Homemade 5-Minute Powder Laundry Soap

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No seriously, this powder laundry soap takes only 5 minutes to make! So easy and so awesome!

Today was going to be a shaving cream day, but after a good cup of coffee, a few minutes in the carline, and a quiet drive home, I had a lightbulb ingredient moment. This means I scratched my plans to share my homemade shaving cream recipe, just for today. I promise, it will be up next week, but I think this one ingredient could be an awesome addition. One more week!

In the meantime, let’s turn our attention to laundry. Because just like coffee and quiet drives, laundry solves all problems. Or wait, maybe laundry creates all problems? That was the case in our home before I finally created a laundry routine that worked for me. And to be honest, I’ve been slacking on my routine this week.

Before I go way too far off topic, let’s chat about laundry soap.

No seriously, this powder laundry soap takes only 5 minutes to make! So easy and so awesome!

I shared my first ever laundry post on Live Simply back on February 11, 2014. Now that really dates this blog. That’s two whole years ago, which in human years means that first laundry post is now a toddler. But when it comes to blog years (which work the same way as dog years, I believe), that laundry post is a teenager. And if we take this a step further, that’s REALLY REALLY old for a blogpost.

In that two year span of time, hundreds and thousands of people have said “good-bye” to the Tide once and for all (just like I did), and found a new love called, Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap. Today, two years later, I’d like to expand your (laundry) soap-making vocabulary and skills to include a powder laundry soap. But not just any powder soap. Oh no! We’re going to keep this one incredibly simple. In fact, the entire process, from start to finish, only takes about five minutes. Seriously, five whole minutes!

No seriously, this powder laundry soap takes only 5 minutes to make! So easy and so awesome!

To add to the tell-all nature of today’s post ;), I think it’s important to point out that I’ve never been a powder laundry soap kind of gal. I never had anything against powder laundry soap; it’s just that my mother only used liquid laundry soap, and so, as a result, I decided liquid soap was the route to go.

Because I had a deep love for a certain kind of not-so-natural liquid laundry detergent, I created my infamous liquid laundry soap a fews years into our real food journey, and instantly fell in love. I never once gave a passing thought to the idea of making a powder soap. Plus, there are only a bazillion powder laundry soap recipes on Pinterest.

No seriously, this powder laundry soap takes only 5 minutes to make! So easy and so awesome!

That all changed last year.

I’m not exactly sure what was happening in our life at the time, but I do know that we were going through a busy season. At some point during that busy season, I ran out of my homemade liquid laundry soap. Now, this may surprise some people, but I decided in that moment of busyness to purchase a “more natural” store-bought soap.

Remember my “What to Buy vs. Make” chart? Number three on that chart asks, “What’s the time difference?” At that time, the time difference between making laundry soap and purchasing it from the store was large enough that store-bought won. Dear Mom, please don’t feel like you must make EVERYTHING! There are times when you’ll make homemade mayo, and other times when a cleaner store-bought option is best. There are times when you’ll make laundry soap, and other times when you just need to get to bed at 10pm and purchase soap at the store during your next shopping trip. It’s okay!

No seriously, this powder laundry soap takes only 5 minutes to make! So easy and so awesome!

After purchasing laundry soap for a couple of months, I felt the “itch” to get back to making homemade laundry soap again. Our schedule also slowed down to a normal pace. During this time I also had a few requests from readers for a powder soap, so I decided to use the same ingredients from my liquid soap (castile soap, borax, and washing soda) to create a powder version. And now for the words that I never thought I would say: I loved the powder laundry soap! Big puffy heart love! (Just imagine a big heart emoji there <—)

And now, my friend, without any further ado, let’s talk about this powder laundry soap, and the simple ingredients and recipe that won my heart.

No seriously, this powder laundry soap takes only 5 minutes to make! So easy and so awesome!

