Have you detoxed your laundry room yet? If not, you better get moving because the chemicals in conventional laundry products have been linked to a variety of diseases ranging from allergies to cancer! For all my DIY peeps out there, making your own natural laundry detergent is the way go and I have a super easy (and effective!) recipe below.
Why Using Natural Laundry Detergent is Important
Every day you are exposed to a cocktail of chemicals that interact with each other in ways that are far beyond our understanding. This “chemical soup” is particularly dangerous when we consider that the clothing on our skin are primary carriers of toxins!
Here's an interesting report from our friends at Annmarie Skincare…
Since 2008, more chemicals found in common grocery store detergents have surfaced. In fact, we found seven more, and have listed them for you here, along with some healthier alternatives. You shouldn’t have to suffer asthma or dermatitis just to have clean clothes.
Scientists Find Proof of What We’ve Suspected
Researchers from the University of Washington studied top-selling laundry and air-freshening products and found that they emitted dozens of different chemicals. All of them gave off at least one identified as toxic or hazardous under federal laws!
Worse—none of these chemicals was listed on the label.
Laundry Chemicals are the Worst!
Among the products tested were a dryer sheet, a fabric softener, and a laundry detergent, as well as spray and plug-in air fresheners. Results showed nearly 100 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from the six products, and none were on the label. “Five of the six products emitted one or more carcinogenic ‘hazardous air pollutants,’ which are considered by the Environmental Protection Agency to have no safe exposure level,” said study author Anne Steinemann.
That’s not all. A later 2011 study by the same researchers found that air vented from machines using top-selling scented liquid laundry detergent and scented dryer sheets contained hazardous chemicals, including two classified as carcinogens.
For the study, researchers ran a load of laundry once with no products, once with a leading brand of scented liquid laundry detergent, and once with both the detergent and a dryer sheet. They captured the exhaust from the dryer vent with a canister.
An analysis of the captured air showed more than 25 VOCs, including seven hazardous air pollutants. The two carcinogens were acetaldehyde and benzene.
“These products can affect not only personal health,” said Steinemann, “but also public and environmental health. The chemicals can go into the air, down the drain and into water bodies.”
This, my friend, is why it's so important to make your own natural laundry detergent!
12 Toxic Chemicals to Avoid
In this interview with Stephen Ezell, CEO of MyGreenFills, we discuss the dangers of these toxic laundry product chemicals and outline a few of the worst. There are actually 12, which we call the The Laundry Room Dirty Dozen,
To download a FREE copy of The Laundry Room “Dirty Dozen” – 12 Ingredients To Avoid Like The Plague! and a printable wallet guide to help make sure you're only buying safe products at the store, CLICK HERE.
How To Make Natural Laundry Detergent
Note these ingredients are rated “A” by the Environmental Working Group indicating their safety and non-toxicity.
Try this out next chance you get and let me know what you think in the comment section below! I'd love to hear your thoughts! If you have any natural laundry detergent DIY tips, please share them as well!
And be sure to check out my other DIY Recipes!
Natural Laundry Detergent Ingredients:
- Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda Detergent Booster & Household Cleaner
- OxiClean Laundry Baby Stain Soaker
- Dr. Bronner's Unscented Soap
- 3 glass gallon containers (5-gallon heavy duty plastic buckets work as well for mixing)
- Bottle of any citrus essential oil
Begin on your stove top, grating half the bar of soap in a LARGE pot, on low heat. Emphasis on the LARGE….. 🙂 You will see why in Step 4. And a cheese grater works just perfect for grating the bar.
Slowly add 5 cups of water. Stir until the soap is completely dissolved. You should see just a few suds at this point.
Stir Oxiclean and Washing Soda gently into mixture until dissolved. This will take 2-3 minutes and the mixture will start to feel frothy and begin to grow. Now the growing part is the fun part. 😉 Invite the kids in for this.
Before it begins to overflow, remove from heat, and move to a sink to catch suds overflow. (I didn't do this step the first time, and the kiddos made a slip and slide on my tile floors in the kitchen.) Watch the blob grow if desired…. 😉 and let cool.
Once soap has cooled for about 10 minutes add 4 cups of HOT water to each jar.
Evenly distribute the soap mixture and 40 drops of your favorite citrus oil to each jar.
Stir mixture and add cool water to fill each jar till almost full. Let set overnight to thicken some.
- ¾ cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda Detergent Booster & Household Cleaner
- ¾ cup OxiClean Laundry Baby Stain Soaker
- ½ bar Dr. Bronner's Unscented Soap
- 3 glass gallon containers (5-gallon heavy duty plastic buckets work as well)
- 1-5 ml bottle of any citrus essential oil
- (Stove Top)
- Grate the entire bar of soap over LARGE pot on low heat - you can split in two batches if you don't have a large enough pot.
- Add 5 cups of water.
- Stir soap and water until dissolved on medium-high.
- Add OxiClean and Washing Soda in mixture until dissolved
- Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.
- (In Glass Jars)
- Pour 4 cups hot water into each of the 3 jars.
- Then add about 2 cups of the soap mixture into each bucket with 40 drops of any citrus essential oil.
- Stir, then add enough cool water to fill each bucket.
- Let each bucket thicken over night.
- And don't forget to stir before each use because the detergent may get lumpy or gelatinize.
- Easy peesy!
- Quick Note: Depending on whether you have a high-efficiency washer or not, you should use between1/4 - ½ cup scoop per load.
Safety & Drug Interactions
Are you sure you're using essential oils safely and effectively? Are you confused by dilutions and conversions?
Let me help you by taking out the guesswork. Download my FREE dilution chart guide HERE!
When it comes to drug interactions and contraindications, there are literally textbooks devoted to the study of essential oil safety and, as a trained researcher and doctor, I think it’s important to note that there is virtually no research out there discussing how essential oils interact with drugs in long-term human clinical trials. This means that essential oil safety is still a wild frontier in the science community and no one really knows (for certain) how essential oils will interact with drugs or your body.
Nonetheless, properly diluting your essential oils is fundamental to safety and effectiveness because they are highly concentrated plant compounds. To help you along your journey, I have a created an easy-to-use dilution guide that you can download for FREE to make sure that all of your topical applications are safe and effective for the entire family.
CLICK HERE to download my free Essential Oils Dilution Chart!
As with as medicine and natural therapies, this is only a guide and be sure to discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur and consult your physician immediately.