//Washing/Laundry Powder (no borax) With Added Fabric Softener

Washing/Laundry Powder (no borax) With Added Fabric Softener

We have been making our own washing powder for a while now and have played around with this recipe a few times. We have added the Epsom salts, which we love because it softens the water and from our research, it acts as a type of fabric softener. You could, however, leave it out as it doesn’t make your clothes any cleaner.

FAQ:  Why no borax?
A:  This is really a personal choice, but from our investigations, we have chosen not to use it.  It can be a naturally occurring substance, but although natural, it doesn’t always mean it’s safe.   We wouldn’t like to be breathing this in from the dust it will create in your Thermo machine.


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We would absolutely love you to leave us a comment below and let everyone know what you think. It’s comments like this that make our day, and help us improve a recipe if we need to. We look forward to reading what you think.

Tracey and Jo

February 20, 2018
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  • 500 g pure & natural powdered coconut soap
  • 200 g epsom salts
  • 500 g washing soda
  • 500 g bicarb soda
  • essential oil of choice - link above


  1. Chop your soap with a knife into large bits then put into mixing jug and blitz 20secs/speed 9. Scrape and repeat (you want it super fine so it will break down in cold water).
  2. Add Epsom salts, washing soda and bicarb and blitz again for 30 secs/speed 4.
  3. Turn your machine onto speed 2 and while this is mixing, drizzle the oil through the hole in your lid.
  4. Now give it a good mix on speed 7 for approx. 3 secs.
  5. Store in an airtight container. If you find it goes a bit hard due to moisture, just blitz in your machine again for 3-5 secs/speed 7.


  1. Jackie Marquett May 15, 2018 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    LOVE this recipe. It’s a cheap toxin free washing powder. I sneeze just having to walk down the washing powder aisle (has my dish clothes in it). I’m so glad to be able to make a washing powder that’s great for sensitive skin without paying a fortune for it.

  2. Nicole Wilks July 30, 2018 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Have just made another batch. I love this washing powder, Simple to make in thermi and soooo cheap.

    • Tracey July 30, 2018 at 11:47 am - Reply

      Thanks for the review and so happy you are loving this 🙂

  3. Abigail September 5, 2018 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Is any soap okay to use or do you need a particular soap bar?

    • Tracey September 7, 2018 at 1:18 pm - Reply

      The recipe calls for velvet soap but any pure, unscented soap should be fine.

  4. Jo October 14, 2018 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Just made this washing powder – do you only need 1/4 cup per load. Thanks for the recipe. I would never have known.

    • Joanne October 15, 2018 at 7:28 am - Reply

      Hi Jo, yes, about 1/4 of a cup is fine 🙂

  5. Cara October 27, 2018 at 11:41 am - Reply

    I’ve been making this washing powder since purchasing my Thermomix almost 12 months ago, but have just realised Velvet Soap is made with palm oil 😩
    Now I’m on the hunt for an alternative. Any suggestions?

    • Shane October 29, 2018 at 8:12 am - Reply

      Hi Cara
      Thanks for your comment. Tricky one! We are also against Palm Oil and the processes in gaining the oil and the destruction it is causing the forests. If the palm oil is sourced through a correctly authorised plantation it might be ok. You might just need to do a little research to who and where though. As far as an alternative, any natural soap would be fine but you may need to shop around and find one that you are happy to use that has no palm oil or fragrances.
      We have a couple of liquid-based options available on our website.

  6. Rebecca November 28, 2018 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    Hi. What are the best essential oils to use and how much do I use?



    • Shane November 30, 2018 at 9:00 am - Reply

      Hi Rebecca
      Totally up to you and what you best like. I personally like Litsea.

  7. Liz Kimmel December 12, 2018 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Is this recipe ok for front load washing machines?

    • Tracey December 13, 2018 at 8:21 am - Reply

      yes it sure is 🙂

  8. Nicole Muirhead December 19, 2018 at 5:27 am - Reply

    How many drops of essential oils ?

    • Tracey December 20, 2018 at 2:42 pm - Reply

      As many as you wish to use to get the smell right and this depends on the oils as well. I prefer to use the cheaper oils like lemon or lavender, and around 20-30 drops of each, but others only use 10 drops. Each a personal choice 🙂 Tracey

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