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Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder – HE Friendly

A friend asked me for this recipe and I realized that since The Great Blog Crash of 2013 I never reposted how I make my homemade laundry detergent.

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Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder

1 box 20 Mule Team Borax

1 Box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

1 16 ounce Box Baking Soda

1 12 ounce Canister Boraxo

1 Bar Soap – I use Doctor Bonner’s Lavender.

1/2 of a 3 pound tub of generic Oxyclean or generic equivalent

Grate the bar of soap in a food processor.

You can buy a yard sale food processor if you don’t want to use your good one, but if you’re me and the one you buy at the yard sale doesn’t work when you get it home, well then you either buy a new one or you use your regular one.  I use my regular one, rinse it really well, and then stick it in the dishwasher. So far my homemade Lauarabars have not had a soapy taste.

Mix all the ingredients together in a tub or bucket. I have this tub.  I like it because the lid snaps shut tightly.

That’s it. Making homemade laundry detergent is really simple.

I use an old coffee scoop, using 1 scoop for small loads, two for medium and three for large loads, towels and Brad’s work clothes.  This will vary depending on the condition of your water too.  Experiment with what works best for you.

When we bought our new high efficiency top loading wash machine, I asked if this mixture would work and they said yes because it was low suds (it’s pretty much no suds, but remember, suds don’t equal clean).



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  1. I bookmarked this 🙂 I’ve made something similar, but I’m not sure it’s doing a good job at getting my construction-husband’s clothes clean. I’ve never heard of boraxo!

  2. What is boraxo? I’ve made homemade laundry detergent and much prefer it…and prefer it as powder rather than liquid. However I have yet to find a recipe that yields a generous amount – I have four of us at home regularly and can do at least a load a day.

    • Boraxo is a powdered hand soap. It’s good for removing odor and dirt/soil which makes it a great edition to the laundry soap.

  3. Doctor Bonner’s? or Dr Bronner’s?

  4. Do you know how much the coffee scoop is–2 TBSP? Also do you have a water softener? Thanks for the recipe.


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