Jun 15 2010

Make your own (DIY)……..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.


  1. Uilani Banister
    Posted April 26, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Posted By: Uilani Banister

    Can you use the hamemade laundry detergent in an “he” or high efficiancy washer that is not able to handle suds?

  2. Elizabeth
    Posted April 27, 2011 at 12:20 am | Posted By: Elizabeth

    Hi – yes it’s totally safe for HE washers -that’s what we have.

  3. Lisa
    Posted August 30, 2011 at 3:25 am | Posted By: Lisa

    Isn’t glycerin made from animal fat?? Can this be made without the glycerin?
    Also, is there any reason you couldn’t use the scented Br. Bronner’s?

  4. Elizabeth
    Posted August 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Posted By: Elizabeth

    Glycerine can be animal, vegetable or synthetic. I use vegetable from Heritage. NOW also has one. I get mine at Whole Foods. You can use scented Bronner’s if you want to but I like to buy large quantities of unscented and choose what essential oil I want to add to change the scent. That way I’m not locked into one scent and it I don’t have to worry about competing scents.

  5. Laura
    Posted September 4, 2011 at 1:40 am | Posted By: Laura

    HI Elizabeth my name is Laura….what about whites and stains? White socks are my downfall ive used bleach and oxyclean. I also have hard water. i recycle and im a vinegar and baking soda girl.i try to be as green as i can about every part of my life. but those whites are a killer….

  6. Ken
    Posted September 5, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Posted By: Ken

    Love this detergent. I’ve made two batches of it already and love how soft my clothes come out.

  7. Dianne
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Posted By: Dianne

    Hi Elizabeth, Would it work to use Dr. Bronners soap with the oil already in it? And can you mix the oils?
    Example: Use your recipe but, use 2 cups Dr. Bronners soap with lavendar oil and 1/4 cup Dr. Bronners soap with tea tree oil?

  8. Elizabeth
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Posted By: Elizabeth

    Hi Dianne, you have to use the essential oils and add it to the soap to fully get the antibacterial properties. Not sure if you saw, but I actually sell all the bottles and ingredients you need with the recipes in a kit on my webstore if you’re interested. I know it can be a little much going to all the different stores for everything!

  9. Minaz
    Posted January 7, 2012 at 8:59 am | Posted By: Minaz

    Hi Elizabeth, could you tell me what the shelf-life of this homemade detergent is? Sorry, it’s the first time I’m trying it out so you’re getting (perhaps) very basic questions from me? Thanks a lot for putting the recipe up 🙂 Cheers

  10. Elizabeth
    Posted January 28, 2012 at 3:24 am | Posted By: Elizabeth

    Hi Minaz,
    Any questions are always welcome! To be honest, I don’t know the shelf life because we use it up before that’s become an issue. A few months at least though.

  11. Kelli
    Posted February 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Posted By: Kelli

    Hi Elizabeth,

    Just found this website and am finding it very beneficial – thank you. I am wondering about the long term use of this detergent and if there is any color fading over time. I have used 7th generation detergents for years now and have not experienced any color fading at all. I can’t afford to have my clothes fade! Does everyone you know have success with this detergent?!!

  12. Elizabeth
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 1:16 am | Posted By: Elizabeth

    Hi Kelli, glad you like the site!
    No, I have not noticed any fading. I’ve found the biggest cause of fading to be putting clothes in the dryer, so I usually don’t.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>