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Contributor Jes Antonis sent us in this idea for making your own laundry detergent, which sounds like a perfect rainy day weekend activity.

“Yes, you can make your own laundry powder—it’s all natural, powerful, easy and inexpensive to make..and it smells wonderful!

Take a 76 oz. box of Borax, a 55 oz. box of washing soda, 2 lb. box of baking soda, and a 12 oz. bar of soap (grated, I used Tom’s of Maine lavender). It makes about 1/3 of a 5-gallon bucket (total cost about $10), which is what I mixed mine in.

Use only 2 tablespoons per regular load. Put it to the test—muddy kids clothes, grass stains!

Note: this is for cold water washing only, as there is potential for Borax being partially converted to hydrogen peroxide at warm/hot temps.”


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Comments (3)


  1. Posted by: Stefania

    i use this exact recipe- found it by way of google! cheap, easy, green :)

  2. Posted by: JennyBurton

    Does the soap still dissolve in cold water? I always wanted to try the powered kind but I prefer to use cold water and didn’t think it would dissolve. I always made the liquid kind but it would make a thick layer of gel on top that was almost impossible to break up! YUCK!

    • Posted by: Yolanda Edwards

      hi jenny! i put the detergent right into the washer–onto the clothes, so it gets mixed into the water immediately. when i put it into the top part where it’s supposed to dispense it into it, it got a gunky like you said!

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