Castile Soap (Bars): Castile soap is a concentrated vegetable-based soap made of ingredients you can actually pronounce. This soap is gentle on the skin and effective in the fight against dirt, grease, and unwanted germs. Dr. Bronner’s is a very a popular brand of castile soap. For this recipe, we’re going to use the bar (dry) form of castile soap versus the liquid. The bars and liquid are sold in Target, health food stores, online stores (like Amazon), and even conventional grocery stores.

Washing Soda: Washing soda, also known as sodium carbonate and sold under the Arm & Hammer brand, is highly alkaline which makes it a great cleaner! The high alkaline level allows washing soda to act as a solvent. Washing soda can also be used to fight against hard water, since the washing soda binds to the minerals, which in turn can boost laundry soap’s effectiveness. Washing soda can be found in the laundry section of most grocery stores, or made at home in the oven.

Borax: This white powder, sodium borate, is a natural mineral used in many cleaning recipes. Over the years, some people have expressed concerns that borax isn’t a safe homemade cleaner. I take just the opposite view, especially when you compare super effective borax to most of the main-stream cleaners on the market.

While I feel safe using Borax in my cleaning recipes, I take care to avoid inhaling this ingredient (as you’ll see in this recipe) and keep it away from little hands that may choose to taste-test some of the white powder. The product receives an F according to the EWG for respiration concerns (don’t purposely sniff inside a box of Borax!). I believe this article from Wellness Mama offers valid points to why we shouldn’t throw the Borax out with the box.

Homemade 5-Minute Powder Laundry Soap
4.86 from 7 votes

Homemade 5-Minute Powder Laundry Soap

...let’s talk about this powder laundry soap, and the simple ingredients and recipe that won my heart.

Course Homemade
Cuisine Cleaning
Keyword Powder Laundry Soap
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 56 Loads
Author Kristin Marr



  1. Cut the castile soap bars into small slices or chunks. This step is important to avoid ruining your food processor.
  2. Place the castile soap slices or chunks in a food processor bowl. Pulse the soap on high until the soap resembles large crumbs. Add the washing soda to the food processor. Place a towel over the top of the food processor lid, and pulse for 1 minute. After pulsing, the ingredients should be well combined. If you don’t have a food processor use a cheese grater, and then mix the ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Pour the washing soda and castile soap into a storage container, and stir in the borax. Add the essential oils, if using.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

To Use: For top-loaders, use ⅛ cup. For front-loaders, use 1 tablespoon. Place the soap directly in the washing basin with the clothes, not the laundry soap drawer. 

The “where to buy” links provide links to the actual products I use. As always, I recommend shopping around online and at local stores for the best prices and products you love. Adapted from my book, DIY Natural Cleaning Challenge.

Borax Note: As noted above, I feel safe using borax in my laundry soap. If you’d prefer not to use this ingredient, try subbing out the borax with 2 cups of washing soda. I can’t guarantee the effectiveness of this recipe once the swap has been made, but it’s worth the shot if you have strong feelings against borax.

No seriously, this powder laundry soap takes only 5 minutes to make! So easy and so awesome!

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    1. says: Bethany

      Simply grate the soap bars, it’s not hard once you get the feel of it. My five year old actually loves doing the job of grating the soap bars, it is a rather satisfying job.
      I grate the bars while watching TV or as a fun activity for my child and I to do together maybe while listening to music or an audio book to help distract and get into a meditative rhythm. It goes pretty quickly. It’s very enriching for a small child to help make the detergent his family’s clothes are washed with too. I can see the accomplishment on his face as he realizes he has contributed to the family’s well being. I can imagine a child of any age could enjoy the activity.

    2. says: Kathy

      I grated my soap bar and just stirred it all up. I don’t have a food processor. I’ve read others talk about using a high powered blender. I would just do a little at a time and see how yours handles that.

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Vicki, I have a top-loader, but from our test group for the book, a few people tested this out in a front-loader and were happy with the results. The soap amount is greatly reduced for the front-loader machine.

    1. says: Sheila

      It does! I use HE machines. Just use about half as much- I use about 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons per load, and it seems to do the job.

  1. says: Ronda O'Connor

    Thank you for the printer friendly version. . Also, thank you for actually doing research and testing. I appreciate facts backed by the science and I am on board with a blog that posts their research sources.

