If you look at a container of laundry detergent, you will see a list of unnecessary ingredients that are putting toxins in our clothes, then through our skin into our bodies.
There is no need to wonder what is in your laundry soap if you make your own! You will also be helping the environment when you stop buying all those containers and start reusing the same one each time you make a new batch
Another bonus is that you can change the scent depending on your mood or need each time you make it. Essential oils all have different beneficial qualities; each that may suit your families needs at a different time.
For example, if someone in the house is sick you may want to use Eucalyptus. If you’re susceptible to yeast infections then Tea Tree Oil would be your choice.
Often the ‘perfumes’ or ‘scents’ that is added to products are the most toxic, so it’s comforting knowing your clothes will only be scented by organic essential oils.
Here is the basic formula (feel free to use the essential oil of your choosing).
2 1/4 Cup Liquid Castile Soap (I use Dr. Barron’s)
1/4 Cup Distilled White Vinegar (I use Organic – try Whole Foods)
1 Tablespoon Glycerin
3/4 Cup Water
10-15 Drops Essential oil (I like Lemongrass, my husband likes lavender – both have antibacterial qualities).
Combine all the ingredients, put them in an empty laundry container – done!
Shake before using. Use 1/4 cup for small loads, 1/2 cup for larger loads.
Last modified on Tuesday, March 01, 2011