laundry soap

After the climate march in Brussels last weekend, I decided to make a little more effort than I was doing lately. Cutting down on plastic as one of the intentions, obliged me to make a big batch of laundry soap.

I fine-tuned my laundry soap recipe a bit and picked citronella oil this time, to add antibacterial properties to the soap. It smells good too!×280&!2&btvi=1&fsb=1&xpc=F47hTF4hO1&p=https%3A//

Why make your own soap? Read this blogpost  PrintLaundry soapPrep Time10 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time30 mins 

With the prices going up, up , up we can save a reasonable penny with making our own products. 

Most importantly it’s cutting down on plastics and water pollution.Course: non foodCuisine: DIYKeyword: laundry soapServings: 120 unitsIngredients

  • 5 liter water
  • 300 ml sodium cristals
  • 5 tablespoons brown soap heaped
  • 40 drops citronella essential oil
  • 40 drops geranium essential oil
  • 40 drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 3 tbsp salt


  1. Heat up a large pot with the water and add 5 tablespoons heaped with the brown soap. Then add the soda crystals and salt.
  2. Stir occasionally so the soap blends with the water.
  3. When the soap is almost blended, you’ll see a layer on top of the water. Add the drops of essential oil, stir and cover with a lid.
  4. When all the soap is diluted, you can turn of the heat.
  5. Let is cool down while stirring once in a while.
  6. You can use a funnel to poor the substance in old bottles. 
  7. Use one measure cap for one machine. Vinagre can be used as a softener and with very dirty clothes I add a bit of soda crystals directly in the soap compartiment. 

Let me know what you think of the recipe. Which oils do you prefer to add to your laundry?

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