DIY Laundry Detergent

September 20, 2017

DIY Laundry Detergent

We have been making our own laundry detergent for over a year now. It is so easy to make. It’s free from those nasty chemicals and it is very cost effective. We are all in the garden most days getting very dirty. Our clothes come out squeaky clean and smelling amazing after being washed with this great laundry detergent.

Equipment Needed:

  • A measuring cup
  • 7.5 Litre bucket (I use a nappy bucket with a lid, excellent for storing the detergent)
  • Funnel to pour the detergent from the bucket into the containers (not necessary but certainly helpful when wanting to use different scents)
  • 1 hand blender or whisker



  • ¾ cup Castile Soap (I use Dr Bronner’s liquid castile soap)
  • ½ cup of Washing Soda
  • ½ cup of Baking Soda
  • 40-50 drops of Essential oil (I go between Lavender, Eucalyptus and Lemon Myrtle)


  1. Take your 7.5L bucket and pour about an inch of lukewarm water into the bottom of it.
  2. Add the dry powders (baking soda and washing soda).
  3. Add more water if necessary to cover the powders then take your hand mixer or whisker and blend the powders for a few minutes, or until it is fully blended and there are no clumps.
  4. Fill your bucket up almost all the way with tap water (any temperature is fine).
  5. Add the castile soap, and stir with a long-handled spoon.
  6. Using the funnel, pour into your containers.
  7. Add your essential oil of choice.

We use 1/2 to 1 cup depending on how big the load is.

Now you have 7.5Litres of Laundry Detergent at a fraction of the price. It amazes me how I have hardly made a dint in the ingredients and I would have easily made over 30Litres of detergent. It not only benefits your clothes, health and the environment, it also benefits your wallet.


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