Long Lasting Laundry Soap

Something I’ve come to love about Chemical Free Living is that it usually means SAVING MONEY!  We began using this soap recipe in 2010!  It was a great way to save money on a TIGHT budget… well, no budget then.  It was pay check to pay check at that point.


I would make 5 gallons of laundry soap for about $1.50!  Since I’m a massage therapist, I wash sheets nightly and we had more laundry than your average 2 person household.  This takes about 20 minutes to make and will last for months.  Even if you have a big family.

I have since changed the recipe we began with to include Young Living’s Thieves Cleaner and Soap.  Since the cleaner is already there, I don’t add additional oils.  If you wanted to customize the aroma of your laundry, you could do that using essential oils!

Ready for the recipe to save money and still clean your clothes?!

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

4 cups HOT tap water

1 Thieves bar soap (or Fels Naptha)

1 Cup Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda

½ Cup Borax

½ cup Thieves Household Cleaner


10-15 drops Young Living Essential Oil of choice
1. Grate one bar of soap and add to saucepan with hot water.IMG_5261IMG_5256








2. Stir continually over medium heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

3. Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full with hot tap water.

4. Add melted soap mix, washing soda and Borax.


5. Stir well, until all powder is dissolved.

6. Fill bucket to top with more hot water.

7. Stir, add Thieves household cleaner and essential oils.

Scraping the bottom of the Thieves Cleaner.

8. Stir, cover, and let sit overnight to thicken.

9. Fill empty liquid laundry detergent containers half full with home made laundry detergent, fill the rest with water and shake to mix well.


Leave in bucket and use in a more concentrated form.


If your busy schedule doesn’t allow you to make your own laundry soap, Young Living has a wonderful chemical free option.  Their Thieves liquid laundry soap is highly concentrated and will last for a long time as well!  Add that it has no harmful chemicals and still cleans and you have a fantastic detergent option for your clothes!

2 thoughts on “Long Lasting Laundry Soap

  1. I’ve had issues with ammonia smells on my cloth diapers. have you used this on cloth diapers for months without stink? how much would you use for a medium load? tia 💚

    1. I do use it on my cloth diapers! About a cup. I also do bleach once in a while. That began after 6 weeks of trying to get rid of a bad funk in them that caused rashes on my oldest. That was after more than a year of using the fels naptha version. No issues with the Thieves version.

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