Laundry pods are scary-they look like candy, which means they’re not safe to have around kiddos.
They’re also not exactly natural. At least not the ones that I’ve found.
But dang if they aren’t convenient.
Which is why I thought I’d try my hand at making my own laundry pods.
And you know what? They turned out pretty well!
I also love that they last (when they’re stored in an airtight container) for quite a while, which means I only have to make a few batches to get me through a couple month’s laundry loads.
And it helps that the storage container I use is really super cute.
Please note that the mix gets a little warm, so this isn’t something that I’d recommend that you do with your kiddos.
Also, see how to make your own dryer sheets!
Stain Fighting DIY Laundry Pods
Ingredients for DIY Laundry Pods
- 1 bar White Zote Soap
- 1 bottle of Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Scent Booster (you can also use Snuggle-it works just fine)
- 6 full scoops of Oxi Clean Free and Clear
- 4 cups of washing soda
- ½ cup of Borax
- ½ to 1 cup white vinegar
- Rubber gloves/ large spoon
Directions for DIY Laundry Pods
Grab all of your ingredients and put on your gloves. Open the Zote soap and use a cheese grater to grate your soap. If you’re using a box grater, use the finer side as it will be easier to mix the remaining ingredients with.
Once you’ve grated all of your soap, you’ll want to add the Oxi Clean, Washing Soda, Borax, and Scent Booster.
Using a large spoon or whisk, mix everything together until it’s all fully incorporated.
Now you’ll want to be careful. Very slowly (like snail’s pace slowly), add the vinegar 1/4 cup at a time. There will be a slight chemical reaction when you add the vinegar, causing the mixture to warm up, so make sure that you are very, very careful.
Using your spoon, gently mix everything together until the powder is slightly wet.
Using your spoon, fill the silicone molds with the mixture. Please note that the mixture will be warm, so you can either use your fingers or the back of the spoon to pat the tops smooth.
Allow your laundry pods to dry thoroughly (approximately 24-48 hours), then pop them out and store them in an airtight container until you’re ready to use. Check out my bath bomb recipe too!
I use one pod for a medium load of clothes, and 2 pods for large loads (like my towels). Nothing beats fresh and clean clothes!
Do you make your own laundry soap?