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Sandy, I’m not 100% sure about soap flakes as a replacement. If they are anything like castile soap (a concentrated plant-based soap), I think they will work.

      I’ve found the washing soda really needs warm or hot water to fully dissolve in the wash. When I’ve used cold water, the results have been mixed. Sometimes a powder is left behind on some clothes, which I believe is caused by the washing soda (not fully dissolving) and cold water (based on other experiments with washing soda in my kitchen). My liquid laundry soap works very well in cold water: https://livesimply.me/2014/02/11/homemade-liquid-laundry-soap-all-natural-detergent/.

  2. says: Margaret Ann

    hi! I’ve enjoyed reading several of your posts and recipes today. I’ve been using my homemade laundry powder for a year but have found that it doesn’t whiten whites very well. does your recipe brighten? my sister noticed when she started making my recipe, and living on a farm I have come to accept whites not being as bright as (your preciously favorite chemical “T”-word addiction).:/ but of COURSE, I would prefer whiter whites, too!

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Margaret, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog. I’ve been using homemade soap on and off (supplemented at times with a “more natural” store-bought soap) for so long that I can’t really say if the whites are different than my Tide days. One thing I know that really does help is adding hydrogen peroxide to the wash to make an oxi-clean like product. Here’s my recipe: https://livesimply.me/2015/08/13/homemade-oxi-clean-like-laundry-booster/. Another option is to use my bleach alternative when the whites are looking a bit dingy: https://livesimply.me/2015/07/19/homemade-bleach-alternative-3-ingredient-whitening-solution/.

  3. says: Sheila

    I, too, make my own laundry detergent, and I recently switched from liquid to powder. I don’t use Borax in mine, since it really is best in hot water, which I don’t use often, but instead add just a little, as in a teaspoon or so, Rid-X septic tank treatment (the powder kind). The enzymes seem to help lift some of those tougher stains. I also make my own 100% coconut soap specifically for use in laundry, because it is so cleansing. I find I get better results if I grate the soap first, rather than use the food processor. I then put everything in the food processor at once. I put in a few drops of eucalyptus and lavender to deter bedbugs and dust mites and make everything smell fresh. It is really awesome soap, rinses clean, and gets most of the grubby stains out of our clothes. If I need to pre-treat, I confess to using Dawn dish soap (the blue kind), water, and ammonia in equal amounts. Probably not the most environmentally friendly concoction, but I am dealing with serious ground in dirt and grease sometimes, as I have a 13 year old boy and a husband who works in construction and on machinery. I haven’t found anything else that works except Goo-gone, which I no longer use. I actually think the powder does a better job than the liquid!

  4. says: Tanisha

    This sounds great I too have moved from making liquid laundry soap. One day I ran out got too busy and just added in borax, washing soda, and a few drops of sal suds. Now I just add the two powders a cup each together in a glass jar and use 1/4C to my laundry. With the few drops of sal suds works better then any store brand.

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Heather, We have very hard water. The washing soda in this recipe helps to soften the water. You could also add 1-2 cups of kosher salt to the recipe–I’ve done that in the past with good success. The salt also helps to soften the water.

  5. says: Maria

    My husband is a mechanic. Does anyone have any ideas if this or something else will work? I can’t seem to find an alternative to Tide which I want him to stop using. Sigh….

    1. says: Melissa

      I say yes! My husband and I worked as aircraft mechanics where we got covered in jet fuel and oil everyday and I used this soap. 🙂 It’s worth a try for sure!

  6. says: Amy

    I just found your site and LOVE it, so amazing. I have a HE front load washing machine, with this soap should I put it in the detergent spot or place a scoop of it in the drum of the machine. I have only ever used liquid in my front loader so i am not sure where the powder kind would go.


