The amount of chemicals in laundry detergents will blow your mind. They get into our body via contact with your skin and through inhalation. These effects range from throat irritation to carcinogenic. You could certainly purchase all-natural detergents but they come at a higher price. Worth it, in my book, because the cost of managing detrimental diseases is far worse.
I have a more economical version of laundry detergent for you, though! It takes 5 minutes to make and only 3 ingredients. Baking soda, borax, and a bar of castile soap. That’s it!
I personally prefer my clothes to smell like nothing. But if you like to add a little scent you could easily add some drops of Young Living Essential Oils. Joy or Citrus Fresh are great ideas!
I do, however, like to add drops of Purification into the load if I have a particularly smelly load, such as sweaty workout clothes or musty towels. If you have a bed-wetter, Purification essential oil is perfect for adding to the load to purify the sheets and blankets.
To make the detergent:
1 2lb box of baking soda
1/2 a 4lb box of borax
1 bar of fragrance free castile soap
- Add the baking soda and borax to a large glass jar.
- Grate the bar of soap into the baking soda/borax mixture using a cheese grater.
- Stir everything and mix well.
Use 1tbsp for normal size loads. Up to 2 tbsp for oversized loads.
** Here is another tip for you…when taking bedding off the beds for washing day, fill a pint sized mason jar with baking soda and add 5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of purification. Put the lid on tight and give it a shake to mix it all up. Sprinkle mixture all over the mattress and let it sit for a few hours, then vacuum it off before remaking the bed. It’s the best way to clean your mattress!