Homemade Essential Oil Laundry Detergent

Happy Sunday everyone!! I am so excited to share this DIY recipe with you all today. It’s quick, easy and saves you lots.

Does the thought of creating your own laundry detergent send you running for the hills? I felt the same way when I first started making my own cleaning concoctions at home. Conventional brands have so many ingredients and I thought there must be a reason why nobody makes it themselves. Well, turns out it’s simple 4 ingredient combo that will get your clothes clean and smelling fresh. And it’s inexpensive unlike most eco labelled laundry detergent. Win Win! 



Laundry Detergent Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Super Washing Soda
  • 1 Cup Borax
  • 1 Bar of Grated Soap ( I use Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap)
  • 20 drops Essential Oils (I like Purity, Lemon and Lime). 


I used Lemon, Lime, and Purify for this batch. You can also use lavender, wild orange or event eucalyptus essential oils based on your preference!


The shredding is the hardest part, I promise! 


Drop by Drop this mixture is smelling better and better. 


Mixing everything together is by far the best part of the process. 


This finished product. The above picture is after I sent it through the food processor to make sure it’s smooth and easily dissolved in the washer. 

How to make the Laundry Detergent: 

  1. Grate the soap. I use a hand grater to get this done but you can also use a food processor. 
  2. Combine the Washing Soda and Borax together in a medium size bowl. Stir together. 
  3. Add the grated soap to the bowl. 
  4. Drop your essential oils into the mix and stir again. 
  5. After everything is combined, I throw it into a food processor to smooth away any remaining chunks of soap. 
  6. Store in an airtight container until ready to use! 
  7. I generally use about 1 tbsp. per load unless it’s a heavily soiled batch of laundry in which case I’ll use 2 tbsp. 

Each batch makes about 30 loads worth of detergent. Sometimes I will double the batch so I only have to do it every few months. 

That’s all there is to it. A powerful and clean scented laundry detergent that you can feel good about using! 


Hope you all enjoy. Let me know how it turns out!

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