Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder Recipe

I have been making our own all around organic home cleaner ever since my son was born. That’s more than 7 years now. My homemade laundry detergent, I only finally got down to doing it last year. My first challenge was to find a place where I can buy the ingredients that are not easily available in the supermarket. Because I had a father for a Chemical Engineer, he gave me a list of places where I can buy the ingredients that I need.

Ingredients  for Homemade Laundry Detergent:

1. Borax or Sodium Borate – 1 cup

2. Washing Soda a.k.a Soda Ash (Na2CO3) – 1 cup

3. Bar (Ivory, Fels Naptha or Perla) – 1 bar

Step 1: Grate the laundry bar

When I finally found Alysons’, I bought 4 kilos for both Borax and Washing Soda right on. A year since I first bought them, I still have half a kilo of Washing Soda. I already ran out of Borax. From what I have observed, Borax is more compact than the Washing Soda, which explains the faster consumption of the two ingredients. Even if I use the same amount every time. As for the bar, since Perla is the more available of the options, it is what I have always used.

2. Add and mix with the grated bar – 1 cup of Borax and 1 cup of Washing Soda

That’s about it! Anyone can make their own homemade laundry detergent, really! I was surprised when I learned that an Aunt in the States makes her own laundry detergent too. Only, she does it differently. She mixes her laundry bar with water and cooks it. When it cools down, that’s when she adds the borax and the washing soda. For those who would rather use the liquid type of laundry detergent, that’s another step you can do.  But when my Aunt learned that I do it the easier way, she said it was a good idea and she’ll do it my way to her next batch of laundry detergent.

I use 2 scoops per load. I have a 7kg washer. For extra dirty rugs and laundry, I add another scoop.

I will have this post updated with the breakdown of savings. Since this post is a year late, I lost the receipt of the Borax and Washing Soda. But from what I remember, I only paid a little over P300 for both. The savings might not buy you a carrera tag heuer, sure. But it will still be huge if you add up how much one household would normally pay for to buy commercially made laundry detergents month in and month out. The ingredients lasted me more than a year. Considering the laundry detergents sponsors send from time to time, hundreds of pesos savings for me still.

If I add up P6/bar (give or take) for every recipe I make, I’m still saving a great deal.  For every batch, I just triple or quadruple the recipe so that I do not need to make every so often. I normally fill up a gallon of ice cream tub in one batch.

If you are to try this, do not be surprised if your recipe refuse to sud up like commercial detergents would. I made the mistake of adding two scoops or three, the first time. We have been made to believe that those bubbles equal to effective cleaning process. When in fact, what makes them bubble is an added unnecessary ingredient, Sodium lauryl Sulfate (SLS). The Borax will take care of the stain removal your clothes need, washing soda removes the odor and the bar soap gets rid of the grease.

After years of using commercial detergents and finally shifting to this homemade laundry detergent powder recipe, there is really no difference. If at all, my newly laundered clothes even feel and smell fresher and cleaner! Whether that’s psychological or not, I know I’m going to stick to making my own homemade laundry detergent for the long haul! 🙂

There you have it, Mommies! Enjoy making your very own Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder! It may be  trivial to add to our growing list of “Mommy Can Do It Things,” but the satisfaction it brings goes beyond the savings we make for being frugal – something only moms can probably understand. 🙂

Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder Recipe

12 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder Recipe

  • February 9, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I am very particular about the scent of the clothes after washing and drying. How was it? Will the scent be based on the laundry soap you add?




    Jennie Reply:

    The newly laundered clothes actually smell fresher and cleaner, Michelle! 🙂


  • February 9, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Oh wow, thank you for sharing this. I have an allergic reaction to a lot of detergent brands. Maybe a home-made one will be more skin-friendly. 🙂


  • February 10, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    it’s good to do your own detergent since you knew how to do it. I guess borax is the one that is hard to find. I have been looking for it too but i still have no luck.


    Drea Reply:

    Borax is at Walmart


  • February 10, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    This is so easy! I always pass by Alyson’s in Araneta Ave. But I’m one of those who likes more suds in my laundry, so it’ll take some getting used to a less sudsier water.


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  • June 4, 2013 at 11:22 am

    I’m here in Sherman Oaks, California and I’m using the same 3 basic ingredients, Fels Naphta bar soap, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda ( not to be confused with baking soda, they are not the same thing) and Borax. The measurements are different- some contain a higher soap to water ratio.The laundry detergent soap is a low-sudsing soap. Suds are not what does the cleaning , it is the ingredients of the soap. The time required is nominal. It doesn’t cost that much to give it a shot & see how you like it.
    And for fabric softener tip: Add white vinegar to rinse cycle. Works great. Removes residue and odor.


  • August 1, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    What kind of Washer you uses for this Homemade detergent? Is a HE washer or the Traditional washer?


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