Learn to make the best laundry detergent with only three simple ingredients. This homemade laundry detergent powder is not only cost effective, it’s also super easy to make, gentle and really works! Plus, our no-soap-grating shortcut is “loads” of fun! Grab the kiddos because they will love to watch and help with this project.
Homemade Laundry Detergent Ingredients
The process of making your own laundry detergent is fast and easy! You only need three ingredients:
- Washing Soda
- Ivory Soap
All three ingredients are available at the grocery store. You can pick up borax and washing soda on the laundry aisle. (Tip: Check the bottom shelves.) Ivory bar soap will be on the bath aisle.
The No Soap Grating Method To Homemade Laundry Detergent
We begin by preparing our bar of Ivory soap for our laundry detergent powder. When microwaved, an Ivory bar expands into a puffy soap cloud that easily crumbles into tiny flakes. Place a single bar of Ivory Soap into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave up to about 1 minute. Check for doneness by poking a fork into the fluff feeling for any solid piece. Microwave an additional 30 seconds or until no solid piece is felt in the center. Microwave cooking times may vary so be sure to check for completion often. After you remove the fluff from the microwave, it shrinks quickly.
Allow to cool before handling. Rub the pieces between your hands over the bowl to create the fine powder. There may be lumps which is perfectly acceptable when making Ivory soap powder for your homemade laundry detergent.
Simple & Easy 3 Ingredient Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe
- Two parts Washing Soda, I use this brand
- Two parts Borax, I use this brand
- One part Ivory Soap, buy it on Amazon here
The actual quantities will depend on how much you want to make at one time. For example, 2 cups washing soda plus 2 cups Borax and one cup ivory soap powder will equal 5 cups of detergent. 5 cups of detergent will do about 20 loads of laundry when using 1/4 cup per load.
Use about 1/4 cup per load of laundry. You may use more or less depending on how dirty the laundry is.
Gather your ingredients
Microwave your Ivory soap to expand it
Shred the expanded Ivory soap
Mix the ingredients
Pour the homemade detergent mixture into your storage container
Drop in a few silica packets to prevent moisture
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