If you know me at all, you know that I'm passionate about living naturally and sustainably. With the help of essential oils, I've been able to create a nontoxic home for Ricky and I. When I'm mixing up a DIY potion, it truly brings me so much joy. It's simple, but it ultimately has a huge impact on our health and wellbeing. I thought I'd share a few of the ways that I've switched over to a nontoxic, no waste laundry routine. But first... can I just say how much I LOVE this basket? My mom recently started a shop called Restored that carries ethical, sustainable goods and she sent this to me. I'm obsessed. It's beautiful, sturdy, and empowers artisans - it's one of those items that I know I'll have around for a long time.
One of the easiest ways to reduce waste in your home is to ditch the paper products and plastic bags - this includes dryer sheets. They are often laden with harsh chemicals and contain synthetic fragrances. Instead, grab a set of these reusable wool dryer balls! I've had mine for over a year and they're still in great shape. You can either use them as is or put 1-2 drops of essential oils on each ball to add a soft, all-natural scent to your laundry. Some of my favorite oils to add to the dryer balls include: lemongrass, thieves, lavender, citrus fresh, ylang ylang, and so many more!
The next swap is fabric softener. It can be incredibly toxic and it's so easy to whip up an alternative. Epsom salt is super versatile so when I saw that it could be used as fabric softener, I was stoked! I already had it on hand so it took me less than a minute to put it together. All you need to do is grab a jar, add 1 cup epsom salt, 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oils (I did Thieves + Lemon), shake it up and store with your laundry supplies. Add 2-3 tablespoons to the bottom of the washer before you load your clothes.
Laundry detergent can also be a very toxic item. It's important to note that your skin works as a sponge so what you put on your skin - including clothes - is so important! If you have switched your diet and reduced your intake of processed foods, you definitely want to make this switch as well. You might not be ingesting toxic chemicals through your food, but you might be ingesting them through your skin. The most nontoxic laundry detergent I've found is the Thieves Detergent. There are some other great options out there, but this is truly the most pure and natural one that I've seen.
If you're curious where your current laundry products land on the toxic scale, the Think Dirty app is a great resource. You can scan or search for your favorite laundry brands and see how it rates on a 1-10 scale. I'm a firm believer in educating ourselves on the products we buy and being good stewards of that knowledge. Laundry may seem like a mundane task, but the products you're using could be impacting your family's health. From my experience, knowledge is truly power and can evoke lasting change in your life! If you want more information or have questions, please let me know. I love to share my knowledge with others. I hope you can implement these easy natural options into your own life as well!