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Essential Oil Alternatives: Laundry Soap DIY

Essential Oil Alternatives: Laundry Soap DIY

Pulling a fresh load of laundry from the dryer is one of life’s simplest pleasures. But before you sprinkle or pour store-bought laundry detergent over your load, spin that bottle around and read the back. Instead of a list of ingredients, you are likely to find cautions and worrisome warnings about the safety of the product.

It’s no secret that what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream. According to the EPA, ⅓ of all scented laundry detergents contain at least one possible cancer-causing chemical. Wearing clothes drenched in toxic chemicals is not only unsafe, it’s alarming.

CHEMICALS OF CONCERN

When it comes to the most harmful chemicals in household products, there may be none more troublesome than 1,4 dioxane. A number of conventional cleaning brands include 1,4 dioxane in their products to be used as a solvent and laboratory reagent. The International Agency for Research on Cancer named the chemical as possibly carcinogenic to humans. Studies done by the EPA prompted the organization to name 1,4 dioxane as a chemical likely to cause cancer.

Artificial coloring agents are also often added to laundry detergents. Think of the blue laundry liquid featured in tv commercials. The sad truth is research shows that coloring agents can cause skin allergies and irritations and may even cause cancer. Furan and imidazole are coloring chemicals that are known to cause cancer according to CA Proposition 65. Coloring agents may also be responsible for organ damage and genetic defects.

Formaldehyde is another chemical ingredient packed into many over-the-counter household products. The EWG found that the chemical not only irritates the skin and respiratory system but is likely to cause cancer. The International Agency for Research On Cancer names formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen.

THE NATURAL WAY

Every drop of EG’s essential oils are 100% pure and undiluted. Although you can use almost any essential oil you like for a DIY laundry detergent, we suggest our Purify Synergy Blend. It is an all natural disinfectant and neutralizer. Purify is an uncomplicated mixture of EucalyptusGrapefruitLemonLemongrass and Lime.

A safer alternative to traditional laundry soaps, borax is a sodium tetraborate or sodium borate, which are naturally occurring minerals. Borax should be used with some caution because like some essential oils, it can irritate the eyes or skin when applied directly. Borax should always be diluted. The baking and washing soda in the DIY dilute and help deodorize.

NATURAL LAUNDRY DETERGENT DIY

Create a detergent all your own! Avoid toxic chemicals as you refresh your laundry the natural way.

What you need:

Washing soda

Baking soda

2 bars of unscented soap

Purify Synergy Blend (or your selection)

Borax

Cheese grater

Mixing bowl

Gloves

Airtight container

How to:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add 3 cups of borax, 3 cups of washing soda and 3 cups of baking soda. Mix together.
  2. Grate the 2 bars of soap with cheese grater into fine pieces.
  3. Add the grated soap to the large mixing bowl and blend together.
  4. Add 30-35 drops of Purify Synergy Blend to the large bowl and mix together.
  5. Per load, use 1-2 tablespoons of the detergent.  

Note: Store the laundry detergent in an airtight container. Recipe should make close to a gallon of detergent.

 DIY Laundry Detergent with essential oil

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7 Responses

Edens Garden

September 23, 2019

Hi Denise! We do not have a formula for a liquid laundry detergent.

Denise Berger

September 23, 2019

I have the same question as Tamny which wasn’t answered. Can this be made into a liquid?

Edens Garden

June 18, 2019

Hi Tammy! We recommend asking your washer manufacturer to confirm, but I believe this laundry detergent is compatible.

Tammy Joseph-McKenna

June 18, 2019

Can this be used in an HE washer and can it be made into a liquid detergent?

Edens Garden

March 01, 2019

Hi Jennifer! We used Arm & Hammer washing soda, which we purchased from Amazon. A fabric softener sounds like a great idea! We’ll have to formulate one.

Jennifer K

March 01, 2019

1. Can you specify a type of washing soda?
2. Kindly provide a recipe for fabric softener.

Kelli Sikma

January 14, 2019

Do you have a recipe for fabric softener? I’ve been using one I found on Pinterest that is vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and oils… But I wonder if you might have something better.