  7. says: Melissa

    I’ve been making my own laundry soap with these ingredients for about 3 yrs now. I just made my 3rd batch using 1 box borax, 1 box washing soda, and 2 bars castile soap and I use a tablespoon per load. The last batch I made in September 2013 so it lasts a long time! I have used this recipe in a top loader, front loader, and at the laundry mat (just this morning!) and have had no problems. I cannot believe I used to pay soooooo much for laundry soap. 🙂

  8. says: Liz

    Hi ladies, awesome information. I am trying to find a good natural laundry soap. I have tried Norwex but it is a bit spendy. Is their any difference in the results between your liquid gel soap and your powder soap? Just trying to decide which to try. We are on a septic tank and I see someone had issues with this – not sure if it would be worse than mainstream detergents to be honest so am willing to give it a whirl 🙂

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Liz, The biggest difference between the dry powder and liquid soap is the way they are used. The dry powder really needs to be used in hot/warm water, and the liquid soap may be used in cold water. The powder soap also has a longer shelf life, since water isn’t involved the process (water can/will breed bacteria over time). Other than those things, it’s just a matter of personal preference.

  9. says: Jane

    Hi Kristin
    Looking to make this laundry powder but concerned about using my blender to mix up the ingredients. I don’t have a food processor – just a Vitamix – will this be ok ? Also concerned that it will wash properly afterwards as I will need to use for food afterwards. Is this recommend ?

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Jane, My only concern with using a blender is with the soap getting stuck at the bottom of the blender. I recommend grating the soap with a cheese grater, and then mixing the ingredients by hand.

  10. says: Megan

    I want to start by saying I LOVE your blog and routinely incorporate your diy recipes in my daily life with personal care and cleaning.

    I loved your liquid laundry soap but thought I’d give this one a try for a longer shelf life. Do you know which of the two recipes are better for your washing machine as I’ve read mixed reviews regarding borax and castile soap in regards to build up in the piping?

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Megan, Thank you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog, and the recipes. I’ve found that both have been fine with our pipes. I use warm/hot water with the powder, so I think that may help keep the pipes from clogging. Since the liquid dissolves the castile and borax ahead of time, cold water is fine. Washing soda can also be a big issue with hardening in cold water, so that’s another reason to use warm/hot water.

      1. says: Megan

        Awesome. thank you for the insight! Can’t wait to make this and the laundry tabs I saw you posted on Facebook and see which I like most! Not a bad thing when you’re looking forward to laundry again haha

  11. says: Carolyn

    Hi Kristin, I am anxious to try the recipe. Are the amounts critical? I’d like to try with a half-batch first, just to make sure it works okay with our machine, water & the hubbs. Thanks!

  12. says: Amanda

    Just found your blog and I love it! I was wondering what your thoughts are on the Castile bars vs. Fels naphtha. I have been making my own laundry powder with washing powder and borax for several years, except I have been using fels naphtha bars. Need to make more soon and I’m trying to decide if I should try the Castile. Thanks for your thoughts!

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Amanda, I’m not very familiar with the ingredients used to make fels naphtha bars, but I am very comfortable with castile soap. Castile soap is definitely what I recommend.

  13. says: Trisia

    5 stars
    I absolutely love the dry laundry soap recipe! I have tried it with the washing soda and it just doesn’t get as clean. I used the lavender essential oil and it smells wonderful.

    I have a front load washer and only use 1 TT for regular loads and 1 1/2T for larger or more soiled loads.

  14. says: Carolyn


    I told you I would let you know how my half-batch turned out. The only word I can use to describe it is “smooth”. It really is a brilliant plan, you know. It’s not that much less expensive than my Biokleen but the laundry just looked & felt nicer. And there were no white flecks on the clothes even though I let the washer swish the detergent about the same amount of time before putting my clothes in.

    This recipe is a definite winner & you were absolutely right, 5 minutes & I was done!

    Thanks a million!

  15. says: Penny

    I made my own laundry detergent several years ago and used it for many years (using fels naphtha instead of castile bars). I have a front loader and during that time, I began to notice a strange smell to my laundry, especially the towels and they all became very, very dingy. Even after using store-bought detergent for the last several years I can not get the smell or color fixed. I rarely, if ever, left the clothes wet in the washer and never let wet items sit in the laundry hamper so I know this is not the problem. I have used vinegar, peroxide, essential oils, etc… to no avail. Has anyone else had these similar issues? I do not want to try the homemade route again with the same results!

