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Laundry Washing Powder

Learn what you need to make  Laundry Washing Powder with inbuilt stain remover - better than the store bought stuff!


- 1 cup Washing Soda

- 1 cup Coconut Soap Flakes*

- 1/2 cup Borax

- 3/4 cup Bicarb

- 1/4 cup Sodium Percarbonate

* If you have hard water, decrease the amount of Coconut Soap & increase water softeners like Washing Soda, Borax, Bicarb & Percarbonate. 


-   Mixing bowl/ container 

-   Measuring spoons/cups 

-   Airtight storage container


Approx 750g (approx 50 small loads)


1.  Combine all the powder ingredients in your mixing bowl, taking care not to breathe in the raised dust. 

2.  Store in an airtight container until ready to use. 

FAQ's - great stuff to know!

How much do I use?

For small loads you can use as little as 1 tablespoon (which is approx 15g) - Double this for larger loads. 

How do I use it?

Simply add it to the detergent compartment of your washing machine, do not use directly on clothes. 

Is this safe for top & front loaders?

Yes it sure is, as there are no artificial foaming agents it is low in suds. This makes it perfect for both top & front loaders, which is often a gimmick for marketing & the exact same thing. 

Is this vegan friendly?

Sure is, the powders are all naturally harvested from crystals & the soap is made from coconut oil. No animal based ingredients involved. 

Can I use this in cold water?

You can, however you may want to dilute to powder first & you may need a bit more to compensate for the heat. This is most effective in warm to hot water.

Is it safe on colours?

It is safe to use, however some dyes will run no matter what you use, so read the labels, test & wash new clothes separately first.

Can I use it on delicate fabrics like wool or silk?

It is not recommended as its high alkalinity may damage the fabrics. Instead simply use Castile Soap as it is mild.  Learn more with the Delicate & Wool Wash recipe

Is this safe for septic tanks?

The ingredients are mild, safe & biodegradable which should not affect the bacteria in septic tanks like harsh chemicals can.

Can I add essential oils?

Yes you can, however the cleaning cycle is there to remove odours so its recommended to use them in the Rinse Cycle with the Fabric Softener. 

Do I need Fabric Softener?

Yes, but not the store bought crap. With DIY recipes like this where you are using pure soap we recommend using vinegar or citric acid in the rinse cycle as Fabric Softener to remove any remaining soap & stiffness from clothes.

What is hard water? Do I have it?

Well water is not just H2O, it also has a bunch of minerals like calcium, magnesium & limestone.The more minerals particles your water has, the harder it is. For more info check out this blog - What is hard water? Do I have it?

How long will it last?

Without having this lab qualified, the powder could last years if kept airtight & away from moisture, so you can  make & store large batches in comfort. 




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1 comment

  • I have been making this washing powder for over a year now using your ingredients – I will never go back to store bought! I add my empty essential oil bottles into my tub of powder for extra smell and soak with the Crystal Clear for stains – my clothes are the cleanest and nicest they have ever been!


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