I love using essential oils wherever I can in my house. I use essential oils for everything from diffusing oils into the air when someone has a cold to adding essential oils to cleaning supplies. My favorite essential oil laundry detergent recipe is so easy to make and saves my family a bundle on the cost of detergent!
I love making my own homemade laundry detergent because I get to add my favorite scents using essential oils.
This essential oil laundry detergent recipe is so simple and costs much less than traditional laundry detergent. The recipe makes about 12 cups of detergent and should clean about 48 loads of laundry.
This essential oil laundry detergent recipe will work both for traditional top-loading washing machines and High Efficiency (HE) washing machines.
Essential Oil Laundry Detergent Recipe for Hard or Soft Water
This essential oil laundry detergent recipe is completely customizable for you! Add your favorite essential oil blends or try my favorite oils listed below.
- 6 cups washing soda
- 3 bars grated coconut soap
- 30 drops essential oil (my favorite is a lavender/cedarwood mix)
- 3 cups borax
How to Make Essential Oil Laundry Detergent
Essential oil options:
Mix the powdered ingredients together. Grate the soap into small flakes using a cheese grater. If you leave the soap out to dry for a few days before mixing the detergent, the soap is a lot easier to grate.
Pour the soap flakes into the powdered mixture, then add the essential oils 10 drops at a time (10 lemon, 10 cedarwood, then 10 jasmine, for example). Stir the mixture after each 10 drop oil addition.
I like to add about 1/4 of a cup of detergent per load. If you have extremely hard water, you may want to adjust the amount of borax in the mixture, as borax acts as a water softener. If you have hard water, you may want to skip the borax altogether.
Use slightly less detergent in an HE machine to ensure the detergent rinses out completely.
I use the essential oil laundry detergent recipe as-is and it has always made our clothes clean, fresh, and smelling great!