I will be completely honest. I was very hesitant to switch over to homemade laundry detergent because I had this mindset that nothing could be better than my store bought favorite bestseller. I thought store bought smelled better.. store-bought would make my clothes smell fresher. However, when I looked at home much money I was spending on cleaning products, laundry detergent was a big part of the budget. I decided to take the plunge and try to make my own laundry detergent and ended up saving a ton of money!
Normally, with my “bestseller” I would be spending about $0.25 a load. With my DIY laundry detergent, each load is under $0.05!
DōTERRA CPTG essential oils can provide tough cleaner power like your normal detergent without the harsh chemicals and dyes that are included in most store-bought detergent. You can rest assured knowing that your families’ clothes are clean and smelling fresh with dōTERRA essential oils.
Some people would argue that Borax is not a good choice to use for laundry detergent but after doing a little bit of research on the Internet and spending countless hours weighing the pros and cons, I have decided to continue to use the Borax for my laundry uses.
All Natural Laundry Detergent
- 3 cups washing soda
- 3 cups of Borax
- 3 cups baking soda
- 2 bars of grated castile soap
- 30 drops of your favorite essential oil or blend
(Recommended: dōTERRA Lavender, Purify, or Lemon, OnGuard)
- Grate the castile soap with a cheese grater.
- In a large bowl, mix the borax, washing soda and baking soda.
- Toss the grated soap into a food processor. Now, add about 1 cup of the powdered mixture from the bowl. This allows the food processor to process the soap into smaller pieces without sticking to the blade.
- While the food processor is going, drop 25-30 drops of the essential oil into it. This allows the essential oil to blend evenly into the soap.
- Take the grated soap mixture out of the processor and add it to the bowl.
- Place mixture in a resealable glass container. Add about 1-2 tablespoons to each load of laundry.
Helpful Hint: Add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to the load as natural fabric softener. Makes about 1 gallon.
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