DIY Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent

DIY Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent

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DIY Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent

DIY Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent

I've always been annoyed that the laundry detergents come in big, bulky plastic containers. Sure, now that the detergents are often concentrated at 2~4x, we go through the containers less often. But still, I feel terrible every time I put it into my recycling bin (who knows if my local facility is actually recycling anything!?). 

Laundry detergents are also often full of chemicals that you don't totally want to absorb through your skin. More natural detergents are becoming available, like this one, but it can get quite costly. 

Also, most natural detergents are unscented because fragrances are often lab-made chemicals. 

Did you know that liquid soaps require additional chemicals to turn them from solid to liquid form? I'm not going to get in details here but you can read about why liquid soaps are bad for the environment here 

Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent Solution? 

Soap + Washing soda + Citric acid + Organic essential oils

Super simple to make, fun to create your own scent, and super pretty displayed in the laundry room, too! 


  • 1 bar of unscented hand soap
  • 1 cup washing soda (can be found in the laundry aisle of grocery store)
  • 1 cup basking soda
  • 1/2 citric acid
  • 10~20 drops of organic eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10~20 drops of organic lemon essential oil 
  • Airtight glass container
  • Cheese grater
  • Large bowl


  1. Add baking soda, washing soda, and citric acid into a bowl
  2. Using a cheese grater, grate the hand soap into the bowl
  3. Mix everything together using a whisk (or spoon, or whatever)
  4. Add essential oils, and mix well
  5. Place the mixture into the glass container
  6. Use 1/4 cup per regular large load

You can swap the essential oils to anything else you'd like! I also recommend geranium, lemongrass, and grapefruit.

Happy eco-laundry day!

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