Hobbit House Powder Homemade Laundry Soap

These are the powdered laundry soaps used at the Hobbit House. 


 Washing Soda Borax Fels-Naptha Zote


Powder Homemade Laundry Soap #1

  • 1 cup washing soda 
  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 bar Fels-Naptha soap
  • 4 ounces OxiClean
  • Container with airtight lid
  • Use 2-4 Tablespoons, depending on the size of the load. Makes about 60 loads.
  • Cost per load: About 6-12 cents


Powder Homemade Laundry Soap #2


  • 1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax- Found in the detergent aisle
  • 1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda- Found in the detergent aisle 
  • 1 (3 lb) Container of OxyClean- Found in the detergent aisle
  • 2 (14.1 oz) Bars of Zote Soap- Found in the detergent aisle (You can also use Fels Naptha)
  • 5 cups Baking Soda
  • To fragrance this soap, 2 Bottles of Purex Crystals Fabric Enhancer- Found in the detergent aisle, or any substitute. 
  • Prices vary but all these ingredients cost in my area about $30. Now I won't be bothered with purchasing and lugging soap into the house a few times a year. 


  1. Grate Zote or Fel-Naptha soap with cheese grater or food processor.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bucket.
  3. Use 2 -4 Tablespoons per laundry load. I find 1/4 - 1/2 cup is more convenient since a cup measurer comes with the OxyClean.

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