DIY Laundry Detergent using Essential Oils!

Happy Father's Day everyone!  I hope you're all enjoying great weather, cookouts, football; whatever Father's Day is for you and your family!

I'm going to keep this week's post short, as I know everyone needs to spend time with family.  But I still wanted to post something useful, so below I'm going to post two recipes for making your own laundry detergent using essential oils and natural ingredients.  Enjoy!

Basic Liquid Formula
  • 2 1/4 cups liquid castile soap
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp glycerin
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 20 (or so) drops of your favorite essential oil

Combine everything into a plastic container, squirt bottle, whatever your storage of choice is.  Shake well before adding to the wash.  Add 1/4 cup of this formula per average-size load; 1/2 cup for large or heavily soiled loads.

Basic Laundry Powder Formula
  • 1 cup washing soda (you can easily find this in your laundry aisle at the store)
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup soap flakes or finely grated pure bar soap (be sure the bar says "soap" and not "detergent"; you'd be surprised how much much "soap" isn't actually soap)
  • 20 (or so) drops of your favorite essential oil

Combine everything and store in a plastic container or your storage of choice.  Use 1/2 cup for an average load of laundry.

Below is a chart of essential oils that are good choices to use in laundry and why:
Oil Properties
Cedar Adds a clean, woodsy scent
Chamomile* Soothing (avoid if you have hayfever allergies)
Lavender Relaxing
Lemon Fresh, clean, stimulating; helps to whiten laundry
Peppermint Fresh & clean
Tea tree Antibacterial & antifungal
Sweet orange* Helps remove stains and whiten laundry (has a tint; don't add much)
Grapefruit Fresh, clean, stimulating; also helps to whiten; antibacterial

Next week, I'll be giving you a list of my "must have" essential oils.  If you're just starting out using essential oils, these are the ones you want to add to your collection!  Until then...

Peace, Love, & Natural Blessings,


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