Liquid Laundry Detergent

If you look at a container of laundry detergent, you will see a list of unnecessary ingredients that are putting toxins in our clothes, then through our skin into our bodies.

There is no need to wonder what is in your laundry soap if you make your own! You will also be helping the environment when you stop buying all those containers and start reusing the same one each time you make a new batch

Another bonus is that you can change the scent depending on your mood or need each time you make it. Essential oils all have different beneficial qualities; each that may suit your families needs at a different time.

For example, if someone in the house is sick you may want to use Eucalyptus. If you’re susceptible to yeast infections then Tea Tree Oil would be your choice.

Often the ‘perfumes’ or ‘scents’ that is added to products are the most toxic, so it’s comforting knowing your clothes will only be scented by organic essential oils.

Here is the basic formula (feel free to use the essential oil of your choosing).

2 1/4 Cup Liquid Castile Soap (I use Dr. Barron’s)

1/4 Cup Distilled White Vinegar (I use Organic – try Whole Foods)

1 Tablespoon Glycerin

3/4 Cup Water

10-15 Drops Essential oil  (I like Lemongrass, my husband likes lavender – both have antibacterial qualities).

Combine all the ingredients, put them in an empty laundry container – done!

Shake before using. Use 1/4 cup for small loads, 1/2 cup for larger loads.

Last modified on Tuesday, March 01, 2011


  1. Jennifer
    Posted April 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Posted By: Jennifer

    Thanks for this! I’m looking for a non-toxic laundry detergent, and I’m excited to try this. Did you mean Dr. Bronner’s castile soap? (I couldn’t find Dr. Barron’s)

    Glad I found your site (through a Google search for the detergent). Thanks again.

  2. katie
    Posted April 23, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Posted By: katie

    most recipes for homemade laundry soap ive found have borax and washing soda in it, why doesnt this one? could it help if i added some?

    • Mark G
      Posted March 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Posted By: Mark G

      Katie, just don’t use 20 mule. They test on animals. There is a source for cruelty free borax but it’s online.

      And you can make your own cruelty-free washing soda from baking soda. Just look it up online.

    • Neil
      Posted March 29, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Posted By: Neil

      Borax and Arm&Hammer Washing Soda recipes, which our family currently uses, will most definitely give you a higher yield per dollar versus this particular recipe. Additionally, they are also easier to find as most American grocers have carried them for nearly a century. However, castille soap is now becoming more readily available from big box stores ie. Meijer, Walmart, Target, etc. Elizabeth is a vegan/vegetarian and probably chooses the olive oil (plant based) products instead of Borax which is sodium based. FYI-use 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar as a substitute for fabric softener. Finishes clean smelling, sanitizes, all-natural and sold by the gallon.

  3. Posted May 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Posted By: julesgoesgreen

    Thanks so much for this! I have been thinking of this for quite some time! I am a newish blogger and have been wanting to post on this. If you don’t mind I will post your recipe and link it back to you. Thanks! You are very inspiring!

  4. carol
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Posted By: carol

    Anyone know how this works in high efficiency machines.

    • Posted June 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Posted By: Charlene

      I’ve made and used both the dish and the laundry soap (in my high efficiency washer) and love it. I’ve save so much money it’s not funny. I made the laundry soap and they say you can get 508 loads of it (well I say it depends on the size your family) I only the only hand made it and it last my family for 2 months. I love this I told my husband since I’m a stay at home mom of 5 & an entrepreneur I’m totally adding this to my to do list. I’m making my whole house toxic and safe while doing it all for cheap. (Myself) 🙂 Once I’ve completed all I’m going to do I’m going to move it all into a website once it’s completed.

  5. Posted June 30, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Posted By: Dinah

    Could I also use this as a dishwashing liquid? Or is there a better receipe for dishwashing liquid? I made your natural bug spray and love it. I am now making the liquid laundry detergent. Love your site and thank you for the natural products for me and my family.

  6. Natalie
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Posted By: Natalie

    Do we need to add glycerin?

  7. Mark G
    Posted March 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Posted By: Mark G

    Pretty costly for a vegan laundry soap. I think I’ll stick with Ecos Free & Clear or Method. Both are suitable for vegans.

    • Posted June 21, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Posted By: Charlene

      I can hardly see where it was that costly. It only cost me 20.00 and that is for a family of 7 for two months.

    • Bethany
      Posted September 1, 2014 at 2:57 pm | Posted By: Bethany

      I agree on the basis that I have 7 people in my household, and we use Ecos. I can purchase it at Sam’s Club and it will last me a little over 4 months in my HE washer. I pay almost $14 for that bottle. Now if I made my own soap at a cost of around $20 every 2 months, I would be spending about $26 more dollars making my own. Would it be healthier, probably but we are commenting on the cost at this point.

  8. Hieke HOrjus
    Posted October 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm | Posted By: Hieke HOrjus

    You say “oil” in the video but it says “soap” in the recipe. I live in Holland so i’ve to look here for a simular ingredient.

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