I’ve recently been getting into essential oils and using them for everything. My sister-in-law, Amber, was the first person to introduce me to them and they actually work so well!

Essential oils are great used in homemade cleaners, soaps, shampoos, lotions, etc. I also use essential oils to help with stomach problems, sore muscles and joints, stress, bug bites, and basically anything else you can think of. They are amazing!

Since making my own laundry detergent, I’ve had a lot of requests for the recipe I used. It’s incredibly easy and cheap to make.



  • 1 bar of all-natural unscented soap
  • 1 cup of borax
  • 1 cup of washing soda (not baking soda)
  • A few drops of any Young Living Essential Oils
  • 3 cups of hot water
  • 2 one-quart Mason jars
  • A blender


  1. Put 4 cups of water in a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. While that’s heating, mix the borax and washing soda together in a separate bowl. Set aside.
  2. Grate the bar of soap with a cheese grater or shave it with a knife.
  3. Add the grated soap to the water in the saucepan. Stir until the soap has completely melted. This will take approximately 10-15 minutes. Don’t let the water boil over or you’ll have a big mess on your hands!
  4. Once the soap has completely melted, remove the pan from the heat and add in the borax and washing soda mixture. Stir until the powders are completely dissolved. This will take about 3-5 minutes. If you don’t stir the mixture for long enough, you will have grainy laundry detergent.
  5. Pour the mixture equally into 2 one-quart Mason jars. Add a few drops of essential oils to each jar and pour in just enough hot water to bring the contents up to the rounded part of the jar, leaving approximately 1 1/2 inches of room at the top.
  6. Put the lids on the jars and turn them upside down. Let them sit for 4 hours. The soap will separate into layers.
  7. Empty the contents of one jar into a blender. Blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy. It will be a little thick and have the consistency of mayonnaise. Pour the mixture back into the jar, sealing it tightly. Repeat with the other jar.

To use, add 1 tablespoon to a load of laundry. Do not add the detergent to the “detergent compartment”.

There you have it! It’s super easy, cheap to make, and it really works!


Recipe given to me by Amber Key and adapted from Mom’s Super Laundry Sauce at http://www.budget101.com by Young Living Essential Oils distributer Donna Holleman

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