• Kelsey Sims

DIY Laundry Soap

Conventional laundry detergent is loaded with chemicals like sulfates, fragrances, and phenols. These can disrupt your body, ranging from skin and throat irritation to carcinogenicity. Along with negative effects on the environment and especially your home.

One of the most harmful chemicals found in laundry detergent is 1,4-Dioxane. This chemical, which is found in paints and varnishes, is found in leading brands of laundry detergent like Tide. The EPA considers this solvent a human carcinogen, and states:

“1,4-Dioxane is used as a solvent. Acute (short-term) inhalation exposure to high levels of 1,4-dioxane has caused vertigo, drowsiness, headache, anorexia and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs in humans. It may also irritate the skin. Damage to the liver and kidneys has been observed in rats chronically (long-term) exposed in their drinking water. In three epidemiologic studies on workers exposed to 1,4-dioxane, the observed number of cancer cases did not differ from the expected cancer deaths. Tumors have been observed in orally exposed animals. EPA has classified 1,4-dioxane as a Group B2, probable human carcinogen.”

Yeah, no thanks! Why not make your own natural laundry detergent? This simple DIY yields a natural and effective detergent.

Ingredients 2 cups washing soda 2 cups borax 1 bar grated castile soap 25 drops favorite essential oil single or blend (I use Citrus Bliss)


  1. Mix washing soda, borax, and grated castile soap together.

  2. Add essential oil, mixing to combine.

  3. Use ¼ cup per load. Store in an airtight container.

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