Think with me… do you strive to eat healthy? I will discuss healthy eating habits and recipes in future posts, but sometimes I think we focus so much on what goes into our bodies that we forget to think about the environment around us. What do we allow to come in contact with our skin, or what do we breathe in? For me, a big part of living a mentally composed life is living a healthy life – and this means being healthy inside and out! What we allow to touch our skin or what we inhale is just as important as the food we eat. Unfortunately, we cannot control the environment around us in many situations, but we do have much control on what we allow in our home environments. Because of this, I choose to eliminate chemicals and harsh ingredients from our home. This gives me peace of mind on so many levels! One of the many ways I make the environment in my home healthy is by making all of my laundry products myself, and it costs me pennies per load! It saves me money, gives me peace of mind, and only takes me minutes to make. It’s so easy!
Eliminating chemicals in our home is necessary for our skin, our respiratory, and our brain health (just to name a few). Toxic chemicals can be harmful to our brain function especially in children. It makes me feel great as a mom to know that I do everything in my power to eliminate toxins in my home and make the air as clean and healthy as I can for my growing girl.
This is my laundry room. It smells fabulous in here and is a healthy non-toxic environment.
3 simple recipes to save money and naturally make over your laundry room:
1) Simple 3 ingredient Laundry detergent:
1 bar of dōTERRA Serenity soap or Citrus Bliss (I prefer Serenity)
3-4 cups of Borax
3-4 cups of Arm and Hammer washing soda (use equal parts Borax and washing powder)
Grate the soap with a cheese grater into a large bowl and add the washing soda. Coat the soap with the powder and separate the soap pieces – this will keep them from sticking together. Mix in the Borax. Combine and store in an airtight container.
*Use 1/3-1/2 cup per load.
*This scents your clothes beautifully and is great for stains.
2. Freshening Spray for Laundry Balls:
2oz glass spray bottle
10 drops each of doTERRA’s Lavender and Purify essential oils or 10 drops each Lavender and Melaleuca.
*Add essential oils to the spray bottle and top off with distilled water.
*Spray on the laundry balls before each load and toss into the dryer
*Shake to combine before each use.
* I also use this to spray my absorbent diffuser pad hanging over my dryer
3) Fabric softener
Fill a mason jar with Epsom Salt (leave room to shake)
Add 20-25 drops of your favorite doTERRA essential oils (I usually use Lavender)
*Add ingredients to a mason jar and shake to combine
*Add approx 2 TBS per load right in with your laundry detergent.
So simple and so healthy!