Homemade HE Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe {with essential oil}

Have you tried to make homemade laundry soap before and been disappointed that your clothes weren’t really getting clean?

I have.

I used to make a homemade laundry soap from Castile soap, washing soda, baking soda, and OxiClean free.  At first, that sounds like a good idea, but it turns out, it doesn’t really get your clothes clean.

In fact, it actually traps dirt in your clothes.

My family clothes looked clean, but they weren’t.  They were hiding loads of dirt and debris in their fibers.

How did I find out?  I saw someone talking about it on Facebook.  Someone had shared a photo of all the dirt and gunk that came out in her family’s laundry when using a proper detergent after she had been using a homemade laundry soap similar to the one I had been using.

So I tried the test on my family’s clothes, and sure enough, the rinse water of my “clean” clothes was not clear sparkling water like you would expect, but rather the rinse water from my “clean” clothes was a dirty brown sludge.

Yuck!

So much for that homemade laundry soap.  I was off to find something that really works.

What I discovered was that I needed a detergent, not a soap.  A detergent not only cleans, it also rinses clean.  And rinsing clean means that the clothes are really , truly clean!

So I share with you my homemade laundry detergent recipe.  I hope your family loves it as much as mine does!

 

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Top reasons why you’ll want to make this homemade liquid laundry detergent:

  1. natural
  2. non-toxic
  3. easy to make
  4. one batch makes enough for 64 loads (so if you do 2 loads of laundry a day, it makes enough for an entire month)
  5. smells great!
  6. works in high efficiency (HE) front-loading washing machines as well as regular top-loading washers
  7. uses the cleaning power of essential oils
  8. removes odors
  9. no residue on washer or on clothes
  10. actually gets clothes clean!

 

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What do you need to make this homemade liquid laundry detergent?

salt (find in spice aisle of your grocery store or find online here)-  Salt softens the water, which allows the detergent to work more effectively.

super washing soda (find in laundry aisle at your favorite store or find online here)-  Many homemade laundry detergents use baking soda, but baking soda is weaker and doesn’t do as good of job cleaning clothes.  So I use super washing soda instead, and save the baking soda for washing delicates.

filtered or distilled water (find in bottled water aisle of grocery store) –  This dilutes and stretches a batch of laundry detergent so that one batch makes enough for 64 loads of laundry.

Sal Suds (find it online here) –  Organic and plant-based cleaning concentrate that not only makes this laundry detergent, it also makes a great dish soap (recipe here), floor cleaner, and more.  It doesn’t have any artificial dyes, fragrances, or preservatives.  Best of all- it works!  It cleans clothes, getting rid of dirt and odors.  And it rinses clean (even in cold water)!

essential oil –  I use a combination of lavender and lemon, but you can customize your detergent with your favorite essential oils.

gallon glass drink dispenser (like this) or four quart-sized glass jars (like this)

free printable label for your detergent jar (get it here)

immersion blender (find it here)

long-handled wooden spoon (like this)

 

click here to get a free printable of the recipe and jar labels

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How to make homemade laundry detergent with essential oils

step 1: bring 2 cups of filtered or distilled water to a boil.  Then add that hot water to a large heat-safe mixing bowl.

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step 2: add  2.5 cups of super washing soda to boiling water

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step 3:  add 1.5 cups salt

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step 4:  mix the really hot water, super washing soda, and salt until it is dissolved.  If you have one, it really helps to use an immersion blender for this.  You want to be sure to break up any clumps.  If not mixed thoroughly, you can have little hard “rocks” in your detergent.

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step 5:  Let the salt, washing soda, and water mixture cool a little bit, then add 100 drops of essential oil (this is 1 tsp of essential oil).

I used 50 drops lavender essential oil and 50 drops lemon essential oil.

But lots of other essential oils and EO combinations would also be great.  Here are a few others to try:

  • 100 lemon
  • 70 lemon and 30 tea tree
  • 40 lemongrass, 30 lavender, and 30 eucalyptus
  • 40 lavender, 30 lime, and 30 spearmint
  • 40 grapefruit, 30 orange, and 30 lemon
  • 30 spruce, 30 tea tree, and 40 cypress

 

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step 6: add 2.5 cups Sal Suds

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step 7: gently stir everything together.  You want it mixed well, but you don’t want to agitate the Sal Suds, because if you do it will bubble up.

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step 8: pour the detergent concentrate into your gallon jar (or four quart-sized jars)

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step 9:  fill jar with distilled water

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step 10:  gently stir to mix well (again, don’t stir too briskly or you’ll cause it to bubble up)

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step 11:  add this free printable label (get it here)

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Here’s the homemade HE liquid laundry detergent recipe

one more time:

click here to get a free printable of the recipe and jar label

step 1 – bring 2 cups of filtered or distilled water to a boil

step 2 – add the following to a heat-safe mixing bowl:

2 cups boiling water

2.5 cups of super washing soda

1.5 cups salt

step 3-  mix the really hot water, super washing soda, and salt until it is dissolved.  If you have one, it really helps to use an immersion blender for this.  You want to be sure to break up any clumps.  If not mixed thoroughly, you can have little hard “rocks” in your detergent.

step 4- Let the salt, washing soda, and water mixture cool a little bit, then add 100 drops of essential oil (this is 1 tsp of essential oil).  I used 50 drops lavender essential oil and 50 drops lemon essential oil.  But lots of other essential oils and EO combinations would also be great.  Here are a few others to try:

