Homemade Laundry Soap

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When it comes to laundry soap, the internet is filled with hundreds of recipes you can use. I've tried a few, but this one is my personal favorite. It's super quick, affordable, and smells amazing without being filled with all the toxic fragrances. I found this recipe via Instagram on @oilyexuberance and added a couple of ingredients to fit what I need.


For this recipe, you will need:

1/4 cup of Young Living Thieves Laundry Soap Concentrate

1/4 cup of Baking Soda

1/4 cup of Washing Soda

1/4 cup of OxiClean (optional)

1/4 cup of Borax/Calgon*

2 tablespoons of Thieves Household Cleaner Concentrate

1 gallon of distilled water

5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)

*If you have hard water, you need a water softener. Borax or Calgon will help soften your water.

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This is going to make a liquid detergent, so make sure you have a plan for how you're going to store it and transfer portions to your washer. I have a drink dispenser and measuring cup that I use for my laundry soap.

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Pour in the 1/4 cup of Thieves Laundry Soap Concentrate. With my measuring cup, I was able to balance it upside down to let all of the soap drip into the dispenser. While all of the soap was leaving the measuring cup, I got my next ingredients ready.

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The next ingredient is two tablespoons of Thieves Household Cleaner Concentrate.

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I have a big plastic pin with premixed borax, OxiClean, washing soda, and baking soda. I found this easier that keeping a bunch of boxes in my storage closet. You’ll need a quarter cup of each powdered product. If it’s premixed like mine, scoop out a whole cup and pour it into the dispenser. If you don’t need borax or calgon, only use three quarters of a cup.

You can add essential oils to your dispenser at this time. It’s better to add them before the water. If you add the oils after the water is already in the dispenser, the oils will sit on top and not mix in. Essential oils are optional for this recipe. Thieves or a citrusy oil like orange or lemon are good options to use if you’d like a clean scent. Floral smells like patchouli or geranium can be used as well if that’s the scent you prefer.

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Piece of advice: do not use boiling water to fill your dispenser. It will crack the glass. I learned this the hard way thinking that since I had done it once before, it would be totally fine. It was not. Use warm or room temperature water. I transferred mine slowly with a small mason jar, but you can do this however you feel works best for you.

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After you fill your dispenser with water, stir with a large utensil until the powder has dissolved. Be careful about the bubbles. As you stir, they’ll build up and can leak out of the top of the dispenser.


When I do laundry, I add a half of a cup to the washing machine per load. This is what works best for us, but it may be a different amount for your needs. You may need less or more, so play around with a few tester laundry loads until you find what works for you.

The fantastic thing about many of the products from Young Living is they are ultra concentrated and can be diluted down. I took the Thieves Laundry Soap, which contains enough soap for 64 loads, and stretch the lifespan of that bottle. By diluting it, I don't diminish the quality of the product whatsoever. This laundry soap recipe works like a charm.

Until next time,

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