Natural Laundry Products: Homemade Laundry Detergent, Fabric Softeners and More


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Rosemary Powdered Laundry Soap Recipe

• 1 cup washing soda
• 1 cup borax*
• 2 cups grated castile bar soap
• 50 drops rosemary essential oil

1. Mix washing soda, borax and soap grounds (see note) in large bowl.

2. Add rosemary essential oil and mix well.

3. Store in a large airtight container.

To use, add 1⁄8 to 1⁄4 cup per load.

Note: Grate bar soap or cut coarsely, then grind in food processor until fine.

*Borax washes completely out of clothes and is safe to use on laundry. However, borax can be irritating when inhaled and may be a potential endocrine disruptor, particularly in males, so keep male children away from it. If this is a particular concern to you, simply replace the borax with a second cup of washing soda or a cup of baking soda.

Lemon-Fresh Liquid Laundry Soap Recipe

• 1 bar castile soap, grated
• 8 cups water
• 5-gallon bucket with lid
• 4-1⁄2 gallons hot tap water
• 1 cup washing soda
• 1 cup borax*
• 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon essential oil

1. In a saucepan over low heat, mix soap (see note) and 8 cups of water, gradually heating and stirring until soap is dissolved.

2. Fill 5-gallon bucket about 3/4 full of hot tap water.

3. Add soap mixture, washing soda and borax.

4. Add lemon essential oil and mix well. Cover, and leave overnight.

5. Transfer into smaller containers if desired.

To use, add 1/2 cup to 1 cup per load.

Note: Grate bar soap or cut coarsely, then grind in food processor until fine.

*Borax washes completely out of clothes and is safe to use on laundry. However, borax can be irritating when inhaled and may be a potential endocrine disruptor, particularly in males, so keep male children away from it. If this is a particular concern to you, simply replace the borax with a second cup of washing soda or a cup of baking soda.

Lavender Fabric Softener Spray

• 3 teaspoons lavender essential oil
• 2 cups white vinegar

1. Combine oil and vinegar in a spray bottle and shake well.

2. To use, spray 5 to 10 times on wet clothes before drying.

Eucalyptus Dryer Sheets

• Cotton cloths
• 1/2 cup white vinegar
• 5 to 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
• Airtight container

1. Cut cotton cloths such as old dish-towels or T-shirts into small rectangles.

2. Place in airtight container.

3. Mix vinegar and essential oil, then pour liquid into the container so cloths are damp.

4. To use, remove cloth from container, squeeze excess liquid back into jar, and place in the dryer. When dry, place cloth back in container for later use.

Natural Laundry Product Recommendations

Not ready to make your own laundry detergent yet? Try these alternatives.

Better Life Spin Credible Laundry Detergent
64 ounces, $18 

Biokleen Cold-Water Formula Laundry Liquid
64 ounces, $11

Ecos Packs Laundry Detergent
20 packs, $6 

Ecover Zero Laundry Liquid Concentrate
51 ounces, $12

Green Shield Organic Lavender Detergent
100 ounces, $15

Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder
120 loads, $22

Planet 2x Ultra Laundry Detergent
50 ounces, $9

Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Bleach, Free & Clear
64 ounces, $5

Soap Nuts from the Soap Lady
60-count laundry pods, $27

Vaska Exceptional Lavender Fabric Softener
42 ounces, $7

Kristin Henningsen is a freelance writer, clinical herbalist and yoga instructor. She teaches classes on health and wellness and is often found leading herb walks, kids in tow. Find her at Bayan Moon Botanicals.  

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