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Budget DIY: Homemade Laundry Powder

Updated on May 29, 2015

It's time to make your own laundry powder!

This is my 4th batch of making laundry powder. When I first came to United States (if I could remember well), we were using liquid Gain. It was good, I loved it but it can be expensive. We were not making a lot of income, plus after the wedding and the migration, we were pinching pennies. In order to make this happen, I went and looked for ways to save money and I think making my own laundry powder is one of the biggest money saver for us so far.

It was only until we have our own house and that I have my license that I started crafting and getting better at homemaking. I experimented a lot of cooking and finding frugal ways to clean. When we moved again, I have to use Tide for a while because I was too busy unpacking to even find the ingredients for my laundry powder. Tide is awesome, but it is expensive! This laundry powder usually lasts for 6 months (for 2 person in the household). I do laundry twice or three times a week. It may vary for different families, in fact, it can last longer if you're living alone or in college! Here's my recipe:

My cat, Slowpoke, posing in front of the ingredients.
My cat, Slowpoke, posing in front of the ingredients.

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Pokey Laundry Powder

  • 1 box of Borax (4lbs)
  • 2x2lbs Baking Soda
  • 3 Dial Soap Bars
  • 18oz Purex Crystals
  • 1.3lb OxiClean


1. Mix Borax, Baking Soda, Purex Crystals and Oxi Clean in a big bucket. If you don’t have any, don’t fret. I used a deep plastic shelve to mix them up. Don’t buy a bucket just because you are only using it once.

2. Grate the Dial soap bars. Note this, you may have to grate for hours (no kidding). So, if you’re smart enough, you may want to put these soaps into the microwave and cook it for 1.5 – 2mins. Please watch it while it cooks. You can stop the microwave whenever you think that it’s going to explode. Anyway, the soap will “grow” a little bit. Wait until it cools off and then you can see how easy it is to turn it into powder. (See pictures below)

3. Mix the Dial soap powder with the ingredients in 1. Make sure they are mixed well. There you go! You have your very own DIY laundry powder!

Microwaving the Dial Soaps

Before picture.
Before picture.
After microwaved for 2 minutes.
After microwaved for 2 minutes.
After an extra minute.
After an extra minute.

How I crushed the dial soap


  • Prepare a big container to store the laundry powder.
  • If you prefer a liquid detergent, you can boil this powder. I have never made one, but I am sure it's not that difficult either.

Good luck!


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