Who wouldn’t want to detoxify their laundry and pay LESS by doing so!?
During my recent detox of my entire home (and by “detox” I mean freaking out and getting rid of ALMOST EVERYTHING after discovering that I had a bunch of toxic products in my home by using the Think Dirty App), I started making my own laundry detergent.
In short, this has given me piece of mind by knowing exactly what ingredients are in my laundry detergent, which ultimately makes contact with your body and has the potential to be absorbed through the skin.
Tip: If you do not have Young Living essential oils, do not fret! You can either omit them and just have unscented laundry OR choose to purchase Young Living essential oils, which you can learn more about by clicking here.
Additional laundry detox: Replace your toxic dryer sheets with wool dryer balls!
Simply place two wool dryer balls in with a load of laundry just like you would a dryer sheet.
Add a few drops of Young Living essential oils to each for an extra scent boost! (purification, lavender, peppermint, stress away are some of my favorites!)
- soften clothes naturally
- reduce drying time
- prevent static and wrinkles
- eliminate risk of toxic chemicals being deposited on clothes that could ultimately be absorbed by the skin!
You can always experiment with the proportions/amount of Dr. Bronner’s and Super Washing Soda in this recipe to meet your needs.
If you have kids who are always playing outside and active in sports, or a husband who is a mechanic you may need to use more Super Washing Soda. On the other hand, someone who is single and doesn’t get their clothes too dirty, could use less.
This recipe is for the average household who has moderately soiled clothing, so be sure to adjust it for you and your family’s needs!
This recipe is cheap, easy, and non-toxic!
** None remains after saponifying oils into soap & glycerin.
Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 100% Fragrance & Phosphate Free. It helps neutralize and eliminate odors, not cover them up with perfumes.
Ingredients: 100% sodium carbonate
If you have done even minimal searching for a DIY laundry detergent recipe on Pinterest, some of you are probably wondering why I am not including borax in this recipe. WELL. I have heard mixed things about it and would rather not take the chance of it being harmful.
The one fact that caused me to not consider borax as an ingredient in my laundry detergent is that the European Chemicals Agency added it to their “list of substances of very high concern” some years ago.
Unfortunately, after my extensive research while detoxifying my home and life, I have come to trust the European government agencies that regulate consumer ingredients products over our own regulating agencies.