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Don't Wash Your Money Down the Drain

Updated: Jun 26, 2021

Clean your clothes without agitating your budget by making your own washing powder, for a fraction of the cost of brand name detergents.

Washing Powder Recipe

Don't judge me! I've been on Pintrest way too much😆🤣 Checkout my homemade Washing Powder. Using only 1-4 tablespoons per load depending on size it should last several months.

It smells so good, it's super cheap and HE compatible. Total cost at Wal-Mart is $27.65 for 18.6 pounds of washing powder.

Not to mention I splurged on the "pre-grated" Zote Laundry Flakes which cost me nearly double and I have excess ingredients for the next batch (1 pound of baking soda and nearly 4 pounds of Borax.)

Homemade Washing Powder $27.65 vs. Tide 146 loads for $23.98. I will get at least 3-4 times the amount of loads out of my washing powder for less than 1 Tide purchase. I'm so EXCITED😂🤣😆😋😀


  • 1 Box of Super Washing Soda 3 lb. 7 oz.

  • 1 Box of Borax 4 lbs 12 oz. (76 oz.)

  • 1 Box of Pure Baking Soda 4 lb.

  • 3 Bars of Fels-Naptha or Zote 5.5 oz.

  • 1 Container of Oxy-Clean 3 lb You will only use half of this.

  • 1 Bottle of lavender essential oil or your choice of scent (optional)

  • Scent booster Gain or Arm & Hammer Amazon (optional)


  1. Finely grate the Fels-Naptha using a box grater or a food processor.

  2. Mix the grated soap with all of the ingredients in a large plastic tub.

  3. When doing laundry use 2 tablespoons for a normal size load. You may increase the amount used based on your preference.


You can use any bar soap. If your family has sensitive skin try using Ivory for a gentler detergent.

Additional Tips

  • Replace fabric softner with white vinegar. Just add it to the fabric softner tray of your washing machine. It's amazing at removing odors, especially the mildew smell in washcloths and towels.

  • To assist with reducing drying and wrinkle reduction consider using dryer balls.

  • To alleviate static cling take 2-3 old socks, fold each of them in half and line them in safety pins. Make sure they remain in the dryer during every load and static cling will be a thing of the past.

  • Finally, don't throw away any of your liquid fabric softner now that you're using the above reusable/sustainable methods. Pour equal parts fabric softner and tap water into a spray bottle, shake it up and spray mist any article of clothing that you come across that's wrinkled. Give the article a little shake and hang it up. You'll watch those wrinkles magically disappear in just minutes. The leftover mixture should keep for a few months if stored in a cool dry place. Ironing is a thing of the past:-)

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