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Homemade Eucalyptus Laundry Soap

Updated on January 23, 2016
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Making Homemade Laundry Detergent

Fels Naptha soap
Fels Naptha soap
Shredding Fels Naptha soap
Shredding Fels Naptha soap
2 cups shredded Fels Naptha soap
2 cups shredded Fels Naptha soap
Pouring shredded Fels Naptha soap into boiling water
Pouring shredded Fels Naptha soap into boiling water
Stirring the mixture of Fels Naptha soap and water until it is completely melted and blended
Stirring the mixture of Fels Naptha soap and water until it is completely melted and blended
After pouring the mixture into a large bucket, pour in the 2 cups of Borax and the 2 cups Washing Soda, stirring thoroughly until well mixed.
After pouring the mixture into a large bucket, pour in the 2 cups of Borax and the 2 cups Washing Soda, stirring thoroughly until well mixed.
Adding 2 gallons of water to mixture
Adding 2 gallons of water to mixture
Eucalyptus essential oil
Eucalyptus essential oil
Putting several drops of essential oil into mixture
Putting several drops of essential oil into mixture

Reasons to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

Making homemade laundry detergent is a great do-it-yourself idea for many reasons. First of all, it will save you a lot of money over time, as store-bought laundry detergent can be very expensive and adds up. Second, it works better! Your clothes will smell fresher and look cleaner and brighter than ever before. Third, it is easy to make your own laundry detergent, and takes very little time. Lastly, you can add essential oils to give your laundry extra benefits including a pleasant aroma of your choosing, that you will absolutely love smelling. So give it a try to I truly believe you will never go back.

How to Make Homemade Laundry Soap

Homemade laundry soap can be made in liquid or powder form. Since we will be adding an essential oil, we will be making the liquid form of laundry soap. The recipe is as follows:

1 quart water

2 cups shredded Fels Naptha soap (This soap comes in a bar and is can be shredded ahead of time and kept in a container for easy access.)

2 cups borax

2 cups washing soda

  1. Pour water in large boiling pan and heat to boiling.
  2. Grate the 2 bars of soap and add to boiling water. Stir until soap is completely melted.
  3. Pour the mixture into a large container such as a bucket. Add the borax and washing soda and stir well until mixed throroughly.
  4. Gradually add 2 gallons of water, stirring continuously until all water is mixed in with the solution.
  5. Allow mixture to cool, then add 7-10 drops of eucalyptus oil and stir well. Keep container or bucket covered. Use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry.
  6. The mixture will become gel-like and may need to be stirred periodically.

The Benefits of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

According to OrganicFacts.net, "The health benefits of eucalyptus oil can be attributed to its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulating, and other medicinal properties. Eucalyptus essential oil is colorless and has a distinct taste and odor." They suggest numerous ways to use eucalyptus oil including the treatment of muscle pain, skin care, dental care, and for mouth wash.

An interesting HubPages article titled The Many Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil, gives a concise and interesting history of eucalyptus oil and its origins.

Wikipedia states that, "Cineole-based eucalyptus oil is used as an insect repellent and biopesticide. In the U.S., eucalyptus oil was first registered in 1948 as an insecticide and miticide."

Eucalyptus oil has antimicrobial and anti bacterial properties. It is often used in perfumes, lotions, deodorants, soaps and other hygiene products."

Because of its many benefits, eucalyptus oil makes a wonderful additive to laundry detergent. It provides health benefits as well as a pleasing aroma.



Use large empty containers to store homemade laundry detergent.
Use large empty containers to store homemade laundry detergent. | Source
Eucalyptus oil comes from the Eucalyptus tree native to Australia.
Eucalyptus oil comes from the Eucalyptus tree native to Australia. | Source

Homemade Fabric Softeners

In addition to making your own laundry soap, creating your own fabric softeners is also a worthwhile endeavor. Simply use inexpensive washcloths cut into quarters, or cut an old towel into washcloth-size squares. Sprinkle 3-4 drops of essential oil on each rag, then place in a ziploc bag. Use one rag in each load of laundry, placed in the dryer. After about 3 uses, add more essential oils to the fabric squares. Experiment with different essential oils and enjoy the wonderful smells!

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    • Rosie writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Rosie writes 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for reading everyone! I just made this laundry recipe this past weekend and it turned out great! The cost was very low and it made a lot. I used the eucalyptus oil and we've done several loads of laundry already, all turning out wonderfully clean and fresh smelling. I took pictures of the whole process and will be uploading them as soon as possible.

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      RTalloni 

      5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for posting your recipe for eucalyptus laundry soap. It's time I made a new batch and I want to have some with eucalyptus essential oil to use on specific kinds of laundry now that I've read this.

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      Jamie Brock 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Oh wow.. I'm very partial to eucalyptus oil! This sounds fabulous.. thank you so much for sharing :) Doesn't seem like this would be too expensive to make either. Bookmarking! Voted up, useful :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Useful and interesting hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      Voted up and interesting. This sounds like something fun and good to do and I love the smell of eucalyptus. I would probably have to make sure my husband was not allergic first since he is allergic to a lot of things.

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      iguidenetwork 

      5 years ago from Austin, TX

      It surely is going to be minty-fresh on the clothes. Thanks for sharing your soap recipe. :)

    • Rosie writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Rosie writes 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for reading everyone. I just started making my own cleaning products about 6 months ago, and it has been rewarding. It's great knowing the ingredients you are using are safe.

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      chrissieklinger 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I make a homemade powder soap but I think I may try this liquid version the next time I make laundry detergent.

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      Deborah 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hey Rosie! this is a great hub, I always wanted to make my own soap, I am so allergic to everything and am down to neutrogena, boring, melting away really fast, soap. This is so cool!! I am going to try it! Thanks and voted up and shared on FB and Pinterest!

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      I love this natural soup...I just have to go out and buy the ingredients. I am also a fan of essential oils and I use them frequently. Thanks for sharing this great recipe. Voting Up+++

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      ESPeck1919 

      5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      Great hub! I'm a big fan of essential oils. I'll have to try this out when we're out of detergent and dryer sheets.

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