Detoxify Your Laundry and Pay LESS

Who wouldn’t want to detoxify their laundry and pay LESS by doing so!? 

During my recent detox of my entire home (and by “detox” I mean freaking out and getting rid of ALMOST EVERYTHING after discovering that I had a bunch of toxic products in my home by using the Think Dirty App),  I started making my own laundry detergent.

In short, this has given me piece of mind by knowing exactly what ingredients are in my laundry detergent, which ultimately makes contact with your body and has the potential to be absorbed through the skin.


Tip: If you do not have Young Living essential oils, do not fret! You can either omit them and just have unscented laundry OR choose to purchase Young Living essential oils, which you can learn more about by clicking here.

Additional laundry detox: Replace your toxic dryer sheets with wool dryer balls!

Simply place two wool dryer balls in with a load of laundry just like you would a dryer sheet.  

Add a few drops of Young Living essential oils to each for an extra scent boost! (purification, lavender, peppermint, stress away are some of my favorites!)


  • soften clothes naturally
  • reduce drying time
  • prevent static and wrinkles
  • eliminate risk of toxic chemicals being deposited on clothes that could ultimately be absorbed by the skin!

You can always experiment with the proportions/amount of Dr. Bronner’s and Super Washing Soda in this recipe to meet your needs.

If you have kids who are always playing outside and active in sports, or a husband who is a mechanic you may need to use more Super Washing Soda.  On the other hand, someone who is single and doesn’t get their clothes too dirty, could use less.

This recipe is for the average household who has moderately soiled clothing, so be sure to adjust it for you and your family’s needs!

This recipe is cheap, easy, and non-toxic!


 Dr. Bronner’s Baby Unscented Liquid Castile Soap    Not Animal TestedFair For TradeNon GMO ProjectOCTOVegan

LaundryIngredients: Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Palm Kernel Oil*, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol

** None remains after saponifying oils into soap & glycerin.
You can purchase Dr. Bronner’s Baby Liquid Castile soap at Amazon, Target, drug stores, and most grocery stores.  I prefer to buy it in gallon jugs from Amazon to save even more!
The reason I choose the baby unscented Dr. Bronner’s rather than a scented one is because I like to add my own Young Living essential oils to create the scent of my laundry depending on the needs of a specific load.

LaundryArm & Hammer Super Washing Soda    100% Fragrance & Phosphate Free. It helps neutralize and eliminate odors, not cover them up with perfumes.

Ingredients: 100% sodium carbonate

 You can find Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda on Amazon and at most drug/grocery stores.  Again, buying in bulk is your best bet for saving even more! Amazon has a great deal on (2) 55oz boxes for just $14.48!

If you have done even minimal searching for a DIY laundry detergent recipe on Pinterest, some of you are probably wondering why I am not including borax in this recipe.  WELL. I have heard mixed things about it and would rather not take the chance of it being harmful.

The one fact that caused me to not consider borax as an ingredient in my laundry detergent is that the European Chemicals Agency added it to their “list of substances of very high concern” some years ago.

Unfortunately, after my extensive research while detoxifying  my home and life, I have come to trust the European government agencies that regulate consumer ingredients products over our own regulating agencies.

I hope you are willing to give this recipe a try! I would love to hear your thoughts if you do!

Until next time,

-Shannon 🙂

Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal experiences. Use of Young Living Essential Oils and other products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. I am not a doctor or healthcare professional.


  1. I add baking soda to my wash loads. I think I’ll try this instead. Thanks so much!

  2. I hate the number of chemicals that are in the products we use everyday! It’s so scary! Thanks you for sharing an alternative that is safer AND budget friendly, too!

  3. I have thought about making my own laundry detergent a thousand times. Sadly, I have yet to do so. Maybe this will be just what I needed to get myself busy!

  4. We use baking soda and borox and it works wonderfully. I like the idea of adding some liquid soap as well. I think it will still mix up well.

