How to Make Homemade Laundry Soap Using Borax


A natural mineral compound, borax comes from dried saline lakes. This natural material is sold in grocery stores, department stores and craft supply shops for use in a variety of areas. One such application of borax, perhaps the most popular, is as a laundry soap. In fact, commercial borax powder is marketed as a laundry booster. Making your own laundry soap from this cleansing, natural mineral doesn't require much time or many ingredients. It's also a cost-friendly alternative to purchasing expensive detergents and laundry soaps.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 gallon bucket (new with lid)
  • 1 lb. citrus extract powder (lemon, grapefruit and lime)
  • 4 lbs. borax

Pour half of the borax into the bucket.

Pour half of the powdered citrus extract into the bucket on top of the borax. Powdered citrus extracts can be purchased online from wholesale soap making companies, or from a craft and hobby supply shop. These citrus extracts contain the powerful cleansing and deodorizing elements of lemon, lime, grapefruit and orange.

Layer the rest of the borax onto the contents of the bucket. Follow up with the other half of the citrus extract powder.

Snap the lid onto the bucket and shake it vigorously for a full minute to sift the powdered contents together to mix them.

Tips & Warnings

  • A 3 oz. scoop of this powdered laundry soap works for a standard load of laundry.

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