Want to healthy-up your laundry routine? Removing toxins from your laundry care is a huge step toward better health and it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. All you need for this recipe is epsom salt, baking soda & essential oils!
Most detergents and softeners on the shelf today are filled with toxic chemicals that we touch and breathe in every time we use them. Ohhh, but it smells so good! Put it down, Susan. Walk away.
The dangerous ingredients in these products have been known to cause skin irritation, respiratory upset, hormone disruption and even cancer. The U.S. is very lenient with the chemicals they allow to be used in cleaning and skincare items. Want to check out how clean yours is? Download the ThinkDirty App to see for yourself and then run back here and make the switch!
You will love this super simple fabric softener recipe! It combines epsom salt, baking soda and essential oils to naturally soften clothes without all the harsh chemicals. I mix it all up in a stainless mixing bowl and then store it in a closable glass jar (kind of like this) with a scoop. The scoop I use measures about 2 tablespoons and I throw it in over the dry clothes before I start the wash cycle. For heavy duty loads, I also add plain white vinegar in the softener spot on the laundry machine.
Can’t ditch the habit of using dryer sheets? Consider using dryer balls instead! You can add more oils in for an extra boost of scent & softness.
Let me know if you make this recipe and what you think about it! I’ll post the rest of my laundry routine items soon.
DIY Fabric Softener
This natural fabric softener combines epsom salts, baking soda and essential oils to create a non-toxic laundry aid that you’ll absolutely love. Not only is it better for your health, but super cost effective and simple to make!
- 4 cups epsom salt unscented
- 1 cup baking soda
- 20-30 drops essential oils of choice
- 10 drops dōTERRA OnGuard essential oil blend
- 10 drops dōTERRA Lemon essential oil
- 10 drops dōTERRA Grapefruit essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a glass jar. Add 1-2 tablespoons to a load of laundry, right over the clothes before starting the wash cycle.
Try these oil combos!
- 15 drops Lavender + 15 drops Lemon
- 10 drops Spearmint, 10 drops Grapefruit, 10 drops Tangerine
- 10 drops Purify, 10 drops Lavender
- 10 drops Peppermint + 15 drops Wild Orange
- 10 drops Geranium, 10 drops Rosemary, 5 drops Lemon
- 10 drops Douglas Fir, 10 drops Grapefruit, 10 drops Bergamot