Homemade Washing Powder Recipe

UPDATE: I no longer make homemade washing powder – mainly because I cannot be bothered with the grating and mixing and buying different ingredients when I can just buy it. But also because apparently it is not great on washing machines and can cause build up. I was already buying Triple Orange Wonder Gel for cleaning EVERYTHING else from dishes to floors to the dog, and so I just use that in the machine now.

I’ve recently started making my own washing powder, thanks to a recipe from wonderful Wellness Mama.  I do use soap nuts, but quite fancied giving something else a try.

Dr BronnersIt is super simple, all you need to do is mix the following together and store in an airtight container.  I blended it together in my magimix to try blend grated soap more, but I don’t think you have to do that.

2 parts washing soda
2 parts borax
1 part grated soap

Wellness Mama recommends 1/8 to 1/4 cup per load.

I bought the washing soda and borax from Soap Barn, and I used Dr Bronner’s castile soap. South Africans could try castile soap from Faithful to Nature.

I add 1/2 – 1 cup vinegar to my rinse cycle instead of using commercial softener. Anyone who knows my husband knows I need a really good stain remover, I am still working on this one, unfortunately Vanish is my best friend in this department.  Still searching for an alternative! Watch this space …

P.S: If you can’t find washing soda – you can make it from your bicarb.  Just bake it in a tray at 200degC.  More details on Natures Nuture blog.

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  1. I’m all for zero-waste washing, and found and tried this recipe. Unfortunately I had a horrible allergic reaction to it. Have you experienced this or have heard of alternatives? I’m not sure if it was the borax, the soda, or both.


  2. I have been making my own laundry soap for many years using a recipe similar to yours but recently I dropped the borax – two reasons, borax might not be great for the environment (my environmentalist friend from UCT said they are keeping an eye on it) and my understanding is that borax needs hot water to work well, so I made a batch using 1 part washing soda and 1 part soap (I make my own). My laundry is just as clean! Hydrogen peroxide is my secret weapon for getting stains out.


    • Hi Hilary, I am actually due to update with a blog post covering all the things I use and do. I have not used homemade for over a year now. I use Triple Orange Gel, for ease as I already buy it in bulk so it saves me making something. But also getting mixed reviews on how suitable this is for washing machines long term. But it was not so much that reason that stopped me, as I am not entirely convinced it is a problem. It is more that it saves me having to buy/make/mix.


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