How to make your own natural laundry detergent powder

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How to make your own natural laundry detergent powder
Homemade washing powder provides a safe alternative to commercial detergents. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Effective washing powder is important to getting clothes clean with a fresh fragrance. Most commercial laundry detergents achieve these objectives, but contain chemicals that are not environmentally friendly or cause skin irritation. An inexpensive and equally-effective alternative is to make your own natural washing powderder. Creating your own washing powder allows you to control the chemicals exposed to your family through the detergent, while likewise sparing the environment of harmful chemicals.

Things you need

  • 1600g (8 cups) baking or washing soda
  • Plastic container
  • 1200g (6 cups) borax powder
  • 800g (4 cups) grated Fels Naptha soap
  • 25ml (1 1/2 tsp) essential oil
  • Wooden spoon
  • 25g (1/8 cup) measuring scoop

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  1. 1

    Pour 1600g (8 cups) of baking or washing soda into a large plastic container. Both work equally well, but baking soda produces less foaming normally associated with soaps and detergents.

  2. 2

    Add 6 cups of borax powder and 1200g (4 cups) of grated Fels Naptha soap to the baking or washing soda.

  3. 3

    Drizzle 25ml (1 1/2 tsp) of fragrant essential oil over the dry ingredients. Use a pleasant scent that you would enjoy smelling on your laundry. Lavender, vanilla and citrus scents are potential examples.

    How to make your own natural laundry detergent powder
    Essential oils add a light fragrance to your washing powder. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Stir the dry ingredients and essential oil together with a wooden spoon until well-blended.

  5. 5

    Place a 25g (1/8-cup) measuring scoop into the plastic container and seal it with a tight-fitting lid to prevent moisture from clumping the detergent. Use 25g (1/8 cup) of detergent for each normal-sized load of laundry.

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