Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder

Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder

A few years ago I made a Homemade Laundry Detergent but things have evolved and so have I and this is my new project – Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder. Boy oh boy do I wish I had smell-o-vision to share with you guys how awesome this stuff smells. I made it in my kitchen and now it’s making it smell good in there too. Smart move!

homemade Laundry Detergent Powder

The ingredients needed to make this are not expensive although you need quite a bit to make a batch.

Ingredients For Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder

Fels Naptha

This has been around for centuries and is a proven stain fighter. Plus it smells good, isn’t expensive and is available everywhere.

Lemon Essential Oil

Adding lemon to my laundry detergent not only made it smell good but it also works as a great natural cleaner. I recommend the Young Living brand and you can buy it here. you’ll also find Thieves is an awesome oil to help disinfect and is a great one to add to your arsenal of natural living!


Borax also is known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate or disodium tetraborate. It is one of the most important boron compounds and can be found in laundry booster, certain hand soaps and in some toothpastes. Borax has many uses on its own, plus it is an ingredient in other products.

Washing Soda

Washing soda is a highly alkaline chemical compound that can be used to remove stubborn stains from laundry. It also has numerous uses around the house, and it is used in a range of industrial applications as well. In laundry, Washing Soda accomplishes several things. The high alkalinity of washing soda helps it act as a solvent to remove a range of stains, and unlike bleach, washing soda does not usually stain. It is also used in detergent mixtures to treat hard water which helps make this a great recipe for your front loading washer as well.

Hammer Super Washing


Baking Soda

I’ve heard it said that if you just had baking soda, vinegar and lemon you could clean a whole house and while I’m not totally convinced, I do use baking soda in a TON of my homemade recipes.

Baking Soda

Oxi Clean

Our of all the stain fighters out there Oxi Clean is the most natural but it’s expensive….unless you buy the dollar store version and use that instead as I did!

Those are the ingredients and what I believe makes this an awesome recipe. It’s simple to make too:

Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder Directions

Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder


  • Bar of Fels Naptha
  • 2.5 LB Boraz
  • 2 LB washing soda
  • 1.5 LB Oxi Clean
  • 2.5 LB baking soda
  • 8 Drops of Young Living Lemon Essential Oil


  1. Grate the Fels Naptha and then add to a mini chopper or blender to turn it into powder.
  2. Add it to a bucket and add the other ingredients.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Put in an airtight jar.
  5. Next time you need laundry detergent add 1 TBS of this powder to your load.
  6. It works well on front loaders, top loaders and all stains.

Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder
This is natural and safe for kids clothes and colors. The oxi clean is Chlorine free and color safe. Just don’t use on dry clean only clothes.

Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder

What Oils Do You Use

I only recommend Young Living oils as they’re a therapeutic grade pure oil that you can buy here.




  1. Hi
    Me again. Just wanted to let you know the recipe showed up on my iPad today. I made some today. Trying it out right now. I see the picture shows 1tsp. And the recipe says 1tablespoon. Would you let me know which it is? Thanks a bunch! I love your blogs!

    • LOL! the picture was just the only spoon I had that would show off the detergent well! Add a Tablespoon as the recipe shows. Thanks for asking Rebecca!

  2. Where would I purchase washing soda? What does it look like? Thanks.

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