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Laundrying is a routine these days. Put dirty clothes in the washing machine, set it, add some detergent, possibly fabric softener and in a few hours our clothes will be clean and smell nice. But is that really the case when conventional detergents are full of chemicals? To be sure of what you actually wash your laundry with, you could make your own detergent. You don't need any special skills or knowledge to do this. In addition, making a homemade detergent or fabric softener is by no means difficult or time-consuming. Read on and try our recipe for DIY washing powder and DIY fabric softener.

You can make your own laundry detergent quickly and easily

DIY fabric softener for soft and beautifully scented laundry

Conventional detergents

Every few days we wash our clothes, bedding and home textiles without worrying about what a common laundry detergent contains.

What do conventional detergents contain?

Laundry is an everyday routine these days

A look at the ingredients might not tell much, as the chemical names on the packaging mean nothing to most of us. The shocking fact, however, is that the common laundry detergents we use every day contain dozens of potentially harmful ingredients. These can remain on clothing long after washing, causing skin irritation and other side effects, for example.

Homemade washing powder and fabric softener

As for fabric softeners, many of them contain animal fats. Exposure of the fat content in fabric softener to moisture and air is a good starting point for bacteria and mold to grow. Is this your idea of clean and fresh laundry? Probably not. Furthermore, the accumulation of fat can negatively affect the longevity of your washing machine influence.

You can also protect your washing machine

Make your own detergent

These are enough reasons why you should make your own laundry detergent. And you can also prepare fabric softener at home if you use one anyway.

Homemade washing powder and fabric softener can be prepared quickly and easily and used several times. If you're wondering if your DIY laundry detergent will smell as good without chemicals, the answer is yes. To achieve this, simply use any essential oil.

DIY washing powder

When you make your own laundry detergent or fabric softener, you know exactly what it contains and therefore you can be sure that your laundry will come out of the washing machine clean, chemical-free, fresh and beautifully scented. DIY detergents are he althy for the skin and at the same time gentle on our planet.

Homemade washing powder - recipe

This homemade laundry detergent recipe is incredibly easy and produces amazing results. Try it yourself!

How to prepare a washing powder at home in no time?


  • 500g soda crystals (available online or in supermarkets)
  • 1 bar of soap (preferably natural, for example - coconut oil based soaps)
  • Lemon essential oil

Necessary ingredients for a homemade laundry detergent


Grate the soap by hand or in a food processor with a shredder. If you don't have one, it will take a little longer to do this by hand, but it's worth the effort.

Add the grated soap to the soda crystals and mix well.

Keep the mixture in a sealable container.

Use one to two tablespoons per load. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to each dose to enhance the fresh scent of your laundry.

Make the difference between a homemade detergent and one from the store

Homemade fabric softener - recipe

Vinegar does an excellent job of separating soap residue from clothes and even cleans your washing machine at the same time.

Don't worry about one possible smell of vinegar. Even if your laundry smells a bit like vinegar when it's wet, the smell will go away when the laundry is already dry.

Do you use fabric softener?

Vinegar makes laundry soft and beautiful


  • 500ml white vinegar
  • 30 drops of essential oil (e.g. lemon and sweet orange go perfectly together)
  • a lockable bottle 500 ml


Fill your bottle with vinegar, then add about 30 drops of an essential oil of your choice.

Shake well before pouring into the fabric softener compartment.

Washing is different

You can also make a liquid detergent yourself

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