DIY: Borax Free Laundry Powder

Did you realize how easy and frugal it is to make your own laundry powder or liquid? I have shared two recipes in the past that both contained borax (a naturally occurring substance), but the health warnings and requests to reduce exposure to borax have prompted me to find an alternative recipe.
This is the simplest two-ingredient recipe I have come up, that I like, for keeping our clothes clean and fresh. 

You can add essential oils to this, although, it is nice to simply add a couple of drops on wool dryer balls for the added scent in your fresh clothing. This way, you can put different scents on clothing versus bed linens or towels. I purchased my dryer balls locally to Moncton, NB, here, and you can also get them online, here.



  1. Grate the bars of soap using a manual grater or food processor and combine well with the washing soda. You can use a food processor to turn it all into a finer powder if you prefer that texture.
  2. Store in an airtight glass container.  This laundry powder produces low suds, making it safe for HE washers.
  3. Use 2- 3 tablespoons of powder per load.

If you wish to add an oxygen brightener, try Nellie’s All Natural, or you could use Oxy Clean Free. You can also use any laundry bar soap…I had Sunlight bars left in my cupboard, so used those for my current batch. I will be switching to a more natural soap for my next batch.

I keep my laundry soap in a large glass jar similar to this one.

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