I've been on a quest for the perfect laundry detergent for years; in fact, I've tried so many brands that my family must wonder why I can't settle. When Channing was born, I became even more cognizant of the products we used in our household. Like most new parents, I purchased Dreft assuming it was truly the best option for our daughter. After a few short weeks, I noticed that my own sensitive skin was inflamed and I began looking for the culprit. As someone who suffers from severe atopic dermatitis, I am beyond careful with what I use in our household. I never thought a baby product could be contributing to my flare-ups. Thanks to one of my favorite blogs, Gimme the Good Stuff, I now know what harmful ingredients can be found in Dreft and other synthetic detergents.
- propylene glycol
- sodium hydroxide
- diethylene glycol
- polyethylene glycol 4000 (which Skin Deep scores as 5-8, depending on usage)
- and about a dozen other ingredients. It’s got more bad stuff in it than Tide does!
From Seventh Generation to Snuggle and everything in between nothing has worked better (or smelled better) than my homemade detergent. I'll admit, I was hesitant to make make my own detergent and a tad fearful that I'd miss the 'laundry scent' too much to stick with it. The good news is, if you like to change things up, you can use essential oils to change the fragrance from time to time.
DIY LAUNDRY DETERGENT
In a large jar or paint bucket mix,
- Baking Soda (5 lbs)
- Washing Soda (2 boxes)
- Borax (2 boxes)
- Sodium Bicarbonate (32oz, 2lbs) *the active ingredient in oxi-clean
- 5 ml CPTG dōTERRA Lavender Essential Oil
- 2ml CPTG dōTERRA Melaleuca Essential Oil
- Use 1-2 Tablespoon per load - that’s legit all you need
Optional Additional Ingredient:
- Grated Unscented Castille Soap (4 bars) *optional I do not use them*
- If you use Cloth diapers (we do) do not add the soap, it will create a barrier on your diapers making them more prone to leakage
- Borax, sodium borate, is a natural mineral used in many cleaning recipes. Over the years, some people have expressed concerns that borax isn’t a safe homemade cleaner. After extensive research on my end, I feel safe using Borax. One of my favorite bloggers, Wellness Mama, has an in-depth article on Borax safety if you're interested in learning more click here.
- It is very important to use dōTERRA Essential Oils. The more pure the essential oil, the more powerful the results. ... During the CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade process, each batch of oils is subjected to extensive and rigorous testing that ensures the purity, potency, and consistency of the essential oils. I cannot vouch for other companies, but I can tell you that some use additives, synthetic fragrances, and carrier oils that could pose harmful side effects. The FDA does not regulate essential oils and companies are not required to share all ingredients with you.
- You can use oxi-clean instead of sodium bicarbonate.