all-natural, homemade laundry soap (HE safe)


Laundry detergent is expensive! It’s also full of all sorts of chemicals and other artificial ingredients. If you’re looking for an easy, inexpensive, all-natural alternative, you’ve come to the right place! This recipe is also safe for HE machines.


  • 1/2 cup *Dri-Pak pure soap flakes
  • 1 cup Borax (find it by the laundry stain removers at Walmart)
  • 1 cup washing soda (find it by the laundry stain removers at Walmart)
  • 15 drops Purify (doTERRA essential oil proprietary blend)
  • 15 drops On Guard (doTERRA essential oil proprietary blend)

Make It:

  1. Add all ingredients to a one-quart glass jar (or other airtight container), and shake to mix.

Use It:

Many people suggest using 2-3 tbsp. per load. Since we have an HE machine AND a water softener, I’ve found 1/2 tbsp is plenty! In fact, I tried a full tbsp. with a larger load, and I had to run an extra rinse because it was still sudsy. I would recommend starting with less and adding more if necessary.

One concern many people have is soap residue left in the machine from the use of the soap flakes. I use white vinegar with Purify essential oil blend as a softener (one quart distilled white vinegar with 20 drops essential oil; shake well before each use), and I don’t have any problems with soap scum! Oh, and that same vinegar/essential oil combination is awesome for stain and odor removal!

*Alternatively, you can use one grated bar of castile soap. Using the bar soap is a bit cheaper, but it’s a fair amount of work to grate the bar. Also, if you don’t get it grated finely, it won’t dissolve well in the wash.

Cost Comparison:

  • This recipe = 6 cents per load
  • Tide HE at Walmart = 19 cents per load

Published by Jodi Hoyt

Jodi Hoyt is a content specialist and blogger working out of a home office in Sioux Falls, SD. Through Jot, she provides copywriting, proofreading, and editing services for any personal or business need. Specialties include digital content creation and copywriting for social media platforms, websites (with an emphasis in SEO tag words and key phrases), and print materials. Jodi has been a freelance consultant for nearly ten years, and she officially started Jot (previously Hoyt Consulting) in January 2011. She earned her Master of Business Administration in 2009 from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, and her Bachelor of Music in music theory and composition in 2004 from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Additionally, Jodi is an adjunct business instructor at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, and she is a creator and blogger with Simple Family Remedies. Jodi and her husband, Nathan, married in 2004 and have a two-year-old son, Lincoln. They are expecting their second son in May 2018. They also have two cats. In her spare time, Jodi loves to golf, run, ride bicycle, and play sand volleyball. She is also a big Marvel fan and a self-proclaimed tech geek.

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