Organic laundry detergent is a safe and nontoxic alternative to using most store bought detergents. Commercially made detergents contain many synthetic chemicals such as chlorine bleach and EDTA that are harmful to our health.
Many of us don’t realize it but we get allergies and skin reactions just by wearing our clothes! My suggestion is to look for a biodegradable natural detergent that is made without phosphates.
I personally use Thieves Household Cleaner in the wash and in the dishwasher. It is highly concentrated and has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. If you like to make your own homemade laundry detergent, then grate up Thieves bar soap for your soap flakes!
How do I Use Essential Oils in the Wash?
If you want great scents in your clothing without the skin sensitivities, then essential oils can be added to your wash or your laundry detergent directly. They not only add great natural fragrance but they enhance the effectiveness of the laundry detergent.
Just add 3-5 drops directly to your rinse cycle or add a tablespoon to an unscented organic laundry detergent. If you make your own laundry detergent then add directly into mixture.
What Essential Oils do I use for the Laundry?
You can really use any essential oil, but here are some suggestions:
I really like Citrus Fresh because it combines several citrus oils such as grapefruit, lemon, with spearmint oils. I drink it in my water, put it in my laundry and diffuse it to help with concentration and anxiety. What a useful oil to have around the home!
What Natural Product do I use to Keep Fabrics Soft and Bright?
Keeping fabrics soft and bright is easy with organic distilled white vinegar. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar or add in 1/4 cup of baking soda in the rinse cycle with the essential oils that you choose! It’s that simple!
What Scent and Effect do I want to Create when using Essential Oils in the Washer?
We can choose oils for our laundry based on the properties of the oil or even the results we want.
For instance, euclayptus is wonderful to treat dust mites in bedding. Studies have shown that eucalyptus oils can kill dust mites very effectively! To kill dust mites add 15-25 drops of eucalyptus oil to a large load or adjust accordingly.
If I am washing my dog’s blankets or doing the barn laundry I always like to use Purification because the oils in that blend help to to repel ticks, fleas and insects. And this oil was designed to kill odors, bacteria and molds.
Anything goes, so have fun and be imaginative!
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