  • 100 lemon
  • 70 lemon and 30 tea tree
  • 40 lemongrass, 30 lavender, and 30 eucalyptus
  • 40 lavender, 30 lime, and 30 spearmint
  • 40 grapefruit, 30 orange, and 30 lemon
  • 30 spruce, 30 tea tree, and 40 cypress

step 5-  add 2.5 cups Sal Suds.  Then gently stir everything together.  You want it mixed well, but you don’t want to agitate the Sal Suds, because if you do it will bubble up.

step 6- pour the detergent concentrate into your gallon jar (or four quart-sized jars)

step 7- fill jar with distilled water, then gently stir to mix well (again, don’t stir too briskly or you’ll cause it to bubble up)

step 8- add this free printable label (get it here)

 

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How to use

  • use 1/4 cup for HE (high efficiency) front-loading washing machines or 1/2 cup for traditional top-loading machines
  • yields: 64 loads in HE machines, 32 loads in top-loading machines
  • You may want to keep a long-handled wooden spoon by your detergent.  Over time, the washing soda and salt may settle to the bottom of the container and you’ll need to stir (or shake) the container to remix.

 

homemade HE liquid laundry detergent recipe with essential oils. natural, non-toxic, & it really works! Removes odors, cleans clothes, rinses clean. #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #essentialoilcleaning #naturalDIY #naturalcleaning #essentialoilDIY #laundry #DIYcleaning #homemadecleaners

 

Where to get supplies?

salt (find in spice aisle of your grocery store or find online here)

super washing soda (find in laundry aisle at your favorite store or find online here)

filtered or distilled water (find in bottled water aisle of grocery store)

Sal Suds (find it online here)

gallon glass drink dispenser (like this) or four quart-sized glass jars (like this)

immersion blender (find it here)

long-handled wooden spoon (like this)

free printable label for your detergent jar (get it here)

 

homemade HE liquid laundry detergent recipe with essential oils. natural, non-toxic, & it really works! Removes odors, cleans clothes, rinses clean. #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #essentialoilcleaning #naturalDIY #naturalcleaning #essentialoilDIY #laundry #DIYcleaning #homemadecleaners

 

click here to get a free printable of the recipe and jar labels

homemade HE liquid laundry detergent recipe with essential oils. natural, non-toxic, & it really works! Removes odors, cleans clothes, rinses clean. #essentialoils #essentialoilrecipes #essentialoilcleaning #naturalDIY #naturalcleaning #essentialoilDIY #laundry #DIYcleaning #homemadecleaners

 

here are a few other essential oil posts that I think you’ll like:

Homemade Kitchen and Bathroom Cleaning Wipes

DIY Trash Can Deodorizer Tabs – no more stinky trash cans

Homemade Lysol Disinfecting Spray Cleaner {with essential oils} 

Streak-Free Window & Mirror Glass Cleaner

How to Make Natural Dishwasher Detergent Tabs

Homemade Dish Soap with Essential Oils

DIY Soft Scrub Cleaner with Essential Oils

8 DIY Recipes for Cleaning with Lemon Essential Oil

Homemade Poo-Pourri (No.2 “Before You Go” Toilet Spray)

 

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10 Comments

  1. Charmaine November 29, 2017 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Do you need to use a warm wash for the laundry detergent to work?

    • Sarah Lewis December 1, 2017 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      No, that’s one of the many reasons why I low this detergent. It works in all temperatures, even cold.

  2. Julie November 29, 2017 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    If we have a water softener in our house would I just omit the salt? Thanks!

    • Sarah Lewis December 1, 2017 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      Yes, omit the salt. Your water softener is already adding salt to your laundry water.

  3. Coleen Goree December 1, 2017 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    I have hard water in my area. I usually add borax. Not recommended? Yes?

    • Sarah Lewis December 1, 2017 at 6:35 pm - Reply

      You can use borax instead of the super washing soda.
      I use the washing soda because it’s gentler than borax, yet when combined with the detergent, it does a great job getting my family’s clothes clean.

  4. Wanda Bigelow December 2, 2017 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    Will the outlet on the jar deteriorate from the lemon in the detergent? My son – in – law got very sick drinking water with lemon in it from a metal container with plastic or whatever it is they use in the water bottle drinking feature.

    • Sarah Lewis December 8, 2017 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      The lemon essential oil is highly diluted in this detergent so the stopper should be fine.
      But you could also use a different essential oil — I think lavender is great for laundry.
      And you could also put this into four quart-sized mason jars instead of the gallon beverage dispenser. The beverage dispenser is pretty, but the quart sized jars don’t have any plastic, are easy to lift, and can be easily shaken to re-mix the detergent if the solids settle to the bottle of the container.

  5. Darlene December 3, 2017 at 8:25 am - Reply

    How do you get the baking soda and salt to totally dissolve? I did use an immersion blender.

    • Sarah Lewis December 8, 2017 at 5:53 pm - Reply

      I’m going to update the instructions. I think I made it a little confusing. Sorry about that.

      You don’t need the salt and baking soda to totally disappear into the water (and become one solution). Instead, you just need to made sure that the salt and baking soda are blended well enough with the water so that there are no little pebbles or rocks.
      Then once you add the additional water and Sal Suds, the salt and baking soda will mix in better.

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