DIY Natural Laundry Soap

Craft natural laundry soap with common, nontoxic ingredients including baking soda and vinegar to help keep your home clean, green and healthy.

| August 2013

  • Banish harmful chemicals from your laundry with natural laundry soap recipes from “The Naturally Clean Home.”
    Cover Courtesy Storey Publishing
  • These formulas don't have any magical components that you can't pronounce. Instead, the cleaning power of these natural laundry soaps come from combining clean, pure ingredients.
    Photo By Fotolia/crlocklear

Pair nontoxic ingredients such as baking soda, lemon and vinegar with essential oils to clean, disinfect and freshen every room. With more than 150 recipes for all-natural, easy-to-prepare solutions in The Naturally Clean Home (Storey Publishing, 2008), you can clean wood, glass, tile, porcelain, fabric, carpets and much more — naturally and safely — including laundry. In this excerpt taken from chapter 4, “The Laundry,” learn how to craft your own natural laundry soap.

You can purchase this book from our MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: The Naturally Clean Home.

The Herbal Touch

Herbal essential oils can be blended into laundry formulas (liquid or powder) or added to the softener dispenser of your machine. Essential oils not only boost cleaning power, they also provide a fresh, clean scent.

Essential oils can also lend therapeutic qualities. For instance, add tea tree essential oil to your laundry if you suffer from frequent yeast infections. Eucalyptus essential oil can be used when someone in the household is fighting a cold. Jasmine, rose, or ylang-ylang essential oil will impart a romantic scent to fine washables. You are encouraged to experiment! You can even create your own unique blend from the essential oil chart below.



Herbal-scented baking soda is another way to use essential oils in the laundry. Baking soda adds whitening power and is a natural water softener. For a 16-ounce box, use 15 to 20 drops of essential oil. You can mix it right in the box! Simply add the oils to the box and shake well. Or add 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 cup of white vinegar; the oil lends additional cleaning power and helps to remove odors.

Be creative in your thinking, and you’ll soon find that you don’t miss store-bought detergents at all.

KansasPrairieSoap
4/19/2018 6:37:54 PM

Great natural formulas for cleaning up! I haven't bought commercial *cleaners* in years :)


Dot
5/25/2016 9:42:19 AM

You shouldn't mix castle soap(a base) & vinegar, or any other acid for that matter, such as lemon juice. http://www.lisabronner.com/a-word-of-caution-about-vinegar-and-castile-soap/


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