Friday, September 21, 2012

It works! Homemade Laundry Powder!

And what do you think Sacha and I do when we're not cleaning, listing, flea marketing, 
listing more, and just plain working?

We play of course!

 I found a recipe for homemade laundry soap and being as that we have to wash everything that comes through our doors, anything to save some money I'm going to give a try!

Of course I was skeptical. I've been using Tide since my Mom used it on my clothes and I'm 53.
So getting me to use something else was going to be impressive!

And as soon as I remember WHERE I found this on the internet, I'll link back to it.
Not that I stayed with the original recipe or anything..but still...


I tried the grating method on my first batch. It works like a charm in the washing machine.
I hand wash and soak a lot of linens,
so my next batch I put in the food processor and ground it small.
Love it!

Found it!  Being Creative 
This was the original recipe:

1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz) found in the detergent isle

1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg) found in the cooking isle

1  box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz) found in the detergent isle

3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, found in the detergent isle (if you use Zote bars use 2 bars instead, Zote can be found at Home Depot)

2 small containers of Oxy Clean or store brand Oxy Clean (try to get about 3.5 lbs total (1.58 kg)) found in the detergent isle.
(this is optional, I added it into mine because I have pretty messy kids and the cleaner the better)

You should be able to find all of these items at your grocery store.

**Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load. I know that does not seem like enough but this recipe does not have fillers like the store bought detergent so you only need 1-2 Tablespoons.**

My recipe:

And yay! I found a new use for my pink depression glass cookie jar!

I left out the oxy clean and used the baking soda, laundry powder, and Borax.

I used the 3 bars of Fels-naptha. 1.00 each at walmart!

Put a bar of Dr. Brommers Lavender Castile soap in for the smell good factor.

And next time I'll try some Kirks Castile soap.  .99 a bar off the internet.

Mixed it all up in a 5 gallon bucket and I've used most of my first batch and have never looked back! So long Tide!!!


  1. It's so fullfilling to make and use your own laundry detergent. Every time you get to use it, it's a smiling moment. Not to be obtained with store-bought detergents, in my humble opinion.

    I so want your pink cookie jar, by the way!

  2. I have a green one too... ♥♥♥

  3. When I was younger, my family made all our soap. It definitely was not done this way. It was lye soap.

    1. I've made lye soap too! I used to sell it in our general store. That stuff was so strong, wasn't it?

      Thank for coming by! Feel free to share your lye soap recipe and story with me! It would be fun to feature that in a blog post!


  4. I have to remember this recipe! Very cool! My grandfather made lye soap! I remember it well as a kid! Such a grand memory on a beautiful Saturday! Thanks for the share!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and saying Hello! :)

      I was really amazed that I like this as well as tide. I've been getting more and more sensitive to smells and I love the clean smell of this.

      Please share you lye soap memories with me! I would love to feature that in a blog post. It's been years since I made lye soap, makes my eyes burn just thinking about it. LOL


  5. I've always wanted to make some of this! Thanks for the recipe! I love your pretty containers and your STYLE!

    1. So glad you came by our blog and said hello! It really is amazing how much I love this. I was surprised! Brenda

  6. Sacha Brenda,
    Great laundry soap recipe. I may have to try a powder one at some point. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

    1. Thank you Debi! So happy you came by and said Hello! We'll check out the other party.


  7. Sacha-Brenda,
    Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above