DIY Laundry Soap Powder

| Modified: Jul 11, 2017
DIY Laundry Powder

There are many reasons that people turn to DIY laundry soap. Most commonly people are looking for an inexpensive way to get clothes clean. But did you know that DIY laundry soap may be the resolution of a chronic skin problem?

Laundry detergent, fabric softer, and dryer sheets all add chemicals to your clothes, sheets and towels. The very things that are in constant contact with your skin. The lists of chemicals in these laundry aids can be long and many of them are not good for your skin. If you have trouble with dermatitis, eczema, body acne, or sensitive skin, making your own laundry soap can reduce the chemical irritation to your skin and allow your skin to heal. If you have been using natural remedies for a skin condition to no avail, using a DIY laundry soap may be just what is needed for complete resolution to your skin problem.

The good news is that DIY laundry soap is a cheap solution and simple to try. You have little to lose and much to gain.

Recipe DIY Laundry Powder

What You Need:

  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Washing soda
  • 2 cups grated soap (Zote, Ivory or Fels Naptha) or soap flakes
  • 1 cup Oxiclean

If you are starting with a bar of soap, use a cheese grater to grate your soap.

Use your blender to blend your soap flakes or soap grates with the borax. This will make your soap flakes finer and easier to dissolve in the wash.

Pour your borax and soap flake mixture into a jar. Add your washing soda and optional Oxiclean. Mix well.

That is it! Use 1-4 Tablespoons of your mixture per load of laundry. The size of the load you have and the type and size of your washing machine will affect the amount you will need. Home made laundry soap does not suds up, so you don’t have to worry that you will overflow your washer with bubbles.

DIY Laundry Soap Tips

This recipe works best with warm or hot water. Soap flakes don’t dissolve well in cool or cold water. If you wish to use cool water to wash, simple dissolve your soap powder in a quart of hot water and add it to your cool water wash.

You will not need fabric softener. This soap leaves your clothes very soft. If static is a concern use wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets. This will keep you from adding chemicals to your clothes each time you dry them.

Do not expect your laundry soap to foam up like commercial detergents. It won't. But that is okay; bubbles are not necessary for cleaning to take place.

Because Fels Naptha is a great poison ivy remedy, this soap may be idea for clothes that have been in contact with poison ivy.

Zote soap flakes have a slight citronella smell. Freshly laundered clothes in zote flakes may have mosquito deterring properties.

Ivory soap will leave clothes very soft and is ideal for baby laundry or those with sensitive skin.

Where to Buy the Ingredients for DIY Laundry Powder

Borax, washing soda, zote flakes, and Fels Naptha can usually be found in the laundry aisle. Ivory bar soap or castile soap will be in the health and beauty section of your store.

Have you tried DIY laundry soap? Please send us some feedback!


About the Author: Deirdre Layne

Founder and CEO of Earth Clinic, has an extensive background in health and healing. She created EarthClinic.com in 1999 as a way to teach people about natural remedies and alternative healing therapies. Since then, thousands of people around the world and their pets have been healed by the remedies found on Earth Clinic. Deirdre holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College in Philosophy and is the author of the book Apple Cider Vinegar: A Modern Folk Remedy.


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Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 07/11/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Have you guys ever make your own laundry soap? I just made another batch. I haven't done it in a while…

23 years ago my firstborn was a newborn. He had very sensitive skin. I could not use disposable diapers or disposable wipes or regular laundry detergent on his cloth diapers. So I made my own wipes and my own laundry soap. It was super simple. I grated up bars of ivory soap and mixed the following:

  • 1 bar ivory soap, grated
  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda

Depending on load size and whether or not you have a HE washer or not, use 1-4 T. per load.

I used this for his diapers and all of our clothes. Our clothes were SO soft!

I just made another batch of this soap (using Zote flakes instead of Ivory because I didn't want to bother with the grating) and am interested to see how it does. My laundry is much dirtier these days with my older sons and husband doing a lot of out door and construction type work. Back then my husband had an office job and my baby really didn't get that dirty. I will let you know!

~Mama to Many~