I know I said I was going to use my last liquid batch of homemade laundry detergent before I tried the powdered version, but I couldn’t wait. The Borax, Washing Soda and Fels-Naptha seemed to be calling my name from their tiny cupboard each time I entered my laundry room.
So the next time I was at Walmart, I bought myself a pretty, hot pink tub with lid and ran home to try the powdered version. And I’ve been using it ever since.
You still use the same ingredients for the powder as you do the liquid, it just doesn’t involve boiling it down and transferring it from container to container.
How to Make Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent
1 Fels-Naptha (grated finely)
1 1/2 cups Borax
1 1/2 cups Washing Soda
Mix all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight container. Use 1-2 tablespoons per load of laundry.
Your total cost for the batch will be around $2.19. If you use 2 tablespoons per load, you’ll get 36 loads out of the batch which works out to just $0.06 per load.
If you would like, you can also add 1 cup of oxi-clean to the mix to increase stain removing ability. This will increase your cost to about $0.08 per load.
This powdered formula has worked well so far. I think using the Fels-Naptha over a bath bar soap really increases the cleaning power. I do, however, think that the ratio of Fels-Naptha to the other ingredients could be a little lower and still maintain cleaning power. So NEXT time, I’m going to use this recipe that Felicia shared with me:
Big Batch Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent
1 box Borax (4lb 12oz) $4
1 box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (3lbs, 7oz) $4
3 bars Fels-Naptha @ $0.99 each = $2.97
1 tub Oxi-Clean $6 (optional)
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