No Grate Powder DIY laundry Soap

This was a total fluke how I came to this solution! It first started when I was trying to be a “cool” mom and showed the girls a fun soap experiment I found on pinterest where you microwave a bar of Ivory Soap and it magically (scientifically) turns from a simple bar of soap into a cool cloud of giant fluff right before your eyes! Thanks “Our best Bites” for the great trick! The girls LOVED it!

The girls were fascinated to see the soap grow and bubble and almost fill the entire microwave! It was a huge hit! Soooo… after we had this giant cloud of soap that the girls were holding and helping fall apart I was like “What now?”

I had the littles put the huge pieces of soap cloud into a bowl and let them have fun breaking it up into tiny flakes! It crumbles so easily! We were left with this bowl of fluff!

THEN IT HIT ME!!!! For all of those who LOVE to make home made laundry soap THIS was a great way to get your Ivory soap prepped!

One of the steps that everyone complains about when it comes to making DIY laundry detergent is the step that required you to hand grate bars of soap! UGG!

Well “UGG” no longer! Pop your bar of Ivory soap into the microwave on top of a large piece of wax paper! Set your timer for about 3 min. but you’ll open the door well before that time runs out! When the bar of soap turns into a HUGE mass of fluff then you want to stop the microwave. Each microwave is so different it’s hard to tell you an exact amount of time!

Be careful when you first touch it, it might be hot in certain spots! When it is completely cool put all the fluff into a bowl and break it up by hand! AND your done!

DIY Laundry Detergent!

  • 3 Bars of Ivory Soap prepped in the microwave to turn into fluff! Do one bar at a time!
  • 1 Box of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda 55oz.
  • 1  4 lb 12 oz Box Borax
  • 1  4lb Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

Mix together and store! Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load. Perfect for High Efficiency washers! This batch will last you FOREVER!!!

*** You can also add Oxyclean to the mix for extra umph!

Watch the soap in action…


100 0005 from Rebecca Dulgarian on Vimeo.



  1. 1
    Mary Brown says:

    Just might have to try this. Looks like a good idea. :) Thanks for sharing!

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    christina says:

    So awesome! That’s how I made my dove body wash yesterday (i only did 90 seconds per dove bar)—go check my fb page to see how I did it-SUPER easy. I did the liquid laundry (using gain dishwashing/borax/washing soda) this go around-I will try this one the next go around!

  3. 4

    We did that same experiment a few months ago at my moms house- the kids LOVE it! Never thought about making my own detergent with it though- you are smart!

  4. 5

    could this be done with any bar of soap or does it have to be Ivory? I haven’t used Ivory for detergent yet…

    • 6

      Ivory was the soap I read that worked. I tried another brand and it did not work. For whatever reason Ivory is the best!

      • 7

        ok thank you! ;)

      • 8

        Fells Naptha works as well and you can find it next to the other ingredients usually. I won’t use Ivory because they use tallow and just harsh chemical surfactants and pthalates that I refuse to put on my skin. I haven’t been able to find the info on Fells Naptha yet, but now I’ll go searching to see if I should use it. :)

        • 9

          Correction, it’s Fels Naptha and they also use the same ingredients, so it’s all in what you want to use, really. Homemade soaps with nothing added are also great from what I hear so I will try that.

  5. 10

    Thanks for the tip. Can’t wait to try it!

  6. 11

    I do this with Fels Naptha Soap, but I warm it up to where its soft. Then put it in an old blender used for soap only, and blend it up. So much easier then grating the bar of soap!

  7. 12

    Just made a HUGE batch of laundry soap this past weekend. I grate my soap with an electric grater, then throw it in the dishwasher, it is only soap after all, isn’t that what you wash your dishes with too?! I actually mix all mine with a box of TIDE, because I find with our water, it just doesn’t keep the whites bright otherwise. But it sure does stretch out that one expensive box of detergent. Next time I will have to keep this in mind and try it with Ivory, and see how that works too.

  8. 13

    Quite different from the recipe I’ve used for 3 years……might have to give this a whirl,,,,

  9. 14

    Never thought of this method with the bar of soap. I found a $5 salad shooter at the thrift storeto use for my bars. I could have saved $5 if I’d known this method!! Recently I found a laundry recipe that added 1 bottle of Purex Crystals to your same recipe and was really impressed with it. It’s a laundry enhancer. Even adding this it’s STILL cheaper than traditional laundry detergent. They also gave you the option of 3 bars Fels Naptha, OR Zote. Have heard different soaps act differently in different water ph so we should try different ones for best results.

    • 15
      Heather says:

      If you look at the ingredients in the Purex Crystals is primarily salt & fragrance. You can use epsom salt & mix it with essential oils & you have a very similar product. I just made a batch using a 2 lb box of epsom salt (88 cents at Wal-Mart with about 30 drops of essential oils {Michael’s around $5 but it lasts a while & I got a coupon online which made it cheaper (= }

  10. 16

    First time here! You have lovely daughters Becca and can I just say your photos are gorgeous! :) Keep it up and just continue making and experimenting and succeeding! Haha! Those words are almost synonymous for me! :D

  11. 17

    Loved this method! I’ve grated soap for homemade laundry detergent before and it is NOT fun. I loved this method so much more, and will continue to use it for my next batches! I even added your idea and linked to your site on my latest post here:

    Thank you for sharing this!

  12. 18

    You can also use the “exploded’ ivory soap while it is warm and add flower petals and essencial oils to it and reform into smaller balls to give as gifts

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    Thank you so very much sharing , grating that soap was the worst!!!

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    We loved this. It was fun and efficient. But I’m wondering if you guys found the smell of the soap and the powder it made overwhelming to the senses? It made us cough and sneeze. Did you have this problem? Going to break it up outside next time.

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    Crystal says:

    I think this is a great idea and I really want to give it a go. But I was just wondering if it is good for cold water wash, and do you ever have any reisidue left on your clothing.

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