In today's world we are literally bombarded with toxins and so are our pets. In fact, they likely receive more exposure as their bare paws continually come into contact with whatever has been used to clean the floors, and pesticides/herbicides sprayed on grass. Harmful substances are absorbed by the skin through paw pads and plus our pets sometimes lick themselves, each other, the floor and objects.
Unfortunately, few of the chemicals used in laundry products have been thoroughly tested, particularly in combination with other chemicals, and some chemicals that have been shown to be harmful are still widely used.
- Respiratory problems
- Eye irritation
- Skin irritation
- Disruption of the endocrine system
Today I want to share with you how you can replace the toxic laundry products that you may be using in your home with safe and effective alternatives. Oh, and you can make them yourself for pennies! Because I was curious how the costs compared to store bought products I went ahead and calculated the cost for myself per batch and discovered I was also saving a lot of money by making my own laundry products!
Watch for my upcoming posts on other types of household products you can make yourself.
Ok, let’s start detoxifying our house!
Homemade Laundry Soap
1 cup washing soda
1/3 cup of kosher salt
1 cup liquid Castile soap
20-40 drops essential oil
Take 2 cups of the water and put into a pot & heat to just below boiling. Add the washing soda and kosher salt stirring until both have dissolved. Mix into the remaining cold water and add liquid Castile soap. Add whatever essential oil you prefer. I make mine using purification essential oil as it neutralizes any odors and leaves a fresh scent. Mix it all together and store in a one gallon plastic milk jug or glass container. Shake or stir before each use. If using a plastic jug for storage make sure to use a new jug for each batch as the essential oils will break down the plastic over time (glass is much preferred).
Use ¼ to ½ cup per load depending on load size and soil level.
Cost: $7.70 per batch (34 – 68 loads)
If you are having difficulty finding washing soda I will give you a tip...baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and washing soda (sodium carbonate) are nearly identical in their chemical composition. In fact, you can turn baking soda into washing soda simply by baking it. Spread the baking soda out on a shallow pan and bake at 200°F for an hour and viola…you now have washing soda!
Homemade Fabric Softener
20-40 drops of essential oil
Mix together. Add ¼ to ½ cup to the rinse cycle to soften clothes.
Cost: $5.17 per batch (32-64 loads)
Homemade Bleach Alternative
¼ cup lemon juice
1 cup (3%) hydrogen peroxide
10-12 drops of lemon or orange essential oil
Mix all ingredients together. Use 1 cup per large wash load to whiten.
Let solution soak with laundry for about one hour.
Cost: $1.39 per batch (6 loads)
Wool Dryer balls
For best results use 6 felted 100% wool balls. Add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil onto each dryer ball for great smelling laundry.
Homemade Dryer Sheets
Homemade Stain Remover
1 teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of kosher salt
2-4 drops of lemon essential oil
Apply mixture to stain and let soak. Scrub fabric gently. Rinse and repeat as needed.
Cost: less than 40 cents per application!
You can select the oil you use in your laundry products not only for a nice fragrance and cleaning properties, but also to benefit you and your pets physical and emotional health. Imagine that instead of using toxic products that harm your health you could be using products that offer therapeutic benefits!
Because therapeutic oils are very concentrated you only need a few drops for each use so it is extremely cost effective. Here are the costs per drop of the most common essential oils I use in my laundry:
Cedarwood 0.05/drop Citrus Fresh 0.07/drop Lavender 0.11/drop
Lemon 0.05/drop Orange 0.05/drop Purification 0.09/drop
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