Homemade Washing Powder Recipe

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So, I finally decided to try making homemade washing powder, and I’m so glad that I did. This stuff works really 100 times better than any washing powder or detergent I have ever bought.

The tea tree oil has great anti-bacterial and anti-fungal benefits. Great for washing cloth diapers or any items contaminated with yeast. Also great for getting funky smells out of stored clothes and sheets.

This powder is also great for washing cloth diapers, particularly if you’ve had issues with yeast or fungal skin infections.

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I’ve been adding tea tree oil to my washing for a while, but this washing powder has made a huge difference. Nothing ever needs to go back for a 2nd wash because it came out still stained.

Using a recipe like this will also save you tons of money. When a box of washing powder is starting at like $20, why wouldn’t you want to make your own for a fraction of the price?

This powder removed many set in stains and clothes came out smelling great too. Here’s what I did.

You will need

  • 1 packet of pure soap ( 4 x 125g bars = 500g total)
  • 1 packet of washing soda (1kg)
  • Tea tree oil

Both the soap and washing soda should be found in the laundry aisle of the supermarket (around where products like Borax are kept).

Tea tree oil is also available from the supermarket, it should be with the medicines are supplements. Just make sure you get pure tea tree oil, not one diluted with other substances (many tea tree products labelled as antiseptics will have other things in them).


  1. Grate soap into a large container using a cheese grater
  2. Add wash soda
  3. You’re done! No need to contaminate your blender or food processor.

How to use your homemade washing powder

  • Use a small scoop for each wash (you can use one from an old box of store-bought powder)
  • add 3-4 drops of tea tree oil into each load.
  • Enjoy your fresh, hygienic clothes.

Natural and effective homemade washing powder

No borax, no harmful chemicals, and very effective. Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. It’s a win for everyone.

Should I blend homemade washing powder?

The only downside to not blending up the soap is that it doesn’t disperse evenly in the container. However, if you get approximately 50/50 of the two ingredients when you scoop, everything will be fine. You can blend the powder if you really want, but I see it as unnecessary hassle. Not blending will not affect it’s ability to dissolve in the machine during washing.

You could even keep the 2 ingredients in separate containers so you can take even amounts when adding to your wash – that’s all up to you.

Are washing soda and baking soda the same?

No. Washing soda will much more effective than baking soda. However, many other homemade washing powder recipes do use baking soda instead of or in addition to wash soda. It is an effective cleaner and deodorizer, however, for laundry, wash soda is a better option if you can find it. It is a water softener (binds to minerals) and this will allow your clothes to be better cleaned.

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1 Comment

  1. Christy
    April 5, 2019

    Cleans better than store bought powder. No way!! I wasted so much money on branded detergents :'(


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