  5. I use Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap to clean my floors, but I never thought of using it as a laundry detergent. I’ll give it a try! Thanks 🙂

  6. Great idea to make your own laundry detergent and to use wool dryer balls, I will have to check those out!

  7. Erica (@Erica's Recipes)

    March 19, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    Oh I LOVE this. I have been making my own fabric softener for years (hair conditioner, vinegar, water) mainly to save $$, but I really am trying to get us more eco-friendly now so I will give this a try. Pinning to save 🙂

  8. This sounds like a great idea. I’ve never used Borax, and don’t intend to! I use doTERRA oils and they make such a difference in sweetening up the laundry!

  9. I will have to try this! Thanks for all the great tips. I really enjoyed reading your post.

  10. I think people has started returning to ingredients our ancestors used for a purpose and this is that we are bombarded by chemicals that cause any sorts of problems to our bodies. This is a great idea!

  11. What a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. 🙂

  12. I love all of these products. It’s so important to get rid of toxic ingredients.

  13. These are great tips and I love the alternative laundry solutions. The wool ball is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday! Hope to see you again this week!

  14. does it matter if the washer is high efficiency?

    • Sarah, thank you for contacting me! The only issue I could see is if you use too much of the Dr. Bronner’s. I do not have an HE washer, so I cannot speak from experience. You may need to do a bit of experimenting, but I would say start out with the full recipe and see how it works. With that amount of Dr. Bronner’s I don’t see how it would get too “sudsy”, but I cannot see inside my washer to say for sure. Even though you are supposed to use a less “sudsing” detergent from what I read about HE washers, I honestly don’t see this recipe causing a problem. If you try it, I would love to hear back from you on how it worked, so that others with HE washers can be sure! Thanks again for asking. It’s something I hadn’t even thought of! 🙂

  15. Sounds like it would be interesting to try, but more powder-like. I’m used to using a liquid detergent. Can you use this in HE washers?

    • Deb, I had another person ask that same question. I do not have an HE washer, but from what I have read the only issue would be if the soap suds too much. This one should not do that. I would say give it a try with the original recipe and watch to see how much it “suds”. If the clothes feel like they still have soap, use less Dr. Bronner’s. I dont see it being an issue though. I add the powder and then the Dr. Bronners with the essential oils in it. I would love to hear if it works for you since I do not have an HE washer and many people are asking! Thank you for the comment! 🙂

  16. Do you mix these together or put each ingredient in the machine separately?

    • Darcy, I have the arm and hammer box and Dr. Bronner’s in a squirt bottle on a table next to washer. I put the powder in a small glass mason jar (holds about 1/4-1/2 cup) and add it to the washer compartment. I measure out the Dr. Bronner’s in the same jar and add a few drops of whichever essential oil I want and put it in the washer compartment. Hope this helps! Thank you for leaving the comment! 🙂

  17. is this recipe for 1 load of clothes

    • Yes, Kim. It would be for one load, but a full one. I have a front loader and it fits quite a bit of clothing. If you are doing a smaller load or have an agitator washer, I would use less. Hope this helps! -Shannon 🙂

  18. I have two boys, problem 1, who play baseball, problem 2, you can imagine the state of dirtiness of their laundry and stains! My questions is does this really clean? Thanks!

    • Kara, I would add more super washing soda for the loads that have the extra dirty clothes in them. This recipe is for a regular load not for those messier times like sports or a dirty job like construction, etc. Thank you for reaching out! Would love to hear how it works for you! -Shannon 🙂

  19. Do you have a recipe for creating a large batch of this or can it not be combined and left?

    • Thank you for contacting me Laura! I do not make big batches of this. I am not sure how the super washing soda would do. I just keep my measuring tools right where I store all of my laundry supplies. It only takes around 20 seconds to measure them out and put them in the washing machine. I am not saying it wouldn’t work, but I just prefer to keep them separate to be sure I am getting the full potential out of all ingredients. If you want to try it, maybe just combine ingredients for one load and let it sit overnight then see what happens. It can’t really hurt anything to try! Let me know if you do! 🙂 -Shannon

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