Washing Powder

Washing Powder

Homemade Washing Powder is one of the quickest and cheapest ways you can reduce your toxic load. Ditch those smelly laundry liquids and powders and make your own!  Seriously.  They contain so many chemicals, particularly the fragrance component, which is designed not to get washed out – so you smell the sweet ‘freshness’ all day and are made to feel that they must be doing a super job of keeping you fresh and clean.  The problem with that is that means those chemicals staying stuck in the fibers, means they are directly touching your skin and being absorbed into your system.  Ugh.  Don’t do it.

This Washing Powder is cost effective, and it works.  I have a toddler, so I know.  Whether it be spaghetti stains or muddy knees, this washing powder is up to the task.

Washing Powder

Washing Powder

A simple recipe, using some low tox staples, this Laundry Powder recipe can be made in bulk, or divided to suit your needs (or the size of your washing powder container!)
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Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Bowl
  • Spoon for stirring
  • Measuring cups


Essential Oils

  • 2-3 drops preferred essential oils see notes


  • Combine all ingredients (except essential oil/s) in large bowl
    2 cups Washing Soda, 1½ cups Salt, 1½ cups Ground Coconut Soap, ¼ cup Sodium Bicarbonate
  • Transfer into airtight container of choice

To use

  • Add a tablespoon of Washing Powder, along with 2-3 drops of essential oil per load
    2-3 drops preferred essential oils


  • For lights and white loads, add 1/4 cup of Sodium Percarbonate along with the washing powder.  This is the natural oxygen bleach component used in many commercial 'Oxy' whitening products (without the nasty chemical additives).

Recommended Essential Oils:

  • Tea Tree
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemon Eucalyptus
  • Purify
  • Lavender

This recipe uses the following Ingredients

  • Washing Soda


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