Learn how to make 5 gallons of laundry soap for less than $2! It works great and is so simple to make.
Making laundry soap is a great place to start when trying to get rid of conventional items from your home. It’s easy, works, and is extremely cost-effective.
It takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish to make 5 gallons of all-natural laundry soap. I have been using this soap for six years and it has saved me so much money. You can use your choice of essential oils to fit the scent you are looking for.
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HOMEMADE LAUNDRY SOAP WITH ESSENTIAL OILS INGREDIENTS
- 1 cup borax (where to buy borax)
- 1/2 cup washing soda (where to buy washing soda)
- 1 Fels Napa soap bar, 5 ounces (Or a Homemade Laundry Soap Bar)
- 5-gallon bucket with lid (I use one similar to this one)
- Cheese grater ( I use one similar to this one. I keep this one in the laundry room and have a different one for the kitchen)
- 30-50 drops of essential oils of choice (I list my favorites below)
HOMEMADE LAUNDRY SOAP WITH ESSENTIAL OILS INSTRUCTIONS
- Add 1/2 gallon of water to your bucket. Stir in borax and washing soda.
- Shred your soap bar with the cheese grater—melt soap shreds in 1 cup of water over medium heat. Stir often.
- Add melted soap to the bucket and stir well.
- Add essential oils of choice.
- Fill the bucket the rest of the way with water. Stir until all ingredients are well combined.
- Let sit overnight and then shake the bucket really well.
NOTES: I like to pour the detergent in a 1/2 gallon jar for easier handling. You can also store it in old laundry soap containers. Shake well before each use. Use 1/2 cup of detergent per load.
BEST ESSENTIAL OILS FOR LAUNDRY SOAP
- LAVENDER- Lavender is a very calming, relaxing essential oil with a lovely floral smell. This one is my favorite for laundry soap.
- WILD ORANGE- Invigorating, uplifting, and cleansing; wild orange is perfect for your laundry soap. It adds a fresh scent to your clean clothes.
- MELALEUCA- Melaleuca is a purifying and cleansing essential oil. If you ever forgot to put wet laundry straight in the dryer when it is done, add 2-3 drops to the wet clothes and add to the dryer.
- PEPPERMINT- If you like a fresh, minty scent, then this will be your oil. Peppermint makes a wonderful scent for your homemade laundry soap.
- EUCALYPTUS- Eucalyptus is a great oil to add to your laundry soap during times of sickness. The oil will freshen clothes and kill germs.
- LEMONGRASS- This citrus oil has an earthy smell and makes a great scent, especially for men.
- ROMAN CHAMOMILE- Another calming essential oil and great for kids. Roman chamomile adds a beautiful floral scent.
- CEDARWOOD- Another one for the men in your life. Cedarwood has a woodsy scent that most men enjoy and it has cleansing properties making it great for your soap.
- PATCHOULI- Either you love it or hate it. I am a patchouli lover and am obsessed with the scent. This is another favorite of mine for laundry.
- JASMINE- If you want to smell like a bed of flowers all day, then add jasmine to your laundry soap. Jasmine is very calming and can help with stress and anxious feelings.
HOMEMADE LAUNDRY SOAP WITH ESSENTIAL OILS BLENDS
- 20 drops wild orange
- 15 drops lemon
- 10 drops lime
- 5 drops grapefruit
- 20 drops lavender
- 15 drops jasmine
- 10 drops pachouli
- 5 drops clary sage
GENTLE FOR BABY
- 25 drops lavender
- 10 drops roman chamomile
- 20 drops eucalyptus
- 15 drops melaleuca
- 10 drops lemon
- 5 drops peppermint
HOMEMADE FABRIC SOFTENER
- 1/2 gallon white vinegar
- 1 cup baking soda
- 10 drops clove essential oil
- 5 drops of lemon essential oil
- Combine all the ingredients in a gallon-size container.
- Shake until all ingredients are mixed well.
- Add 1/4 cup to each load.
HOMEMADE ALL NATURAL BLEACH
- 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
- 10 drops of lemon essential oil
Mix ingredients together and add to the bleach compartment of the washing machine.
“GET YOURSELF SOME DRYER BALLS!”
Real-wool dryer balls are a non-toxic way to soften your fabrics.
It truly works! HERE is where I get mine.
And, you can throw a few drops of lavender or orange essential oil on them before you throw them in. Your family will thank you.
I use to add a few drops of lavender to a clean sock or washcloth and add it to the dryer. I thought it was doing the same thing as dryer balls until I actually got dryer balls.
Dryer balls have made my clothes softer and they dry faster than before.
Let’s talk laundry! If you have any more recipes, share them with me. I love to hear from you and bounce new ideas off each other.
I hope this post was helpful and you will find these recipes useful.
HOMEMADE LAUNDRY SOAP WITH ESSENTIAL OILS PRINTABLE
- 1 cup Borax
- 1/2 cup washing soda
- 5 ounces fels napa soap, 1 soap bar
- 50 drops essential oils
- 5 gallons of water
- Add 1/2 gallon of water to your bucket, stir in washing soda and borax.
- Shred soap bar with a cheese grater.
- Melt soap shreds in 1 cup of water over medium heat. Stir often.
- Add melted soap to a 5-gallon bucket and stir well.
- Add essential oils of choice.
- Fill the bucket the rest of the way with water.
- Let sit overnight and then shake well.
Shake well before each use. Use 1/4 cup per load.
CHECK OUT MY OTHER DIY RECIPES USING YOUR ESSENTIAL OILS
- DIY DETANGLER SRRAY
- DIY LIP BALM
- SHOWER MELTS
- HOMEMADE DEODORANT
- DIY DRY SHAMPOO FOR LIGHT AND DARK HAIR
- NATURAL CLEANING PRODUCTS
- SEA SALT SPRAY FOR WAVY HAIR
- GEL DISH SOAP