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Penny, I would definitely try the castile bars. I’ve found they clean much better than the fels naphtha bars, and they lend a lovely scent to laundry. Another suggestion is to try washing the clothes in hot water and borax to eliminate the current odors.

    2. says: Anna

      I’ve had that even with commercial detergents. I think I had a “cheesy” washer with “green” water saving mode and it just wouldn’t flush/rinse out well due to water conservation. I started to wash a load a week on sanitizing option (extra hot water) when washing towels or whites and the smell went away after a couple months completely.

    3. says: Kathy

      I had that problem with my front loader, especially in the summer. From what I learned some of them hold an amount of water (to keep the gasket wet?). The only thing that worked with me was using bleach to wash out machine.

  16. says: Maria Enns

    Hey Kristen!
    I was curious: I have cloth diapers and am hoping to use a homemade powder detergent on them. I have read (but not experienced) that bar soaps (castile) aren’t ideal for cloth diapering. Have you had experience using this “recipe” on cloth diapers, or do you know someone who has?

      1. says: Maria Enns

        Sounds good. I had already purchased what I needed to make this recipe – and I am so tempted to just try it on my diapers – but don’t want to risk the adverse affects. bah… what to do 🙂 I can say that peppermint essential oil smells amazing when I open my tin!
        Thanks for the quick reply. I follow your blog, and have made the loose powder (make up) and love it! I often suggest friends to check out your diy’s etc. if they are interested in natural and cost-effective alternatives! Cheers!!

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Conny, Borax is the name brand in the States, so you might be able to find it by its scientific name: sodium borate, sodium tetraborate or disodium tetraborate. If not, adding extra washing soda will work, but it won’t provide the same cleaning power.

      1. says: Anna

        I didn’t see anything about this topic, did I miss the update? We have our own septic system as we live in the country, so I want to make sure it’s safe…especially the Castile. It always seems to leave a greasy, waxy film on my sinks when using for hand washing. Thanks for all your input!

  17. says: Sandy Santos

    I made the powder detergent, it was easy and fast to make! I really want to add the cleaning oil. I bought some the brand is (Tisserand) it also says aromatherapy. I don’t know if by me adding these essential oils, will affect the detergent. Should I buy an essential oil that is for cleaning? Or can I add the ones I have?

    Please help!

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Sandy, I’m so glad the recipe was easy and fast for you! Yep, any essential oil you currently own will work. Some oils are known for having properties that complement a cleaning solution, like lemon or tea tree essential oil. But any essential oil should work, especially if it’s added for scent.

  18. says: Lana

    Great blog! I have been using this recipe for a month. Howeve . I use 1\2 a cup per large load. My question is this really doesn’t suds up. Does anyone complain about this?

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Lana, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the soap. Yes, this laundry soap doesn’t suds up like commerical laundry detergents. Most detergents add special chemicals to create the suds.

  19. says: Kecia

    Is there any reason why you could not mix the powdered laundry detergent with hot water prior to adding it to the wash? That way, the solids could dissolve, but you could still wash with cold water?

  20. says: Cece

    Hi Kristin, this recipe is great as it removes odors. However, I am experiencing white sweat stains on dark color t-shirts after the laundry is done. Any ideas on how to remove these sweat stains? I love your blog.
    Thank you!

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Cece, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog! I wonder if the powder isn’t fully getting dissolved in the water? I might try mixing the powder (the amount being used in the wash) with a bit of hot water first (in a cup will work), and see if that resolves the issue. If the stains remain, then it might be another issue…do you have hard water? Adding a softener might help? Let me know how it goes, and we’ll keep troubleshooting!

