laundry and wash.

Low Waste Natural Laundry Powder

Natural Laundry Care Posts

As our family continues to transition to an all natural, low waste, sustainable laundry routine, I will be sharing more posts on this subject.

Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder

Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder

Yield: 10.5 cups
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Making your own homemade laundry detergent powder is an easy way to begin a natural switch to laundry care. This recipe, made with baking soda but without borax and bar soap is the best I have used.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup rock salt
  • 4 1/2 cups washing soda
  • 4 1/2 cups baking soda
  • 50-60 drops essential oils

Instructions

Step 1: Mix Rock Salt and Essential Oil

In a large glass jar combine 1 1/2 cup rock salt with your choice of essential oils. Stir to combine. All the essentials oils and rock salt to dry for 15-20 minutes. Stir again.

Step 2: Add Washing Soda | Baking Soda

In the same large glass jar, add the washing soda and baking soda. If you have a tight fitting lid, shake the jar to combine all ingredients.

Step 3: Store | Use

Store homemade laundry detergent in a glass jar with a tight fitting
lid. To use, add 3-4 tbsp to the washer, add laundry and wash.

Natural Laundry Care

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11 thoughts on “Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder”

  1. This sounds like a good recipe and can’t wait to try it, i hang some of my clothes out to dry in the warmer seasons, i love the way they smell from the fresh air. Thank you so much it will be enjoyed.

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve been wanting to make my own laundry detergent for some time. I can’t wait to give this a try!

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  3. I have started using homemade laundry soap. I tried it with Borax, didn’t like it. I am going to try it with rock salt.

    I have been following you for several years. I am starting on the faux fireplace. Do you have a tutorial about your open shelves? I live n a mobile home too. I wasn’t sure if the walls/shelves would hold up to much weight.

    Thanks!

    -Becky

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    • I don’t have a tutorial for those. The walls will hold the weight as long as they are in a stud. I have hung heavy things on our walls!

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  4. Hello there ? Just wanted to be sure this is safe for my HE washer! I’m assuming I just add it to the tub instead of the detergent dispenser? Thank you!!

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      • I can only say what works for me but I have an older HE machine that I have used this product in. I put it directly into the washing tub and haven’t had issues. But, always follow what you feel is best and the recommendations from the machine you have. 🙂

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  5. I am so glad that I found your blog! I am going to try several of your recipes . I’m wondering where do you buy most of your ingredients? Do you shop at an organic store?

    Thanks for all the inspiration!

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    • Yes, I shop at a health food store and I also order from Azure Standard. They have a lot of healthy organic foods, spices and herbs.

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