This week’s DIY is supersized because I LOVE LAUNDRY.


It’s my favorite household chore (I’m weird, what can I say?).

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So when I started making the switch to toxin-free products in my home, the laundry room was the first place I started. Here’s why: most laundry detergents and dryer sheets contain extremely toxic ingredients – like, some of the worst. This is an excellent read that explains this more in-depth.

Now think about what goes into your washer and dryer:

Your clothes.

Your sheets.

Your towels.

Basically, the items that come into the closest and most frequent contact with your skin.


I didn’t know what to do or where to begin. I had made the switch a few years ago from dryer sheets to dryer balls but was less sure about how to replace my detergent. I did a little research, and found that it was not only incredibly easy to make my own – like, five minutes easy – but that it was cheaper by far than any commercial brand. And worked beautifully. This was just around the time that I started using essential oils, and wasn’t aware that Young Living also carried a complete line of cleaning products. I’m a big fan of their laundry soap but wanted to share this DIY recipe for those of you who are interested in making your own!

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DIY Laundry Detergent

3 cups Borax
3 cups washing soda
1 bar castile soap
20 drops essential oil (I use 15 Lemon, 5 Grapefruit)

Mix the Borax and washing soda in a large bowl. Using a box grater or food processor, grate or process the bar soap and add to the bowl. Mix thoroughly and add your essential oils, mixing once more. Transfer to a lidded container.

To use, add 2 – 3 tablespoons to each load.

(print this recipe)

This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver

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It’s that easy!

But that’s not all!

As I said up top, I LOVE doing laundry (I’m weird, what can I say?), so I wanted to share ALL of my fave tips with you. You’ll notice that they all involve essential oils, which is just another example of how versatile these little bottles are.

As you know I’m a fragrance junkie – so it was really (REALLY) hard to give up my dryer sheets and highly scented laundry detergent. And then I learned how dangerous those “fragrances” really are. So I was thrilled to be able to use my essential oils in both my washer AND dryer, and have the most (naturally) delicious smelling laundry.

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Here’s how!

Linens: I add 3 drops of Eucalyptus Globulus (as you know I looove Eucalyptus!) to my linen wash to help deter dust mites.

Dryer balls: Ditching my beloved dryer sheets was a lot easier once I started putting essential oils on my wool dryer balls. My two favorites are Lavender (for linens) and Rosemary/Lemon.

Scent boosters: Adding essential oils to your laundry detergent (or right under the stream of water when the machine starts) is a perfect way to safely add fragrance to your wash. SO much to love about this. You can switch up the blend to suit your mood, what you’re washing, or even the season. And better still, you can customize your blends to take advantage of the properties of the oils that you choose. Here are some examples!

For odor-busting like a champ, you can’t beat the dynamic duo of Purification and Tea Tree oils. I use 2 drops and 1 drop, respectively.

Spring has sprung! I’m obsessed with all things citrus, and love to combine 2 drops of Lemon oil with 1 drop of Grapefruit oil. HEAVEN.

For sheets and pillowcases there is nothing more dreamy than lavender. Add 2 drops each Lavender and Bergamot oils to your linen wash!

Pro-tip: these blends can also be added directly to your wool dryer balls.

Thoughts? Would you make your own laundry detergent? Switch to wool dryer balls? I think we all want to be doing as well as we can with the products we purchase for our home and family, and for me it boils down to three things:

1. Is it easy?

2. Is it equal in cost or less expensive?

3. Is it enhancing my life?

For my laundry “switch”, the answer to all three is YES. Super easy, less expensive and a total delight to open closets and drawers to heavenly smelling clothing and linens. I want to encourage you to make the switch too, so all this month I am offering anyone who orders either a Premium or Welcome Home starter kit a set of wool dryer balls and a full-size bottle of Eucalyptus essential oil! You get the Lavender oil and a variety of citrus oils with both kits so you’ll have a great arsenal of “laundry” oils to choose from! You can reach me at to get started!

What’s your favorite household chore?

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Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please do not stop.


  1. Louisa on April 15, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Young living?
    Gotta love you❤️

  2. Nick i on May 25, 2020 at 9:02 am

    What did you use for the brightening one? Oxiclean?

  3. Laura on September 14, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    Hi…does the essential oils make the detergent “wet”…because this is a powder detergent right?

    • sherisilver on September 14, 2020 at 9:35 pm

      No – the oils get completely absorbed in the mix. I wouldn’t say that this feels like a traditional powder because the bar soap gives it a different texture. Let me know if you try it! 🙂

  4. Kathe on September 26, 2020 at 2:16 am

    I’m wondering what type of products did you use while making this DIY detergent. I would love to know

    • sherisilver on September 26, 2020 at 8:15 am

      Hi! If you scroll down to the recipe I’ve listed and linked to all of the ingredients I used!

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