Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

The pure, simple ingredients in this recipe powerfully clean clothes without the addition of harmful chemicals.

From "The Naturally Clean Home"
January/February 2019

  • Making your own laundry soap is just one more way to reduce toxic chemicals in your home.
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Yield: About 3 cups.

If you don’t want to add your own essential oils to this recipe, liquid castile soaps (such as Dr. Bronner’s) come in a variety of scents.


  • 10 to 15 drops essential oils of choice
  • 2-1/4 cups liquid castile soap
  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon glycerin
  • 3/4 cup water


  1.  Choose your essential oils: Pick chamomile or lavender for their soothing properties; lemon or sweet orange to help whiten laundry; eucalyptus or peppermint during cold season or when experiencing sinus trouble; or simply a scent you enjoy, such as the clean, woodsy smell of cedar.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a glass container with a sealed lid or a squirt bottle. Shake once or twice before adding to the wash.
  3. To use, add 1/4 cup per average load of 1/2 cup for extra-large or heavily soiled loads.

Excerpted from The Naturally Clean Home © Karyn Siegel-Maier. Used with permission from Storey Publishing.

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