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DIY Natural Liquid Laundry Detergent

I know you and  you as a part of the HOL:FIT community.
You are always on the hunt for effective + efficient ways to live and awesome + natural + vibrant life.
You spend your time + your money intentionally.
Aaand you like the odd DIY project. {aka your Pinterest board is a tad overwhelming}

Well today I'm going to share with you my super simple + green Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe that I've trialed + tweaked over the last 2 years. This is the most searched blog post on HOL:FIT!

UPDATED May 2016:
I have 2 video recordings of this recipe you may be interested in:

> 05/24/16: YouTube video recording
> 08/17/15: other ways I create a Green Laundry Room here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1l-ai3tiTs

If you'd like to learn more about the oils + how to get started - CLICK HERE

Not sure if you knew this about me but it might not surprise you to know that I rarely buy a skincare, beauty or cleaning product anymore. I stick to the basics - spending my money on quality ingredients that I can use in tons of different recipes. And I'm a complete skeptic - it just never felt good buying $100 jars of LaMer skin cream or $45 jugs of Tide detergent that had so much fragrance in them my whole neighbourhood would smell like 'gentle rain'.

My journey to being the Modern Hippie Mama that I am today began when my daughter Emmerson had full-body eczema for almost a full year. I tried so many different things until I realized that what I thought I was purchasing as a natural detergent - was actually still full of toxic ickiness (aka fragrance). So I rolled my sleeves up and got to work. What you know of me by know is that I will never share something I don't fully believe in....and I do the work, I research and experiment in my own body + home first.

Ok so onto that recipe.
You will want to make this if you are at all concerned with toxins, if you are a Mama or if you simply want to put some extra cash back in your pocket. I might also add that this recipe is safe for HE washers and doesn't involve Borax or grating a bar of soap ;)

Use between 1/4c - 1/2c per load (as you would normally use liquid detergent)
If you use Plan to Eat - here is the recipe link up

Cost Breakdown:
  • 1c Castile Soap = $3.75 {based on Dr. Bronners $15/32oz} 
  • 1c Baking Soda = $0.31
  • 1/3c Sea Salt = $0.50
  • 20 drops of doTERRA essential oil = $1.60
  • TOTAL = $6.16 for about 60 loads
To Compare Costs:
  • Tide Free + Gentle costs at least $12 to do the same amount of loads. So being that the average home does 350 loads/yr you would end up purchasing about 6 jugs of Tide {$72}. Making your own with this recipe would cost you $37/year.
  • Other cleaner companies with products:
  •  - Norwex costs about $30 for 40 loads
     - doTERRA has a liquid OnGuard laundry detergent that costs $35 for 64 loads {I keep this on back-up} I also love their OnGuard Cleaning Concentrate for stains.
So although the financial incentive isn't crazy high, when you factor in the convenience of making it at home, the fact that it's completely safe on your skin {especially if your kids/you have skin issues such as eczema} and the greatest factor is that IT WORKS!

As a Lululemon ambassador, I sweat daily in their clothes. My husband leaves his gym clothes in his trunk all the time and it works on those. And with 2 young girls, I do at least 1 load of laundry every day.
I switch up which oils I use every time I make a batch but my fave combination is 10 drops OnGuard + 10 drops Citrus Bliss. The Citrus Bliss smells amazing {think creamsicles} and the OnGuard is a protective blend. Other oils I have used in this recipe are Lavender + Peppermint, Purify Blend or Lemongrass.

For more info contact me at heyholfit@gmail.com

Enjoy using this recipe and stay tuned for more posts like this on other DIY thangs I do in the beauty + cleaning dept!


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