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Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent with Essential Oils

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Have you ever thought of making your own Liquid Laundry Detergent? You can take a look at my DIY Best Laundry Detergent here!

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent Pinterst - Best laundry detergent

Best Laundry Detergent- Using Natural Ingredients

I try to make natural living choices with my household products whenever possible. Of course this means I often purchase natural and organic things from the store, but sometimes that may not be feasible.

When we are talking about natural or “Chemical Free”, be sure to note that we are referring to those unpronounceable chemicals that come in a lot of commercial detergents. Technically even vinegar you cook with is a chemical, but you get the idea! Hope this laundry detergent is one you love and can feel good about using in your household!

Making Your Own Liquid Laundry Detergent Compared to Commercial Detergents:

Whether you are looking into making your own homemade liquid laundry detergent because of a tight budget, availability of brands that will work for your family, or just personal preference, you can make your own!

It really isn’t rocket science, and you don’t need a lot of special tools you have to purchase ahead of time. I know when I very first considered making my own detergent and cleaners for around the house, the price I invested was important to me.

Would I have to purchase specific measuring tools? Jars and lids which I didn’t have already? Would there be one ingredient I had to special order and would outweigh any savings I was seeing on not buying a commercial detergent? These factors are always important to consider.

The good news is that with this DIY laundry detergent, you don’t have a lot of expensive things to purchase ahead of time. Yes, you do need to find the ingredients for the recipe itself. You can calculate the cost ahead of time if you’re concerned with how much the total will add up to, or if you’re comparing it to something you already buy and use at home.

You will notice we didn’t use Borax. Borax is marketed as a green product but it contains phosphates and chlorine and can irritate the skin. We decided we just didn’t want those chemicals going on our skin. So we wanted something that was safer. EWG does not recommend using Borax to clean your home.

One thing you may find you want to invest in, however, is a nice pretty container to store your detergent in.

What You Need:

First, you need Washing Soda as pictured above. This differs from baking soda, so do not substitute. Then you will need baking soda too! I recommend a large pack which can be found in the cleaning aisle. 

Then you will need castile soap.  They have this at Walmart and most drug stores, and also Amazon.  I like the unscented but scented is fine if that’s all you have available. 

The one thing you may not have around the house is a large bucket. I would highly recommend using a dedicated bucket for this purpose. You want to limit the possibility that your laundry detergent ingredients do not mix with dirt and grime (like from a mop bucket) or other chemicals and cleaners.

I use Essential Oils for this recipe.  For my first batch I used lemongrass but you can use lavender, purification, Thieves and more.

Scenting Your Laundry Detergent

This mixture is not thick (viscous) so add your scent slowly to end up with the strength you want. I use Essential Oils for this recipe. For my first batch I used lemongrass but you can use lavender, purification, Thieves and more.

Use an Essential Oil you love and don’t mind on the entire family’s clothing and towels. Remember, dad may love the essential oils but may not want his work clothes to smell like roses! 😉

It’s always important to use Pure Essential oils that are safe. Do your homework and always do a test with what you use. I use Young Living essential oils because I know for a fact they are pure and I have even been to their farm to see for myself how they are made. Remember the FDA says you are only required to have 5-10 % pure oil to be able to slap PURE on the bottle so always research what you use like I did to make sure there are no harsh chemicals in your oils.

Using Your Detergent

DIY Best Laundry Detergent here!

Remember, when you’re comparing prices, always check against how much detergent is required per load. Think about how many measuring cups you are getting out of your current store-bought detergent, and then compare to the DIY. I repurpose an old laundry detergent carton lid for my own detergent.

Hopefully this will save you a lot of money! Of course, prices vary by region so it’s important to do your own price comparison. I hope this ends up being a detergent recipe you love and use long term! Let us know how you like it!

Print Your Liquid Laundry Detergent DIY How-To Here:

Yield: 2 gallons

DIY Liquid Laundry Detergent with Essential Oils

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap (1 of 1)

This easy DIY detergent is frugal and uses no unpronounceable ingredients!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • 5 gallon bucket
  • 1/2 cup Washing Soda
  • 2 gallons distilled water
  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda
  • 3/4 cup liquid Castile soap
  • 20-30 drops essential oil: Recommended- Lemongrass
  • 2 Gallon Glass Jar- glass is important for anything containing essential oils

Instructions

    Add your washing soda and baking soda to a 5 gallon bucket.
    Fill to the 2 gallon line with water.
    Add 3/4 cup castile soap (liquid).
    Stir gently with long spoon
    Add Essential Oils
    Stir gently again.
    Pour into glass container with spigot.

Notes

Use 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup per load. Do not add dyes or food coloring to detergent as these may stain clothing!

Safety: As with all household products, Keep away from children, and label to identify this detergent if it may be mistaken for another product.

Enjoy!

Did you make this project?

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Disclaimer: I am not a health care professional, I am in no way trying to represent myself as a health care professional. I am only sharing my personal experiences. Always check with your doctor before trying anything new!

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4 Comments

    1. Yes it’s normal to have to stir it after sitting for a couple of days. You have to remember you are using less chemicals (all those chemicals that keep store bought laundry detergent from separating) I know it’s a tiny inconvenience but just think about how much money you are saving and better ingredients on your skin. I hope this helps and I am so glad you loved it!

  1. I made your liquid laundry detergent and it was really easy and came out fine. The dispenser I put in has a lid but it is not sealed. I haven’t used it for a few days and it seems to have separated, there was white floaty, strings in it. I stirred it up and am using it on a load so I hope it comes out fine. What I am wondering is if this is normal or does it need a sealed lid? That was my intention to begin with but at the time I made it I did not have one and I have just not been able to get one yet. Let me know what you think and if you think I should throw it out and start over or go ahead and use it.

    Thanks!!

    1. Yes it’s normal to have to stir it after sitting for a couple of days. You have to remember you are using less chemicals (all those chemicals that keep store bought laundry detergent from separating) I know it’s a tiny inconvenience but just think about how much money you are saving and better ingredients on your skin. I hope this helps and I am so glad you loved it!

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