Homemade laundry detergent can be made with only three simple ingredients. My detergent recipe does not involve soap grating.
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.
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Homemade Laundry Detergent Ingredients
Three simple ingredients you can find at your grocery store or order online. Amazon links included.
How to make Ivory Soap flakes
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 large 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.
How to make homemade laundry detergent
- Two parts Washing Soda
- Two parts Borax
- One part Ivory Soap
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.
If you have a large family, you will want to double or triple the laundry soap recipe.
Gather your ingredients
Make your Ivory soap powder. Follow the instructions above for making Ivory soap powder using bar soap.
Mix all three ingredients in a large container with a lid. Stir, stir, and stir to get the ingredients combined well.
Place a 1/4 cup scoop inside of your dry laundry detergent container and close the lid. It’s ready to use.
Drop-in a few silica packets to prevent moisture.
Jot down the ingredients to make your own laundry detergent. You can make this simple recipe and start washing your laundry with it this week.
This laundry soap recipe is a great way to save on the grocery budget.
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