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)


  1. Grate the castile soap with a cheese grater.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the borax, washing soda and baking soda.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Take the grated soap mixture out of the processor and add it to the bowl.
  6. 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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