DIY Non-toxic Laundry Soap

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I’m one of those people that says, “I will never…” Then months or years later I find myself doing exactly what I said I would not do. For years I said I would never teach my kids at home. Now we are starting our sixth year of homeschool. I also said, “I will never make my own household cleaners. I don’t have time for that! There are lots of natural brands out there. I will just use those.” And that’s what I did…until I did some research on Environmental Working Group and found many of the natural brands contain toxic, harmful ingredients. The laundry soap brand I was using got a B rating on EWG and included three ingredients with a D rating. These were the concerns cited for one of the ingredients: “cancer, developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects, damage to DNA, respiratory effects, chronic aquatic toxicity, general systemic/organ effects, digestive system effects, nervous system effects, skin irritation/allergies/damage, damage to vision.” This is from a brand that prides itself on being “non-toxic.”

Some brands with an A rating contain ingredients with a D rating.

So I decided to make my own non-toxic laundry soap. I searched Pinterest for recipes that did not require grating soap. First I tried a powder version. It did not clean our clothes well. Next I tried a liquid recipe. I was completely surprised that I do have time to make it! It only takes 15 minutes to make 2 gallons. It’s so easy a 10-year-old can make it, and it gets our clothes super fresh and clean. I use 1/3 cup per load, so 2 gallons makes enough soap for 96 loads. For a family of 4, I do about 10 loads of laundry per week, so one batch lasts me over two months.

I have been making my own laundry soap for about a year and absolutely love it!

When I did use store brands, I always bought fragrance-free laundry soap because I would have allergic reactions to the toxic, synthetic fragrances. Now that I make my own laundry soap, I use my all-natural Young Living essential oils to give our clothes a fresh, clean, non-toxic scent. Young Living essential oils are 100% pure and free from chemical additives and extenders, so I don’t have to worry about my family absorbing any chemicals from the laundry soap.

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Non-toxic Liquid Laundry Soap

Time: 15 minutes

Makes 2 Gallons (You can easily cut this recipe in half if you want to make 1 gallon.)

Ingredients/materials:

2-gallon bucket

2 gallons water

1/2 cup Super Washing Soda

1/2 cup baking soda

1/2 cup unscented liquid castile soap

40 drops of your favorite essential oils (I use Young Living Lavender.)

Large wooden or plastic spoon

2 1-gallon glass containers or 8 mason quart jars

Instructions:

  1. Pour washing soda into bucket. Add just enough hot water to cover the washing soda, and stir well to dissolve.
  2. Pour baking soda into bucket. Stir to dissolve.
  3. Fill your bucket with hot water close to the 2-gallon mark, leaving 1/2 inch of space on top.
  4. Add castile soap.
  5. Add essential oils.
  6. Stir well to mix.
  7. Use a ladle or measuring cup to pour laundry soap into glass containers.

Use 1/3 cup laundry soap per load. This soap is safe to use in HE washers.

Check out my DIY laundry stain spray. It’s great to use with this soap!

 

Thanks to Dwelling in Happiness for the inspiration for this recipe!

Young Living Make-and-Take Fall Party

I had a great time opening my home to friends for my first Make-and-Take party on Thursday! Check out what we made below.

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Pumpkin Spice Room Spray

So yummy smelling! Really, what is fall without pumpkin spice? Young Living Clove essential oil provides antioxidant and digestive support, and you can use it when you have physical discomfort. Young Living Orange essential oil promotes relaxation, supports your circulatory system, and can uplift your mood. Young Living Cinnamon essential oil provides immune and circulatory support.

Ingredients:

2-ounce brown/blue glass spray bottle

1.5 ounces distilled water

1 tsp witch hazel (with alcohol to help disperse the oil)

3 drops Young Living clove essential oil

3 drops Young Living orange essential oil

1 drop Young Living cinnamon essential oil

Directions:

Using a measuring cup and funnel, pour distilled water into glass bottle.

Using a dropper, put 1 tsp of witch hazel into bottle.

Put 3 drops clove oil in bottle.

Put 3 drops orange oil in bottle.

Put 1 drop cinnamon oil in bottle.

Add a little more distilled water to top off bottle.

Put top on bottle.

Add a label to bottle.

Gently shake bottle before spraying.

Enjoy a pumpkin-fresh-smelling house!

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Alternative for pregnant women:

7 drops of Young Living Citrus Fresh essential oil (instead of clove, orange, and cinnamon) Citrus Fresh oil blend contains Tangerine, Orange, Mandarin, Lemon, Grapefruit, and Spearmint essential oils. Citrus Fresh is energizing, purifying, and it promotes mental clarity.

You can also make a bigger batch of this spray by using

16-ounce blue/brown glass spray bottle

14 ounces distilled water

2 Tbsp witch hazel (with alcohol)

24 drops clove oil

24 drops orange oil

8 drops cinnamon oil

Lavender Lemon Detox Bath Salts

So relaxing and soothing! Young Living Lavender essential oil supports healthy skin and promotes relaxation. Young Living Lemon essential oil is cleansing and provides immune and circulatory support. Epsom salt soothes sore muscles, increases circulation, and promotes relaxation. Baking soda is alkalizing and is known for drawing toxins out of your body.

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Ingredients:

8-ounce glass jar with lid

1/2 cup Epsom salt

1/4 cup baking soda

5 drops Young Living lavender essential oil

5 drops Young Living lemon essential oil

Directions:

Using a funnel, add Epsom salt to bottle.

Using a funnel, add baking soda to bottle.

Put 5 drops lavender oil into bottle.

Put 5 drops lemon oil into bottle.

Use a knife or spoon to stir mixture.

Use a spoon to add more Epsom salt and baking soda to top off bottle.

Stir again, and put lid on bottle.

Add label to bottle.

Add 1/2 cup to bath.

I also talked about the amazing Premium Starter Kit!

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Want to get your own starter kit? Click here!

Thanks to Pamela Smerker Designs and Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry for the inspiration for the recipes.