Monday, February 20, 2012

Frugal Living: Homemade Laundry Powder

Last year I was lucky enough to win a years supply of Radiant Laundry liquid. And yes, I did just express joy in winning laundry liquid. I think is was a pretty great prize to win!

But last week we used up our final bottle of our winnings, one month short of the 'years supply' timeline.

So it was time to make some more homemade laundry powder.

Below is the recipe I used. And so far, so good. We did a lot of washing over the weekend and all clothes have come up great.

You will need:

3 cups Borax
2 cups Baking Soda
2 cups Washing Soda (Sodium Carbonate, it is pH increaser in the photo. I pick it up from the pool shop for about $6 for a bag)
2 cups Sunlight soap (grated)
  • Mix all ingredients well and store in a sealed tub or jar.
  • Use 1/8 cup of powder per full load.
  • Pop a label on it is you so desire.
I have a front loader and have been putting it in with the clothes as it doesn't seem to all dissolve when it is in the dispenser.

Oh, a few of you asked if I could convert the Best Coconut Butter Cake recipe for non-thermomix owners. I am planning on doing it soon and will update the post as soon as I do.


  1. I've been wanting to make my own washing powder for ages.

    This post might actually give me the kick up the bum I needed to do it! LOL.


  2. I recently discovered homemade and I love it, I do the liquid, that might help with the dissolving? Thanks for linking up! So nice to meet you!

    1. Nice to meet you too, Mary!

      I am thinking about giving liquid a go too, just have to stock up on some milk bottles :)

      Amy x

  3. I have never made my own soap powder. How does it go with sensitive skin?

    1. My kids all have pretty sensitive skin and we have not had any problems with this Lisa.

      Thanks for stopping by

      Amy x

  4. Hi,
    How is this recipe with stains? My kids are always too dirty, and I tried a similar recipe (only it was liquid) and the stains don't come out of their clothes...

  5. how do you make it liquid? do you just add water?

  6. Hi any idea what a cup is please? I know US and Canadian cups are different sizes. Thanks.

  7. Hi any idea what a cup is please? I know US and Canadian cups are different sizes. Thanks.


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