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How To Make Detergent

Whether to save money or boost results, learning how to make detergent powder at home can be a useful skill. Follow our tips to get started.

While using commercial laundry products can often be the most convenient way to wash clothes, there are times when knowing how to make detergent can come in handy.

Making detergent powder is a relatively simple process if you’re just looking for a basic cleaner that will freshen up your fabrics.

How to make detergent powder: Step-by-Step

Step 1:

Wash a suitable container thoroughly and leave to dry

Step 2:

Grate your bar soap; as finely as possible

Step 3:

Add one cup of the grated soap and one cup of washing soda to a large bowl

Step 4:

Mix the ingredients well and transfer to the cleaned container – always keep it covered

Step 5:

Store in a cool, dry place away from children and pets

Step 6:

Use 1-2 tablespoons for each load of laundry

This quick recipe for making detergent powder at home is ideal for basic washing jobs. If you want to improve the scent of your clothes, you can try adding a few drops of essential oils to the wash too – be careful though, a little goes a long way!

Key Steps:

  • Learn how to make detergent powder at home using a simple mix of grated soap and washing soda in equal proportions.
  • Dissolve 1-2 spoons of your detergent powder in water to use for a normal wash.
  • Pre-soak clothes in a dissolved solution of your homemade detergent to help loosen stains or add a little water and make a paste and spread it on the stubborn stain.
  • Remember to follow all the safety precautions as a part of the detergent powder making process: store it safely away from children and animals.

Top tip

Homemade detergent can be made easily using washing soda and natural soap at a ratio of 1:1. Simply grate the soap bar and add to the washing soda before storing in a small container.