All Natural Laundry Detergent Recipes for the Cottage Witch

I have scoured the internet for some of the best and simplest homemade laundry detergent recipes that are all natural or nontoxic and I have come to the conclusion that these two are by far the most popular. One is all-natural and the other is non-toxic. Non-toxic is based on the ratings from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Healthy Cleaning scale.

How did the chemicals get in my clothes???

Everyone wears clothes (…I hope), at least most of the time. What we put on our skin matters when it comes to chemicals because our skin absorbs some of these chemicals. Now don’t get me wrong, I get that our skin is water proof and it meant to repel things. BUT things like lotions, soaps, cleansers, etc. all stay on your skin for extended periods of time and your skin can absorb the chemicals that are in the product.

The same goes for things that are in your clothes. The more we wear our clothes and allow them to sit on our skin, the more likely it is for chemicals to be absorbed. These chemicals come from the manufacturing process (formaldehyde and other nasty chemicals), and from what we put on them, and yes this includes what you spill on yourself J.

My Husbands Pro tip: food goes in your mouth and not on your clothes. You're supposed to tell people what you ate, not show them. 

You laundry detergents and dryer sheets may be cheap and smell great, but they’re not good for you or the environment.

I have been using the cheapest detergent that smells good for well, forever. I am not brand specific, but it usually ends up being Sun Detergent and Suavitel Softener. These got a “D” and an “F”, respectively on the EWG website. They scored so low because of aquatic toxicity, scents that can cause respiratory irritation, and low biodegradation. On top of that, both products had poor ingredient disclosure. Who knows what else they put in these things? 

Here are 4 recipes that you can make in the kitchen to help you reduce chemicals and be greener.

DIY Laundry Soap Borax Free
2 cups hot water (hot to dissolve baking soda)
1/3 cup salt
1 cup castile soap (scented, if you prefer)
10 drops lavender essential oil (or other scent of your choosing) (Optional)
Shake to mix water, baking soda, and salt together in a jug (like an old milk jug). Then add castile soap and essential oil, if using.
Portion size: ¼ cup per load
Safe for HE washers.

Non-toxic Laundry Detergent
Makes 211 oz
1 7 oz  box Super washing soda
4 lb  baking soda
16 oz castile soap bars  (4x 4 oz each or however you get to 16)
28 oz Epsom salt (optional)
Portion size: 1 tbsp per load
Safe for HE washers.
Note: Epsom salt can be eliminated if you use a fabric softener or fabric softener sheets like the ones I have listed below.

DIY 100% Natural Laundry Fabric Softener
20 drops essential oil of choice
Put the ingredients in a glass jar and shake to mix.
Portion size: ½ - ¾ cup per load

DIY Reusable Fabric Softener Sheets
1 old t-shirt, towel or sheet
1 mason jar with lid
¼ cup water
3-4 drops essential oil

Cut your fabric into 6x6” squares. Mix all liquids together in the mason jar or other glass jar of your choice. Add your fabric pieces, even if you have to stuff them in. Put the lid on and shake.  Not all liquid may be absorbed right away, but they will eventually soak it all up. Separate and reuse fabric pieces for a second, or third batch.
Portion size: 1 sheet per load

If you decide to try any of these, let me know how things went and what you liked and didn't like about them!

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