I started removing the chemicals from my home over a year ago. Part of that journey included changing my laundry soap to something without chemicals. I started by using the Young Living Laundry Detergent. It is liquid which works better for me in the hard water. But when it wasn’t available for a week, I decided to give a DIY laundry detergent a try.
Searching for hints on the best recipes online, I was worried our clothes wouldn’t get cleaned. My husband had done some work for the company, Borax, years ago and he was impressed with their product. I had used Borax for getting rid of roaches and fighting fleas, but I hadn’t thought about using it in the washer. Although my husband often does use it in the washer.
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One recipe I found I decided to try. It actually works. I love it because it is easy and takes minutes for me to mix up a batch.
I use empty detergent bottles from Young Living and put the leftovers into a glass jar. The bottles are rinsed thoroughly so they are ready to receive the new detergent.
I use one cup of Borax, washing soda, and Castile liquid soap. I also use regular tap water and essential oils from Young Living. Every time I make the laundry detergent, I can choose the scent for my clothes that week!
DIY Laundry Detergent
I’m using Borax in this recipe because my husband loves it and it works well in hard water. I’m currently looking for an inexpensive replacement for Borax. This recipe takes only 10 minutes from start to finish and creates about 60 large loads of laundry detergent.
- 1 cup Borax
- 1 cup Washing Soda
- 1 cup Castile liquid soap
- 17 cups tap water
- 10 to 20 drops Essential Oils – your choice
Heat 6 cups of water in a large saucepan to boiling. Then remove from heat.
Pour in the Borax and stir until dissolved.
Pour in the Washing Soda until it is dissolved.
Add the Castile liquid soap and stir.
Add in the remaining 11 cups of water.
Pick out the Essential Oils to use and add 10 to 20 drops. I like Young Living Purification blend with either Lavender for a flowery smell or Orange, Citrus Fresh, or Lemon for a bright scent.
Pour the laundry detergent into bottles you have clean and waiting for it. If there is any leftover soap, use a glass jar with a lid.
Use a quarter cup per load for small loads, and for hard water, use a half a cup.
Let me know what you think of the recipe! I enjoy using it for our clothes and towels!