Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Homemade lavender scented laundry powder…

Sarah always influences me to be a copy-cat.

After reading this post, I decided to try making my own laundry soap too.

I gathered my ingredients, all of which were readily available at my regular grocery store.


Here’s the recipe I used:

4 cups washing soda

3 cups borax

2 bars grated laundry soap

1 tsp. lavender essential oil


It’s so easy to make, especially if you get the Hubs to help grate up the soap!


Then I just whisked all of the ingredients together, added the teaspoon of lavender oil and whisked some more…


and put the laundry powder in jars.



Use only one tablespoon per load, two for large or heavily soiled loads.

From what I’ve read online, this soap is safe for all washers, but should not be used if you are on a septic system.

It smells heavenly.

So far, it seems to clean the clothes well, and is very economical.


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  1. love it! i make this in liquid form but i had never thought to use lavender...can't wait to try!

  2. These are the ingredients that I use to make mine, too, only I just use Ivory soap. I never can find the Fels Naptha when I need it.

    Works just great!

    I never have found a good recipe that works in the dishwasher. Have you?

  3. Nothing like REAL lavender to smell. Thanks for posting this...I am gonna use it sometime!

  4. I totally need to try this sometime! I'll bet it just smells absolutely divine! :-)

  5. I'm glad to hear from someone who has made their own laundry soap. I have the recipe but never got around to making it. I'm about to run out of liquid laundry soap so believe I will try this. Thanks!!

  6. I know I would love this! Thanks for sharing the recipe! ♥

  7. I'll have to find out if this works in a top loader--it sounds great and I love the lavender scent addition!

  8. I made the liquid version of this. We love it! So inexpensive and great smelling! For our front loader we use 1/4 cup. Thanks for sharing the "dry" recipe!

  9. Several of my blog friends make their own laundry soap. I've thought of trying it. From what I hear the laundry gets very clean and is so economical. Now, my friend, I think you've persuaded me! I love lavendar and often try to find just the perfect lavendar laundry detergent. None of them could possibly be this good!

    P.S. - One of my friends has an old food processor stored away just for making her laundry soap. She 'grates' her bar of Fels Naptha in it! Saves a lot of grating, she says. Just a thought.

  10. I make the liquid too! The first time I found Fels Naptha is was in the body soap section of the grocery, not the laundry section.

  11. YOU AMAZE ME!! We could be sister's at heart!! This is how I do my laundry detergent too!! Down to the same canning jars!! I used this soap all summer long, and you know Farmer Joe can get pretty dirty putting up a fence!! Well, the soap worked WONDERFULLY!! And the Lavender smells like HEAVEN!! XXOO, Damaris

  12. I've been looking for a homemade laundry detergent recipe...I'm wondering why this can't be used with a septic tank?

  13. I was just wondering that too, about the septic! I have been wanting to make my own soap as well and had never read that before!

  14. OMG this is a cool idea... Lavander ... WOW

  15. I saw a recipe that also incorporated Oxi-Clean. Any idea on how much I could add to this recipe?


  17. I did this and am most pleased. I grate the Fels Naptha by hand on a good grater from Williams Sonoma (my daugher's) and it's done in no time. However, the lavender oil was so expensive that I opted for lemon. It smells great, too. I only use about a tablespoon or two per load and it gets my clothes clean and it's very inexpensive. Love it.

  18. My sister just made this and gave me some to try. After this long using it how do you like it now?


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