Castile soap continued! There is also a bar of castile soap that is handy for laundry. I have been making my own laundry soap for a few years now. It is so much cheaper AND I can completely control ingredients so it can still be effective and safe for our environment. There are sooooo many unnecessary chemicals in traditional laundry soap. Not only can they be irritating to super sensitive skin since they leave a residue on our skin (especially the liquid kind) but they are also contaminating our groundwater. I prefer powder for my HE washer but you can make liquid too. Anyone else get an itchy throat walking down the laundry aisle at Target??
Oh dryer sheets? Don't even get me started!!! I have 2 kinds. One, a container of wet rags just hanging out in a solution of water, vinegar and essential oils (EO). And two, I have these handy 100% wool dryer balls that I have added a few drops of different oils to that fluff our clothes as they dry AND make them smell divine. I can make my own Mountain Mist or Meadow Fresh Scent depending on my mood! Yep, I'm a frugal girl.
detergent-Ratio of 1 cup borax to 1 cup Arm and Hammer washing soda to one bar of laundry soap like Fells Naptha, Dr. Bronners castille soap or dove sensitive. I usually triple the above recipe to make a big batch.
Grind the bar of soap into the powders then add 10 drops of your favorite EO fragrance. Stir and put in a pretty container. Economical AND Earth friendly! I mix up a bunch so I use the entire box of borax, the entire box of washing soda plus 1/2 box of baking soda and 3 bars of Dr. Bronner's castile soap. Then I add 40 drops of essential oil (purification).
Dryer sheets-fill a container with water and add a healthy splash of vinegar. Add 8 drops of your fav EO. Add cut up rags (I used an old, clean towel). Keep covered until time to add a wet rag to each wet dryer load. It will make your laundry smell heavenly and won't leave that gross film that dryer sheets do. Alternately, add a few drops EO to wool dryer balls! Fluffs up AND smells amaZING!
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Hi, I'm Dr. Heidi!
A mom of 3 and an expert in chiropractic care of babies and kids.