All-Natural Homemade Lemon Laundry Detergent Pods

Keep chemicals out of your home with these all-natural laundry pods that work.

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Aside from the high price tag, commercial laundry detergents are filled with harmful chemicals. Try our easy, DIY recipe to make your own with ingredients you most likely already have at home. Watch how to make it below.

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Fresh-smelling, All-Natural Detergent Pods are easy to make at home.

DIY Lemon Laundry Detergent Pods

Ingredients

  • 1 bar Castile soap
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup Epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil

Prepare Ingredients

Grate soap in a food processor using the grating attachment, or use a hand grater. 

Mix It Up 

Combine grated soap, washing soda and Epsom salt in a large bowl. 

Note: To make your own washing soda, place a thin layer of baking soda in a pan and bake at 400 degrees F for 35-40 minutes, mixing halfway through. Be careful when removing from the oven as this can be an irritant to your eyes and throat.

Add white vinegar one tablespoon at a time until mixture is clumpy.

Create Packed Pods

Tightly pack mixture into an ice cube tray using your fingers. Let it dry for at least 24 hours.

Remove, Store + Use! 

Remove the pods using a butter knife, and place pods in an airtight container until laundry day. Use one pod for regular loads and two for bulky loads.

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