DIY Laundry Detergent infused with doTERRA Essential Oils

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. 

Gimme the Good shares a list of Dreft ingredients on their blog. Keep in mind manufacturers do not have to disclose what ingredients are actually in their detergents because of 'trade secrets.'

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. 


In a large jar or paint bucket mix,

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
  • Disclaimers:
  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. You can use oxi-clean instead of sodium bicarbonate.

Don't know how to use essential oils? Schedule a Free Wellness Consult with me and I can make it easy for you :)

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Carly Grace Milyo

Born in New York City,  Carly Grace grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools.  Carly received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 2012. During her college career, Carly began practicing yoga as an escape from her intense ACC Cheerleading training. The rigor and requirements Carly upheld as an ACC athlete combined with the social expectations and action packed schedule expected of an Alpha Phi left Carly depleted both physically and mentally.  Before Carly found yoga, she used running, partying with friends, and restricting her diet to maintain a sense of control in her life. It was Carly's true desire to find more purposeful and authentic friendships and to invest her time in cultivating her greater well-being and spirituality that lead her to yoga. 

The creativity and physical challenge of yoga captivated and inspired Carly. Yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where the perfect-ten mentality was not required; in fact, perfection is the antithesis of yoga principles.  After hanging up her poms poms and retiring from her ACC Cheerleading career, Carly quickly found herself  invested in the In Balance Yoga Community in Blacksburg, VA.  With encouragement and affirmation from Studio Owner, Becky Crigger, Carly set out for New York City to train with Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus Love Skool.

Yoga Alliance 200 E-RYT, Carly has studied and practiced with many influencers and teachers all over the United States.  Carly currently teaches Thunderbolt Power Yoga®;  a powerful alignment based vinyasa flow inspired by some of her greatest influencers including, Dana Trixie Flynn and Baron Baptiste.  Carly infuses creative ideas and sequencing into her classes. Her purpose as a teacher is to inspire people to move like themselves. Carly is committed to helping students be audaciously playful in both their practice and in their lives. 

You can catch Carly Grace teaching at her studio Thunderbolt Power Yoga, at off-site events such as the infamous FIT Yoga Series with Carly Grace at W Atl Buckhead, at music festivals, corporate conferences, and more!  Be sure to look out for Carly's quarterly Boombox Power Yoga® Class offered alongside a live DJ, accompanied by her pink boombox, and enhanced with a 16 inch disco ball. 

In the mean time, you can follow her adventures on instagram (@yoga__barbie) or give her a wave when you see her drive by in her infamous pink jeep!