  21. says: Heidi

    I make mine similarly. One bar of Fels Naphtha, one cup Borax, one cup washing soda. I’m just curious why you like the castile soap over the FN? I might try doubling my washing soda as in your recipe. Thank you for sharing, and I’m sorry if someone already asked this question. 🙂 Heidi

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Heidi, I think castile soap does a better job at cleaning, and it’s made with “cleaner” ingredients. 🙂 I haven’t researched Fels Naphtha in a while, so that may have changed.

  22. says: Christie

    Hi Kristen, today while searching for great simple powder laundry soap, I found your website. I was so excited immediately, I found myself at my neighborhood store gathering the necessary ingredients to complete my new venture. Follow all the simple instructions and was finish within 10 minutes.(minus the use of a food processor) I actually used an old blender that was on its way to the Salvation Army. I also substituted the castile soap with Rose instead of your recommended choices. Now to say the lease everything went as expected. No studs, the smells was Awesome. Until the wash cycle was complete. The cloths only had slight freshness to them and about 1/2tsp of detergent was still sitting in the soap dispenser. Can you maybe help determine what could have went wrong? or if anyone else had this problem. By the way I have water purification system for the whole house. Thanks for the You tube video

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Christie, We just purchased a new washing machine and I’ve noticed that the same thing happens in the laundry soap “drawer.” I’ve been mixing the solution with just a tad bit of water before adding it to the drawer. I may even try placing the soap actually in the washer with the clothes. For some reason any powder is an issue for us. Hope that helps!

  23. says: Tamara

    Hi Kristin,
    I never use warm/hot water for washing clothes. Is the soap still effective? I’ve been using liquid soap nuts, which I like, but it’s on the pricey side. Thoughts?


    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Tamara, I’ve found that a powder soap, like this, really needs warmer water to fully dissolve. You could try colder water and see what you think. My liquid soap works well, in my opinion, with cold water.

  24. says: Kate

    Hi! I stumbled across your blog and can’t seem to get off of it! Hoping to try this laundry soap soon. Quick question, do you use a fabric softener at all? I currently use a store bought detergent, along with store bought softener.

  25. says: Becky Whiteley

    Hi! I just tried this at the weekend with homemade bars of Castile (olive oil) soap- it worked well, although next time I might add more essential oil scent as it’s very faint. I had to grate the soap as I don’t have a food processor, but I wash at 40 degrees C and it all dissolved. Just thought if anyone wanted to know if it works with homemade soap- it does!

  26. says: Christy

    Just wondering if instead of lavendar EO it would be useful to use lavender-scented castile liquid soap? Or would that dissolve some of the powder and make it clumpy?

  27. says: Danielle

    5 stars
    Hey Kristin! Love the recipe cant wait to try it!
    I see on the recipe you added essential oil, will this make the mixture less dry and instead go gluggy and sticky? I LOVE strong smelling laundry powder and only feel this will work for me if i have a scent agent too!

    1. says: Annemarie Salisbury

      I blend the oils with some of the powder in the food processor, and it gets completely incorporated. No wetness or stickiness at all!

  28. says: Kylie

    What could I substitute for Borax? Have tried any laundry soup without it?
    I have stalked your blog for the past few weeks and I love everything about it. The DIY Cleaning is my favorite section to read and try new things. Thanks for taking the time (and fails) for finding just the right combinations.

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Kylie, I have and don’t care for the results without the borax. It works without borax, but it’s not as great (in my personal opinion). If you’d like to skip the borax, I recommend adding more washing soda.

  29. says: Roman

    5 stars
    Just a quick tip. To go easier on your food processor (I use a blender) you can put first the bar of soap in the microwave for a minute or so. It puffs up in a huge souffle as the internal water goes to steam. Take it out and carefully pull apart with a fork (watch out for steam) and let cool. Now no dense chunks to challenge the blades. You can google it to see in action.


    PS you might need to wipe out microwave to get rid of soap smell before next dish goes it…

  30. says: Jane L.

    Hi Kristin, I love making and using your products. Thank you for doing all the research and development. I was noticing that my microfiber dish towels don”t do a very good job of drying dishes. The water doesn’t penetrate the fabric. Do you know why that is?

