I went years only using liquid laundry detergent. I never realized that a powder detergent could be just effective and store longer than their liquid counterpart.

Since powder detergent is easier to travel with than liquid, I decided it would be convenient to make one myself.

Of course, it still needed to work just as good as the liquid one does.

And it also needed to be cheaper than buying it at the store. I simply hate how expensive detergent is at the store!

That’s one reason why this recipe is so great!

Plus, I’ll beT you already have most (if not all) of the ingredients on hand to make this powder detergent today!

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 Ingredients & Supplies:

To make the powder detergent, you will also need a clean 8 cup or larger container such as a large glass or plastic canister, a large food processor or large mixing bowl, mixing spoon and measuring cups.

You will also need 1 Tablespoon measuring spoon to leave in the powder detergent canister.

If you are having trouble finding Washing Soda in your area, you can easily make Washing Soda from baking soda. All you need is baking soda, an oven, and a baking pan. Check out the instructions right here.

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This powder detergent is so easy and fast to make. Just follow these directions. Grab your food processor and start measuring!

In a large food processor, start by measuring each of the ingredients and add them to the processor.

Close or lock the lid and process the ingredients until thoroughly combined. This step should take less than a minute. Yup, that fast!

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Transfer the powder detergent to your plastic and glass container and you’re done! I like to stick a plastic Tablespoon right inside the container so that it’s ready to use.

Make sure to label the container with how much to use in each load (2 TBS) to make it easy for everyone who might do laundry.


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Also write the powder detergent recipe on the container so you don’t have to look for it each time you want to make it.

This recipe is safe for HE washers also. Simply use 2 Tablespoons per load. Easy-peasy!

Note: If you don’t have a food processor, that’s okay! Just add the ingredients for the powder detergent in a large mixing bowl and mix well with a spoon. Make sure that all ingredients are incorporated well. (Side note: it will get dusty mixing it this way. So mix well, but mix gently.)

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How Much Does It Cost Per Load?

Here’s where you can really see how easy and cheap it is to make this awesome powder detergent.

Here’s the cost of each ingredient:

  • 2 Cups Baking Soda = 64¢
  • 2 Cups Washing Soda = $1.20
  • 2 Cups Borax = $1.10
  • 2 Cups Oxi Clean = $2.66

Total cost to make 8 Cups = $5.60

Which equals 64 loads. (Bonus: this recipe is safe for HE washers)

Using 2 Tbs per load = 9¢ Per Load

As you can easily see, the cost for making this powder detergent is crazy cheap and the best part is that it actually works!

This usually takes me less than 7 minutes to make which is super fast and easy compared to a trip to the store.

And the result, this powder detergent really works well on my boy’s stinky sports clothes, which means all is right with the world.

Finding a cheap powder detergent recipe was really important to me so that we could save money and make laundry detergent whenever we start to run low. Powder detergent is also much easier to bring along when we travel than the liquid variety (and all pods are uber expensive).

This powder detergent is easy to make, works well on stinky clothes and cheaper than buying one at the store.

It’s a win-win for this family and I hope you love it too!


YOUR TURN: Have you made this easy & fast powder detergent? Let me know how it worked on your clothes in the comments below!


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