Most people don’t realize how something as simple as their daily laundry routine can negatively impact their health. Dryer sheets have been listed as one of the top most toxic household products in the home! And most people don’t realize that even “natural” laundry products can often in fact be quite toxic. (See links below.)
After years of making homemade laundry detergent, I decided to switch to an “all-natural,” “free and clear,” “green-certified” laundry detergent that I found for a really great price at a warehouse store. When I looked it up on EWG’s website to see what it was rated for toxicity, I discovered that it was rated “F”–the worst rating possible indicating a high potential of toxicity and possibility for respiratory problems. Even though I KNEW a lot of “natural” household products can be quite toxic, I didn’t take the time to check this one out before buying it.
When I found out what it was rated, I immediately switched our laundry detergent!
For the Washer
I switched to Young Living’s newly-released Thieves Laundry Soap. I have ALWAYS loved any of the Thieves products, so I was VERY excited when this product came out!
With a plant-based formula, Thieves Laundry Soap gently and naturally washes your clothes, leaving them truly clean without any chemical or synthetic residue. Natural enzymes and powerful essential oils add to the formula’s strength to leave your clothes fresh and clean with a light citrus scent.
Thieves Laundry Soap can be used in all washers, including high-efficiency, and its highly concentrated formula (6X) will provide around 64 loads with just 32 fl. Oz (946 ml).
Water, Decyl glucoside, Sodium oleate, Glycerin, Caprylyl glucoside, Lauryl glucoside, Sodium chloride, Sodium gluconate, Carboxymenthyl cellulose, Alph-amaylase, Protease, Lipase, Citrus Limon† (Jade lemon) peel oil, Citrus aurantium bergamia† (Bergamot) peel oil (Furocoumarin-free), Syzygium aromaticum† (Clove) bud oil, Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil, Cinnamomum zeylanicum† (Cinnamon) bark oil, Eucalyptus radiata† oil, Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil
†100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil
It’s important to buy products that list the ingredients! There are quite a few companies out there that do not disclose their ingredients, so you have to just take their word that their products are safe. With Young Living, the ingredients are fully disclosed.
For the DIY’er, you can make your own homemade laundry detergent using essential oils as well! Here’s the homemade recipe I used before Young Living came out with the Thieves laundry soap:
1 bar of all-natural soap (castile or homemade–I use homemade goat’s milk soap)
1 1/2 cups super washing soda (not baking soda)
15-20 drops of essential oil(s)
Grate the bar of soap (either with a cheese grater or in a food processor with a cheese grater attachment). Combine with remaining ingredients and mix well. Store in an airtight container. Use 2 Tbsp for each load.
For the Dryer
To leave clothes smelling really great when they come out of the dryer, there are a couple of options!
Wool dryer balls are a great way to use essential oils to make clothes smell great naturally! After the dryer cycle is complete, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the wool dryer balls and run with the clothes on a low/no heat cycle for 10 minutes.
There are DIY recipes online to make dryer balls as well for those who want to save a few bucks.
Another great option is using the Thieves wipes in the dryer during the last 10 minutes of the cycle. This will help magnify the wonderful smell of the Thieves laundry soap!
Together, these make for a fragrant, toxin-free, and healthy laundry routine that won’t negatively impact your family’s health!
Make sure to read this article and get the full info on how most laundry products can negative affect your family’s health! https://branchbasics.com/blog/2014/12/laundry-chemicals/
and this one about the toxic chemicals in dryer sheets:
Then come back here to make sure you get what you need to clean up your laundry routine!
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Blessings of good health,
~Sara Jo Poff, #1565710