Homemade Laundry Powder – BORAX FREE

Did you realize how easy and frugal it is to make your own homemade laundry powder or liquid? I have shared two recipes in the past that both contained borax (a naturally occuring substance), but the health warnings and requests to reduce exposure to borax have prompted me to find an alternative recipe for Homemade Laundry Powder – BORAX FREE.

This is the simplest two ingredient recipe I have come up, that I like, for keeping our clothing clean and fresh.

You can add essential oils to this, although, it is nice to simply add a couple drops on wool dryer balls for the added scent in your fresh clothing. This way, you can put different scents on clothing versus bed linens or towels. I purchased my dryer balls them from local vendors or you can also get them online, here.



  1. Grate the bars of soap using manual grater or food processor and combine well with the washing soda. You can use a food processor to turn it all into a finer powder if you prefer that texture. 
  2. Store in an airtight glass container.  This laundry powder produces low suds, making it safe for HE washers.
  3. Use 2- 3 tablespoons of powder per load.

If you wish to add an oxygen brightener, try Nellie’s All Natural, or you could use Oxy Clean Free. You can also use any laundry bar soap…I had Sunlight bars left in my cupboard, so used those for my current batch. I will be switching to a more natural soap for my next batch.

I keep my laundry soap in a large glass jar similar to this one.


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5 thoughts on “Homemade Laundry Powder – BORAX FREE”

  1. I’ve never tried this specific recipe but I never realized the difference it would have made to put it in a food processor – definitely should have done it last time! It was really clumpy just grated, I found. Will have to get more castile soap and try your recipe next time! 😊

  2. Do you have a Borax free liquid laundry soap recipe?

  3. Aprox how many loads does this allow?

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