All-natural and plant based options for washing your laundry
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Let's look into why I value using natural laundry detergent.
In several of my blog post you will become aware that we are on this journey because we want to make better health conscious decisions in all areas of our life. The simple changes here and there all add up to improving our overall lifestyle. Understanding that removing traditional products from our house would allow us to avoid unnecessary exposure to chemicals is just one of those simple changes that has huge impact on our wellness. In the laundry room alone, there are hundreds of chemicals that after years of exposure, could cause systemic irregularities. No Thank you!
With a natural laundry detergent your getting:
For a more detailed answer, you want to check out my blog on the Top 5 Natural Recipes to Transform Your Home, where I explain a few of the various hidden chemicals in our conventional household products, which are found in our laundry products too. From that post alone you will be a knowledgeable consumer and will learn how to be smarter than companies greenwashing product labels, you will learn about how to identify harmful ingredients listed on labels, and understand how years of exposure can cause bioaccumulation in our body. Plus you will find other simple ways to switch to a more natural, plant based lifestyle with 5 simple products. In addition to those 5 other household items, we also personally switched over to Young Living Thieves Laundry detergent within the first year of getting essential oils into our home because it’s an easy way to remove a lot of chemicals that were causing our skin to be exposed to chemicals.
It’s important to consider our skin when talking about our health since it is our largest organ with many vital functions from regulating body temperature, water absorption, and working as the bodies first line of defense with the immune system. Many other physiological occurrences happen occur in different layers of the skin that is necessary for proper body function. For example, “Skin also functions as a large storeroom for the body: the deepest layer of skin can store water, fat and metabolic products, and it produces hormones that are important for the whole body” (National Library of Medicine).
When I hear about hormones and metabolic products being produced or interacting right at skin levels, I know what I am putting on my skin matters. Hormones, part of our endocrine system, literally control and activate body functions through interactions with all body systems and cells. These little communicators control things like our autonomic nervous system and have interactions with our cells all over our body, these cells are the building blocks of our DNA. What scares me the most is how chemicals impact what type of communication is occurring in our body. With these functions being stimulated in the skin and due to dermal absorption -- which is described by the Center for Disease Control as “the transport of a chemical from the outer surface of the skin both into the skin and into the body” (www.cdc.gov), it only makes sense to try our best to avoid conventional chemical filled products.
The products we choose to use impact the structure of our cells, signals to our hormones, and our DNA. Since we know these things are happening in the many of the layers of our skin, in our home we eliminate the chemicals from our products because of dermal absorption. We only want our body to be exposed to natural ingredients that have no harmful effect on the system. The CDC has more information about skin, chemical exposure, and dermal absorption
Simple and Affordable All-Natural Laundry Detergent
Option # 1 - Young Living Thieves Laundry Detergent:
The option we go with in our house is buying Young Living’s Thieves Laundry Detergent. The product is scientifically formulated to effectively and gently clean clothing. It’s made up of only natural plant-based ingredients and essential oils. Natural enzymes and powerful essential oils like Thieves, Jade Lemon, and Bergamot, add to the formula’s strength, leaving your clothes fresh and clean with a light citrus scent. We find that the laundry detergent cleans well and a little goes a long way. Using the Thieves Laundry Soap leaves your clothes truly clean without any chemical or synthetic residue.
The laundry soap works in all washers, including high efficiency, and it can be poured directly onto clothes. It's also a highly concentrated formula so the 32 fl oz bottle will handle approximately 64 loads!
When buying Thieves Laundry Soap, you know that it is formulated without:
Follow the proper washing instructions found on the garment’s label, then use Thieves Laundry Soap.
For an additional cleanse, we like to add white vinegar to our washer. We add the vinegar to the fabric softener compartment during each wash.
Another Cost Saving Hack, Dilute Young Living Thieves Laundry Detergent:
If your interested in making the Thieves Laundry Detergent last a little longer, here is a tip on how you can dilute the detergent. Since the detergent is highly concentrated, some people like to dilute the soap with Thieves Cleaner and water!
Option #2 Homemade Laundry Soap Recipes
If your really into the DIY products, I’m still going to give you a few recipes. I personally order the detergent already made because it just makes my life a little easier. It’s nice to know these recipes in case I want to share or run out of my Thieves Laundry Detergent.
Recipe # 1: Powder Detergent
1.5 Cups Baking Soda
1.5 Cups Washing Soda
1 Cup Borax
½ Cup Epsom Salt
2 Tablespoons Salt
5 drops Young Living Purification Essential Oil
5 drops Young Living Lemon Essential Oil
Large glass, airtight container
Recipe # 2: Liquid Detergent
Grate ¼ of a 5 ounce Fels-Naptha Bar Soap
2 Cups Borax
¼ Cup Washing soda
½ Cup Thieves Household Cleaner
10 drops of Thieves Essential Oil
10 drops of Purification Essential Oil
*Using Orange, Lemon, Lavender Essential Oil are all great alternatives or the recipe.
Gallon Glass Mason Jar
Other ingredients or recipes to use in the laundry room:
2 tablespoons Borax Powder
8 ounce of water
Lastly, compliment your load of laundry with Wool Dryer Balls!
Give your laundry day a fresh spring start with using wool dryer balls. By doing the work and considering switching to natural laundry detergent, you want to skip out on the toxic dryer sheets too. Instead of the conventional fabric softener and dryer sheets, try wool dryer balls with a few drops of your favorite essential oil. When living for financial independence we make cost effective decisions too, so using our favorite essential oils and dryer balls are reusable!
Dryer balls fluff up your laundry, prevent clothes from clumping, increase air circulation, and cut down the amount of time it takes your clothes to dry; they can cut your drying time by 25%!
I found that fabric softener and dryer sheets cause of indoor pollution, The “laundry smell” that people are used to is actually volatile, carbon-based chemicals that evaporate at room temperature and they are some of the most toxic things we can have in our home. It’s so simple to find a chemical free way to freshen up your laundry than to exposed your skin to the harsh toxins.
Compliment the Wool Dryer Balls with Lavender, Lemongrass, Purification, Lemon or Geranium essential oils. Wool Dryer Balls help reduce static, increase fluffiness, and soften clothes—all without any harsh perfumes or chemicals. When pairing them with Lemongrass or Lavender essential oil to enjoy a naturally derived springtime scent.
If you need any help making these recipes or getting your hands on Thieves Laundry Detergent, please let me know! I am happy to help you directly.
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