Mar 20 , 2019

How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent that Actually Works

homemade laundry detergent

Making homemade laundry detergent can help save you money, not to mention you can eliminate harmful ingredients that can hurt the environment and cause skin irritation. Plus, once you have the ingredients on hand, it’s easy to make.

Here are 10 laundry mistakes you didn’t know you were making.

Dr. Josh Axe, a certified doctor of natural medicine, is founder of the natural health website The website focuses on natural medicine and healthy lifestyles and includes a group of credentialed editors, writers and a Medical Review Board. Dr. Axe offers up this simple recipe for homemade laundry detergent.

Follow these 13 tips for washing your clothes.


1 bar grated castile soap

2 cups washing soda

1 cup baking soda

15 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

15 drops peppermint essential oil (optional)


Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container.

Use 1/4 cup per large load. Just adjust accordingly, especially for high-efficiency washers. You’ll get about 12 to 15 loads per recipe.

Why this Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe Works

Castile soap is made of plant oils and is gentle on skin, yet strong enough to thoroughly clean clothes.

Washing soda or sodium carbonate, is a highly effective natural cleaning agent that is a tough stain fighter.

Baking soda is inexpensive and is an effective non-toxic cleaning agent that is safe on skin and also if ingested.

Lavender essential oil (optional) adds a light fragrance to homemade laundry detergent. Just make sure it’s high quality, 100 percent pure lavender oil. Lavender oil also has antimicrobial properties so it works well as an addition to homemade laundry detergent.

Peppermint essential oil (optional) goes well with lavender and also has natural antimicrobial properties. As with lavender oil, make sure it’s a high quality oil.

Here are 12 safe, smart ways to use essential oils around your home.

Try this laundry trick to remove pet hair from your clothes and bedding.

Avoid using bleach and try these DIY laundry tricks instead.

Learn how to make homemade household cleaner with simple ingredients.

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Buy peppermint essential oil now on Amazon.

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