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Greening your Cleaning - Laundry
Welcome to "Go Green" Essential Oil Recipes

You are welcome to Search through this collection of Essential Oil Recipes. This is an ongoing colaborative effort put together by and for persons who want to get away from harmfull chemicals, not only in their cleaning and household products, but in their every day lives. Recieve peace of mind and save money too. Enjoy!



Essential Oil Recipes - Laundry

With these great DIY solutions, you can make your own Laundry detergent for less than half the cost of a store brand plus it is gentle on clothing, and great for the environment.

You can have your laundry always smelling good and fresh with essential oils. These are natural scents from nature, not chemical fragrances that are now being reported as toxic to your home, children and pets

FYI:

Adding white vinegar is an effective fabric softener and helps break down soap residue.

Pre-treat heavy stains. Citric Acid works to break down enzymes found in common stains and is highly functional as a natural stain remover as well.

Otherwise known as Sodium Carbonate or Soda Ash, Washing Soda is a common base ingredient in many laundry soaps. In addition to acting as a water softener, Washing Soda is a stain remover and can even work as a fixative for some natural dyeing techniques.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

1 t. borax
1/4 bar Ivory soap
1/4 cup washing soda(sodium carbonate)
1/8 cup borax
Optional:Lavender or Pine essential oil

Instructions:Grate the soap chunk (an old cheese grater works perfectly, the smaller the shavings, the better).

Add shavings to 1 cup water in a saucepan. Heat over medium-low, stirring, until melted.

Fill an old gallon jug* half full with hot water. Add melted soap, washing soda, and borax.

Add additional hot water until container is full.

Shake until until dry ingredients dissolve.

Let sit overnight to thicken. This is your concentrate.

To use, fill another jug or other container half full with your concentrate and the other half with water.

Shake, and use.

Yields 2 gallons
Use: 1/4 cup per load (LG machine),
5/8 cup per load (regular)

Fresh Mint Laundry soap

1/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s peppermint castile soap
20 drops Pepperint essential oil
1/4 cup washing soda (Sodium Carbonate or Soda AsH)
1/4 cup borax
1/2 cup vinegar with the load
Instructions:: Mix soap, washing soda, and borax in a gallon jug.

Shake until until dry ingredients dissolve.

Fill the rest of the way with hot water.

Yields: 1 gallon

Use: 1/4 cup per load (LG machine)
1/3 cup per load (regular)

Scent your Soap Blends

1 part Lavender + 2 parts Lemon
4 parts Lavender + 1 part Black Pepper
4 parts Lemon + 1 part Eucalyptus
2 parts Lavender + 1 part Fennel
2 parts Lavender + 1 part Patchouli
4 parts Sweet Orange + 1 part Lime + 1 part Fennel
3 parts Lavender +2 parts Fennel + 1 part Peppermint
Any oils that you want to use will work for your laundry soap.
A lot of soapers use Coconut Oil specifically for their laundry soaps.
Start out with 1 ml. essential oil or essential oil blend per cup of powdered detergent, and add more for a stronger scent.

Fine Linens and Lightweight Fabric Laundry Soap

1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
1 Cup Washing Soda (Sodium Carbonate or Soda Ash)
1/4 Cup Natural Castile Liquid Soap

Laundry Soap for Heavy Duty Loads

1 Cup Washing Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
1 Cup Shredded Soap
1/4 Cup Citric Acid
1/2 Cup Vinegar (added to rinse compartment)

Basic Powdered Laundry Detergent

1 bar of soap
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda (Sodium Carbonate or Soda Ash)

Use a grater to shave the bar of soap into small flakes.
Mix well with borax and washing soda until you achieve an even, fine mixture.
Store in labeled, air-tight container.
This recipe makes approximately 32 ounces of detergent.
Use one to two tablespoons per load depending on size.

Basic Liquid Laundry Detergent

1 bar of soap
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda (Sodium Carbonate or Soda Ash)

Use a grater to shave soap into a pot.
Add two cups water.
Turn heat to low, and mix until combined.
Remove pot from heat and set aside. Pour borax and washing soda into five-gallon bucket and mix.
(You can pick up empty five gallon buckets at a hardware or home improvement store)
Add soapy water from pot. Mix quickly and thoroughly.
Add enough water to fill three-quarters of the bucket, and continue stirring.
Allow mixture to set overnight. Use one-half cup for small loads or one cup for large loads.
Scent with essetial oils as desired.

"No Grate" Laundry Soap

At less than a dollar a month - and about 15 minutes to make each batch - this recipe a winner!!
3 Tbsp. of Borax
3 Tbsp. of Washing Soda (Sodium Carbonate or Soda Ash)
2 1/3 Tbsp. liquid Dish Soap

Fill a gallon container with hot tap water (a pitcher may be easier).

Add Borax and Washing Soda.

Stir until mostly dissolved.

Add Dish Soap. Stir until dissolved.


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Barbara Elizabeth Essential OilsGeneral Aromatherapy Safety
Though essential oils are safe and 100% natural, yet users are advised to take some precautions while using aromatherapy products. Some general safety guidelines that should be strictly observed are:
  • Keep out of reach of children
  • Always ensure the integral dropper or reducer is in place
  • Avoid direct contact with eyes and other delicate areas
  • Only for external use
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Consult your health care professional about any serious disease or injury. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or prescribe any natural substances such as essential oils for serious health conditions that require professional attention.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Consult your health care professional about any serious disease or injury. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or prescribe any natural substances such as essential oils for serious health conditions that require professional attention.