DIY Natural Laundry Detergent… or not DIY ?

Lori YoungdahlUncategorized

toxin gas mask

I feel like I need one of these when I smell people’s dryer sheets and scents of their laundry. Ick. Headache. Toxic.

Make it in 10 minutes!

I have been searching for a good laundry soap for several years. I’ve tried several that I found at WholeFoods or Sprouts. They were  ok. I found it frustrating to discover that many of these “green” laundry soaps would get a poor evaluation from the Environmental Working Group.

I have boys and they get dirty and very stinky.  And I am not interested in using soap that has toxic synthetic scents that will disrupt my hormones or my boys (hey, I want to be a grandma some day…)

I’ve seen LOTS of recipes on Pinterest… but nearly all of them use the stinkin’ Fels Naptha (it has synthetic fragrance = hormone disrupters).

The reason why synthetic scents last longer is that the products contain “sticky molecules” that make the scent stick to as many surfaces as possible. That includes your sinuses and lungs. 



Take a bar of a good castille soap… Grate it. Cuisinart/ food processor = 60 seconds.

Take a bar of a good castille soap… Grate it. Cuisinart/ food processor = 60 seconds. 

 I chose Dr. Bronner’s because it is easy to find, it’s reasonably priced and they don’t use synthetic ingredients. I chose Eucalyptus because, well it makes me feel like I’m in a spa when I do laundry.  On a more practical note,  several of the bar soaps have almond oil and I have a son with a nut allergy.

Do what you can to get anything with synthetic fragrance out of your home – including the shampoos, laundry soap, body lotions, cosmetics, and household cleaners. The effects on the body happen slowly so we “think” they are harmless. The fact is, they are slowly accumulating until our body tells us there is a problem.

Unburden yourself insidious

Think about it. We wear clothes all day. Then we sleep on sheets all night. Babies don’t have fully developed detoxification systems and they don’t get to say what’s bothering them (like smelly sheets and clothes). We never escape from whatever we use to clean our laundry. Best bet is to make sure it’s not toxic.


Add dry ingredients to grated soap with the blade attachment in food processor. (see recipe below)


Blend until it resembles flour. (about 60 seconds)


Add your Young Living oils. I love the combination of Eucalytpus globulus and Lavender (20 drops of each). BLEND AGAIN to distribute oils evenly. (30 seconds)


Put the soap into a glass container with a lid. Mason jars work well too.


DIY Laundry Soap Recipe in 5 minutes (tried and true)

1 bar castille soap (Dr. Bronner’s or 1/3 of a Meyer’s bar soap)

1 Cup baking soda

1/2 Cup Oxiclean BABY  STAIN SOAKER*** (do NOT use Oxiclean it get’s a an “F” from EWG it must be the BABY STAIN SOAKER it gets an “A” from EWG) Most BabiesRUs carry it, have seen it at FRY’s.

1/2 Cup washing soda

1 1/2 teaspoons citric acid (I found it at Sprouts where they have bulk herbs)

20-40 drops Young Living essential oils (choose oils with antibacterial properties for best results)

Grate soap. Put 1/2 dry ingredients + 1/2 grated soap in food processor (to keep soap from sticking together), pulse powder. Continue until all ingredients are pulsed (pulverized).
Add 20-30 drops YL essential oils (I have used Eucalyptus globulus + Lavender but you might try Thieves or Melrose, Clove or Lemon )!
Pulse again. Store in airtight glass container.

TO USE: add 1/2 Tbs. per load or a full TBS if really dirty clothes. !
I have used this for months and it works great, clothes get clean and smell fresh without toxic synthetic fragrances. I also like to use white vinegar as a fabric softener in the compartment where it says “fabric softener” ! No, my clothes never come out smelling like vinegar.  I Promise.

Make your own “oxiclean” for stain soaker:

(this is best made as needed, it loses power if you make it ahead)!

1/2 C hydrogen peroxide!
1/2 C baking soda or washing soda (either one is ok)!
1 C water!
(some people have used without adding the 1C water and say it works fine)!


“Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) is a very harsh detergent found in almost all shampoos, detergents and more than a few toothpastes. Pick up a cross section of these products next time you visit the supermarket and you will find Sodium Lauryl Sulphate SLS or Sodium Lauryth Sulphate (SLES)  under the ingredients label. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate started its career as an industrial degreasant and garage floor cleaner. When applied to human skin it has the effect of stripping off the oil layer and then irritating and eroding the skin, leaving it rough and pitted. If you use a face wash with SLS and feel like you have a skin problem (too oily?) SLS may be stripping your skin and you skin overproduces oils to compensate.

I have found so many uses for essential oils:  supporting my kids immune systems, supporting muscle function, encourage proper nasal function, maintain healthy lung function, nervous system support during times of stress, support healthy bone structure, helps with muscle pain after exercise, prevention of nausea and vomiting associated with motion,  supporting my  dog’s immune in a big way,  soothing after a really tough day. They are versatile and I have found them to save my family literally thousands of $$$$ each year compared to the “old” way we used to support our health.


Make a note of the developmental toxicity of the compared brands. Makes ya think twice about the laundry soap… doesn’t it?


ARE YOU EXHAUSTED 🙁  just thinking about having yet another thing on your list to make? No problem. Young Living just came out with what I would call THE BEST LAUNDRY SOAP on the planet. It’s natural, it CLEANS my family’s clothes and it smells of a lovely faint citrus. Not the kind of smell that knocks you over like the stuff from the stores.

Try Thieves Laundry soap, 64 loads. Easy to use. Makes a great pre-treat if you put a little in one of those travel sized shampoo squirt bottles. Try it for yourself. You’ll be happy. I’m picky. I was happy with how it cleaned.