DIY Laundry Pods

Have you ever looked at the ingredients in your laundry detergent and found that there are no ingredients listed but there is a huge WARNING label? Many of the big name laundry detergents out there contain a petrochemical solvent, 1,4-dioxane, which is classified by the EPA as a human carcinogen, is often found in varnishes and paints. Propylene glycol is another common ingredient found in laundry detergent. Propylene glycol is a known hormone disruptor and is also found in anti-freeze.

We live in clothing, sleep in sheets, dry off with towels... all washed with these harmful chemicals. Sweating in our clothes helps these chemicals seep into our skin even easier. 

Here is a link to all P&G Laundry product Ingredients.  Water is the only natural ingredient listed. 

Make Your Own Laundry Pods

You will need:

  • 3 Cups Washing Soda (NOT Borax)
  • 1 cup Fels-Naptha (grated)
  • 4 T Epsom Salt
  • 6 T Hydrogen Peroxide 
  • 1/2 Cup Vinegar
  • Essential Oil of Choice (30 drops)


  1. Mix Fels-Naptha, Washing Soda, & Epsom Salt
  2. Add Hydrogen Peroxide and Vinegar, mixture should resemble wet sand
  3. Add Essential Oil
  4. Press into tablespoon size balls and drop onto a lined cookie sheet
  5. Let dry for 8 hours, store in airtight container
  6. Use 1 pod per load
Here are some recommended essential oils for making your own laundry pods:
-Cleansing Blend
-Medieval Blend
-HomeFree Blend


  • Posted by Bonnie on

    Can’t wait to try this! I’ve been adding essential oil to vinegar in the fabric softener cycle. Also, to the lint screen the last 10 minutes of the drying cycle. But still using store bought “natural” laundry detergent, so this is great! Thanks!

  • Posted by Charles on

    Just a note to go along with this article… Those essential oils create o3 (ozone) upon oxidation. ozone is a odor fighter. Consumes odor molecules by adding an oxygen molecule to it. These pods really work and are a snap to make.

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