You may love the smell of your favorite laundry detergent, or how your fabric softeners make your clothes feel on your skin, but it’s not worth the side effects.
Known side effects of conventional laundry detergents and fabric softeners include skin irritation, allergies, rashes, and headaches. Less often people can experience much worse side effects like brain toxicity, liver disease, respiratory failure, immune malfunction, hormone disruption, and cancer.
We have to be our own advocates and know the ingredients we are using in our detergents and fabric softeners. Most conventional products include chemical ingredients like parabens that are known endocrine disruptors, can cause developmental and reproductive issues, and other ingredients that can even cause cancer. Some of these include 1, 4-Dioxane, nonylphenol ethoxylates (Nonylphenol ethoxylates were banned in Canada since 1999 and by the EU), artificial colors, sulfates, propylene glycol, among others. Our government agencies have released studies that list some of these chemicals as probable human carcinogens, yet we continue to allow these products into our homes. Even the cleaner products out there have synthetic fragrances, which are a combination of undisclosed chemicals. These chemicals can be extremely toxic to our everyday wellness and have worse effects after being built up in our bodies overtime.
When your clothes are washed with these chemicals, they’re also absorbed into the skin, then into your bloodstream and all of your body systems. Clearly you cannot stop cleaning your clothes, but you can make a healthier choice.
This homemade recipe consists of only 4 Ingredients: Borax, Super Washing Soda, Castile Soap, and Essential Oils.
This recipe comes out to be about 13-27 cents per load or less if you use coupons or purchase in bulk. That is the same or less than using conventional products that are 95% water and filled with disclosed an undisclosed toxic chemicals.
I also recommend using wool dryer balls and essential oils, so that you can stop using toxic fabric softeners liquid and sheets. Using dryer balls will have your clothes coming out smelling fresh and fragrant and feeling just as soft. Some of my favorite essential oils to drop on the dryer balls are Joy and Lavender.
- 2 Cups – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
- 2 Cups – 20 Mule Team Borax
- 1-2 Bars – Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap
- 15-30 Drops – Favorite Essential Oils
*I used Thieves Essential Oil because of its cleansing properties and for extra immune support needed this time of year. Thieves essential oil blend is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils. It’s pretty interesting how this blend was inspired. In France, during the 15th century and the plague, thieves would rob from the dead and dying. Legend has it that authorities caught them and were going to let them off with their charges if they only shared the blend of oils that were protecting them from becoming infected. Now we use a similar blend with our household cleaning products or diffuse it to freshen up a room.
- Shred, grate, or use your food processor to shred the Castile soap into the tiniest possible pieces. I’ve used a cheese grater (best option if your looking to work on your beach bod), a Ninja food processor (best way I’ve found yet), and a blender from the 80s (works, buuuuuuut…).
- Mix all of your ingredients in a jar or sealed container.
- Measure 1-2 tablespoons per load depending on what kind of washer and laundry it is.
- Enjoy clean, chemical free, soft, and fresh smelling clothes!
If you don’t like DIY’s, Young Living has large line of cleaning products, laundry soap, and a Household Cleaner. They are natural, plant based products with a seed to seal promise, that works wonders for your home.
The Thieves Household Cleaner is one of these products I use everyday. It comes in a concentrate and can be diluted with water at about $.80 for a 32 ounce spray bottle. It works on everything and smells amazing. Like any new surface cleaner, if you’re feeling concerned about using it on a priceless heirloom or unique surface, always test it yourself first. However, I have never had an issue. I use it on everything in the bathrooms, kitchens, on windows, and in the car. Best thing is, its made from plants – CHEMICAL FREE!
This recipe along with the others I’m sharing are super simple product swaps that can make a big difference in your family’s health. And better yet, they will save you money too!!
When we know better, we do better and FEEL better. We have options and a choice.
So again thank you for letting me share this with you. This is me, sending my love to you and your families.
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There are so many healthy benefits from making the switch and using the natural ingredients used in this simple recipe. You are going to save loads of money this way. And you won’t be exposing yourself to the toxic chemicals that are in your pricey, conventional laundry detergents and fabric softeners. So why not?!
I’m so glad I’m able to share my wellness journey with you one recipe at a time. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and how I can continue to help!
How to get Started?
If you want to know how I got started using essential oils to increase my overall wellness or how you can improve your own wellness journey, start here.
Wishing you Happy and Healthy Trails…
Here are just a few resources to get you started while doing your own research:
… so many more. Knowledge is power, so have some fun!