Doing laundry can be cheap and effective with natural, non-toxic options. DIY Detergent, stain sticks, or sprays are simple to make. DIY Fabric softners are refreshing and economical as well, along with better for the environment. If you are not into DIY recipes I have pre-made options like Onguard Laundry Detergent Concentrate, Onguard Cleaner Concentrate. Purify cleansing blend, Onguard protective blend, Lemon oil, Lime oil, Grapefruit oil, Eucalyptus oil, Teatree oil are a few perfect options to use for naturally clean and fresh laundry. A couple of my favorite laundry hacks and recipes can help you make the switch to natural. I don't even shop in the laundry detergent aisle of the store anymore! Here are a few recipes to help you get started. You can order the doTERRA essential oils, Onguard Laundry Detergent or Cleaner Concentrate if you have your own account or set one up with me to get started.
1 cup castille liquid soap
1 cup baking soda
2 gallons hot water
30 drops Onguard, Purify, or Eucalyptus essential oil
Combine in large soup pan
Store in sealed containers
Tough Stain Stick
Onguard Laundry Detergent or Onguard Cleaner Concentrate full strength in a rollon bottle. Gently massage into fabric or use a soft toothbrush on stained area. Apply to area needed and let sit for 30-60 minutes before washing.
Tough Stain Spray
1 cup white vinegar
15 drops Lemon essential oil
Spray to area needed, gently massage into fabric or use a soft toothbrush to rub area. Let sit for 30-60 minutes before washing.
Fresh Fabric Softener
2 cups white vinegar
citrus peels (orange, lime, lemon, grapefruit or combo)
3 drops Lemon oil
3 drops Lime oil
3 drops Grapefruit oil
Combine ingredients in mason jar, shake well. Let sit for 1 week before use. Remove citrus peel. Add to final rinse cycle, to fabric softener dispensing cup, or a fabric softner ball depending on type of washer and method you use.
4 Nepal wool dryer balls or similar option (doTERRA offers these occasionally)
3-4 drops essential oil on each ball
Toss into laundry at end of cycle on non-heat setting. Heating essential oils can be flammable.