  31. says: Cathy

    Would love to know if anyone has used pure soap flakes? I bought a bag of pure soap flakes at my health food store and I can’t seem to find a recipe that uses this stuff ! Help anyone !

  32. says: Lynnette

    I used to make liquid detergent and got away from it because life got in the way! I am excited to try this version because it seems so much easier. If I use my food processor can I use it for food afterwards? Is there a special way to clean it?

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Lynnette, I’m excited to hear what you think. Since all the ingredients are cleaning ingredients, you can rinse the food processor out with soap. The ingredients will actually help clean it, too. Just rinse it clean afterward :).

  33. says: Chloe

    I’ve heard that washing soda is ok to use every now and then, but that excessive use can actually wear out your clothes faster. What has your experience been with this? Do you use this as an ever day laundry detergent?

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Chloe, I use either this or small-company brand that uses the same formulation and haven’t had issues. I do turn certain items inside out (dark colored items, like black jeans). Occasionally I’ll change things up with a liquid detergent.

  34. says: Debbie Scott

    I cant get a fragrance when i use essential oil orange after the clothes are dry. Any suggestions. I use a reciepe for softner with water vinegar and baking soda and 20 drops of the orange essential oil. HE front loader. I use a scentless natural liquid detergent. Thank you☺

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Debbie, Most essential oil-based laundry soaps won’t add much perfume scent to clothing (if at all). You could try adding a few drops of essential oil to dry balls before drying the clothes with them. The smell won’t be as long-lasting or apparent as commercial scented formulas, but it will be slightly noticeable.

  35. says: Deborah

    Can I keep all the ingredients separate and mix in the washing machine? I ask, because I would rather use the liquid soap, but not make a liquid detergent ahead of time.

  36. says: Deborah

    Thanks! I bought Air Tight containers and can just use a little of each. Figuring out how much of each might take a little math, but it will be less messy for me than mixing it together.

  37. says: Nia

    Hi Kristin I live in the UK and was wondering how much do 3 cups of washing soda and 2 cups of borax weigh in grams or ounces? Thanks Nia

  38. says: Rebecca McMahan

    5 stars
    Love this idea and I mixed up some this Morning!!!!! One Question…Can this be used to wash up the Dinner Dishes? I thought it was posted elsewhere that it could be…Also I am gonna run the hot water from my Sink in some sort of Container and add my powders to it and stir really well so they will dissolve better!!!! Thanks for Sharing!!!! Blessings to You and Your’s!!!

  39. says: Sharon

    Hi, what size container is needed for this batch of laundry soap powder? Thank you, and thank you for sharing

  40. says: Becca

    I have recently swapped over to seventh generation for my laundry but my husband has complained that he doesn’t feel his clothes are as clean as before. He does industrial electrical work so his clothes can get pretty dirty, do you have suggestions on which natural options have worked better for dirty clothes? Or if there is a pre soak I could use?

  41. says: Elvira

    4 stars
    Adding trisodium phosphate will power up this formula in a natural way. Very cheap at hardware stores. Google usage recommendations.

  42. says: Annette Kelly

    Hello! I just got the ingredients for this! Is 1/8 cup for a regular sized load? If I’m doing a large load should I use more?

    Thank you!

  43. says: Jamie

    You said this laundry detergent works best in warm and hot water. What do you use to wash cool/cold water fabrics?

    1. says: Chardea Singer

      I generally don’t wash anything in cold, just warm. You can use this in cold water, but I would dissolve in some warm water first.

      LS Team

  44. says: joana

    Hi Chardea!

    I am noticing that by washing with this bio receipt the stains don’t leave as easily while using a normal receipt!

    Have you used a surfactant to remove stains easily?

    Thank you,


  45. says: Larry OConnor

    Is there a reason to pouring in the borax AFTER the other ingrediants are in the storage container? Can I add it into the processor/bowl & stir? Also, what size container should I use to store the soap mixture in?
    Thank you

  46. says: Jesse

    Thank you for the lovely recipe, I’ll try it instead of the one I’ve been using.

    I have to ask, where did you get this gorgeous ceramic cup?

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