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DIY laundry detergent

DIY Laundry Detergent

DIY laundry detergent. Homemade, all-natural laundry detergent with only the best ingredients.

When starting to look into healthier labels and ingredients, laundry detergent was one of the last things on my mind. As I slowly changed my way of living to a more natural and holistic approach, I realized that laundry detergent was a very important change I needed to make. Even in the most “natural” laundry detergent I could find, there were still ingredients listed that I did not like. Ahem, “fragrance”. In my mind, I didn’t have a choice. I needed to start making my own laundry detergent.

It took a few different ingredients, ratios, and essential oils, but I soon created the best DIY laundry detergent for my family. It doesn’t have an overwhelming smell. Mostly, our clothes come out smelling like clean clothes, not any sort of fragrance. Even though I add essential oil to the detergent. We are so used to that clean smell that it is such a turn off to smell clothing with the laundry detergent or softener smell. My husband is a police officer and even his sweaty, smelly, and sometimes bloody clothes come out smelling great.

Why Make Your Own DIY Laundry Detergent?

Your skin is your largest organ. Of course, you want to be putting only the healthiest things on your body. Your skin soaks up everything! Cue the sunscreen debate!

It’s cheaper! Especially when you buy your ingredients in bulk. And who doesn’t want to save money! Buy the ingredients in bulk, only make more when you need to, and save the rest in a closet. You’ll never run out and it will never go bad.

It’s easy! Seriously, it’s a dump and mix recipe that you can’t mess up. Even if you fudge the amounts, your DIY laundry detergent will still work. It’s a low stress recipe that is so much better for your health than store-bought, commercial laundry detergent that is filled with chemicals.

What You Need


Fill Container With Ingredients

Pour all of the ingredients into a glass container or jar. I keep my laundry detergent in a glass gallon container with a screw on lid for easy accessibility.

Mix The Ingredients

Stir or shake all of the ingredients until mixed. I screw on the container lid and shake until I think all of the ingredients are mixed really well.

Use Your Laundry Detergent

Place your container of laundry detergent in your laundry room. Use 1 tablespoon of detergent with each full load of laundry. Use 2 tablespoons of detergent with each full load of bedding or blankets.

Tip #1

Use distilled white vinegar in your wash. Vinegar helps to soften your clothes. Pour about a tablespoon into the washing machine with your clothes. This will help soften your clothes without using a laundry softener filled with “fragrance”.

Distilled white vinegar will also help to get rid of any stench on your clothes. It will take away mildew smells, dirty armpit smells, and dog smells. Pour about a tablespoon (or more) into the washing machine with your clothes and your clothes should be smelling clean (not fragrant, but clean).

Tip #2

Wool dryer balls will help dry your clothes faster. Throw at least 3 wool dryer balls into the dryer with your clothes and turn the dryer on a normal cycle. The dryer balls will help keep static away and dry your clothes faster. Put a few drops of essential oil on the wool dryer balls to make your clothes smell nice! I use the same orange essential oil that I put in my laundry detergent!

Let me know how you like this DIY laundry detergent in the comments! 🙂

DIY laundry detergent

DIY Laundry Detergent

Homemade, all-natural laundry detergent with only the best ingredients.


  • 3 cups washing soda
  • 3 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 3+ drops orange essential oil


  1. Pour all ingredients into a glass container or jar
  2. Stir or shake all ingredients until well mixed

Use one tablespoon per full load of laundry.

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