Homemade Powder Laundry Soap

One of the best money saving things you can do as a homesteader, is make your own laundry soap.  I know I do many loads of laundry a week and I would bet you do too, and purchasing and using the Name Brand detergent ads up quick!

Here is a quick, easy, and inexpensive recipe for powdered laundry detergent that works well in both traditional top loaders and newer front load Energy Efficient washing machines.  Just place 2 tablespoons of powder in each load of laundry.  For softer clothes, ditch your fabric softener, and pour 1 cup of white vinegar in the fabric softener compartment of your washing machine.

Powder Laundry Soap - COLORADO URBAN HOMESTEADER

Powder Laundry Soap

First grate the Felz-Naptha using the fine grating side of your grater (that way it mixes better with the rest of the stuff).  Now grab a big bowl and combine all ingredients into it and stir well.  Transfer to container of your choice to put in the laundry room.  I use a recycled Folgers coffee can, it fits a double batch perfectly!   For every load of laundry, use 2 Tablespoons.

Powder Laundry Soap - COLORADO URBAN HOMESTEADER

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   Cost Comparison:

  • Tide Powder: $29.99 per 180 loads = $.133 per Load
  • Homemade Powder Laundry Soap:  $3.88 per 35 loads = $.11 cents per 2 TBS (1 Load of Laundry)
  • Kirkland Powder:       $14.99 per 200 loads = $.075 per Load

The Breakdown:

  • 1 bar of Felz-Naptha = $1.51 per 5.5 oz. bar = $.275 per ounce = $1.51
  • 2 cups Baking Soda = $6.59 per 13.5lbs. = $.488 per pound = $0.63 per 2 cups
  • 1 cup Super Washing Soda = $9.06 for 55oz. = $.082 per oz = $.861 per cup
  • 1 cup Borax = $12.06 per 76oz. = $.159 per oz = $0.874 per cup
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    Total:  $3.88 per 42oz or $.09 per ounce = $.11 cents per 2 TBS or 1 Load of Laundry 

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