Liquid Homemade Essential Oil Laundry Detergent

doTERRA Essential Oil Recipe

Liquid Homemade Laundry Detergent

You need a 5 gallon bucket for this homemade laundry soap recipe.

Somebody on one of the forums suggested asking a restaurant for their empties (fat for deep frying comes in huge buckets.) I got mine from my local bulk food store for a dollar


  • 4 cups hot boiled Water
  • 1 natural Soap Bar (see the directions below for tips)
  • 1 cup Washing Soda
  • 1/4 cup Borax
  • 30 drops doTERRA Lavender essential oil
  • 30 drops doTERRA Lemon essential oil
  • 30 drops doTERRA Grapefruit OR Clove essential oil


Grate the soap bar using the coarse side of your cheese grater… Suggestions are  clear vegetable glycerin or olive oil soap bars  or doTERRA Essential Oil Citrus Bliss or Serenity Bath bars.

  1. Combine the soap flakes and hot water in a large saucepan. Stir over a medium-low heat until the soap is melted.
  2. Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of very hot water. Add the melted soap mixture, the washing soda and the borax. Stir until all the powder is dissolved.
  3. Fill the bucket up to the top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
  4. Next morning, stir the essential oils into the laundry soap mixture.
  5. Transfer your homemade laundry detergent to a bunch of clean used laundry jugs.

To Use

Shake the bottle before each use to dissolve any lumps of gel that might have formed while it was sitting. Use 1 cup per load for top-load washing machines, and half a cup for front-load washers.

This recipe makes enough homemade laundry detergent for 45 top loads or 90 front loads. If that seems like a lot, reduce the recipe by half (although it’s not going to go bad – it’s soap!)

Note: Washing soda is made from Sodium Carbonate and is not the same ingredient as baking soda. You can usually find washing soda in the laundry area of your grocery or department store (I got mine at Walmart) or ask for it at a pool store. It will be in the water softeners section. You can also buy washing soda online  at




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