About three years ago, I wanted to start trying to live a healthier lifestyle. I started with what I consumed, buying as much organic meat and produce as possible. I also tried finding beauty and cleaning products that were healthy for me and my family as well. I’m sad to say that a lot of products on the market are full of harmful chemicals and we don‘t even realize it. I was shocked at what I was finding out after reading various articles.
After doing hours upon hours of research on so many of the products I use in my home, I was upset and discouraged. All along, I thought I was buying things that were good because of how they were marketed. But they weren’t. Here’s a little tidbit...do you know that a well-known laundry detergent, specifically marketed for babies and one I used every time I had a baby, isn’t good for them at all? So sad. And very upsetting. But I felt as though I could redeem myself going forward.
Since I do five million loads of laundry every week it made perfect sense for me to start with laundry detergent. I figured it would not only be healthier, but it’d be cost-effective too. That’s when I scoured Pinterest and found an all-natural laundry detergent. I’m not taking credit for this amazing detergent, but I do want to share it with my friends since I’m asked all the time for the recipe.
This recipe will make enough to wash 300+ loads of laundry and cost approximately $20.50. That’s just about $0.07 a load!
All-Natural Laundry Detergent
•1 3lb container Oxi Clean Free
•28 oz Epsom Salt
•4lbs Baking Soda
•1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda- 3lb7oz
•4 bars Kirk’s Castile Soap-grated
Mix all together in a large container. Use 1-2 tablespoons per load. I add 5-6 drops each of lavender and lemon essential oil to each load on top of the powder. Use your favorite scent.
The Epsom salt acts as a softener so no need to use harmful fabric sheets in the dryer. I do like to use wool balls sprinkled with the same essential oils for an extra boost of fragrance.
Let me know in the comments if you try it and how you like it.
If you’d like more information on the products you use, please visit EWG.org to see how your favorite products rate.
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