DIY: Liquid Laundry Detergent

Laundry detergent is one of those items that I just wasn't confident in switching over until I started researching laundry detergent and washing clothes. 

Did you know that most of the washing happens with the agitation and the water alone? Any dirt based stains are washed off. However for all those oil based stains you do need something

I wasn't happy with using All Free & Clear and since ditching so many chemicals in our home I wasn't a fan of the smell either. I needed something that would work, was affordable and was easy to make. 

I did a lot of research trying to figure out what would be the easiest for me to make and after combining a couple of recipes I found while researching came up with this! 

Liquid Laundry Detergent

17 cups of hot water
1 cup of baking soda
1/3 cup of epsom salt
1 cup of castile soap
20 drops of Lavender essential oil
3 capfuls of Thieves household cleaner

Mix the hot water, baking soda and epsom salt in a jar. Shake well. Then add the castile soap. Shake well. Drop in your essential oil and your Thieves household cleaner. Shake again. This makes 1 gallon of detergent. 

I bought this lovely jar here on Amazon.

You will have to shake each time before you use it as the ingredients separate out. 

I use 1/4-1/2 a cup of detergent depending on the size of laundry load. 

Super easy. Smells great. No worries about chemicals on our clothes! 

These two products do a lot of work in our home. We use Thieves Household Cleaner for everything! Love that it is so concentrated that it lasts forever! 

Lavender essential oil is something that we cannot be without. We use it in a ton of our DIY products, to diffuse, to apply straight, for seasonal sniffles and more. 

Want to jump into this fun essential oil lifestyle? Join me here. And add a bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner to your order. Trust me. You will not regret that decision. 

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  1. Thanks for the idea! I just made it. I thought I would let you know that a gallon is only 16 cups, so there's no way you could put 17 cups of water in there. The right amount would be a little bit over 13 cups.

  2. Forgot to mention, I was trying to put it in a gallon jar. It would have been fine if I used a bigger container, of course.


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