DIY Natural Liquid Laundry Detergent

I know you (because I am you) ...
You are always on the hunt for effective + efficient ways to live an 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.

ps - if you are looking to make simple, effective + natural cleaners for your home - you will love my

Today I'm going to share with you my super simple + natural
 Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe! 


Back in 2012, I had a big problem to solve.
My 6 month old at the time, Emme, was suffering with eczema - it covered almost her whole body and I felt like I had been doing everything possible to help her heal. I was nursing her, eliminating everything from my diet that I thought was contributing, I never wore perfumes or applied anything to her skin without checking the ingredients.
But there was one thing I had missed through doing all of that.

I was using a 'natural' laundry detergent that wasn't as natural as the label claimed. 
It had fragrance in it. And just like sugar in our foods - fragrance is the devil and it hides in everything!!
So this is where my journey to becoming the Modern Hippie Mama that I am today, began. I tweaked and trialed many laundry detergents and finally came up with one that worked and didn't involve shaving down bars of soap or using ingredients that the jury is still out about such as borax. 
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.

This time in my life launched me into the world of DIY + essential oils.  
And this post became the most searched blog post on HOL:FIT!

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'.

Ok so onto that recipe...
If you use Plan to Eat - here is the recipe link up

Use between 1/4c - 1/2c per load (as you would normally use liquid detergent)

This recipe is safe for HE washers - but you will want to ensure you leave the door slightly open on all HE washers after using so air can circulate.

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

doTERRA also makes a liquid OnGuard laundry detergent that costs $35 for 64 loads, which I always have on hand too.
Their OnGuard Cleaning Concentrate for stains and tons of other uses too.

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 (protective anti everything blend) + 10 drops Citrus Bliss (smells like creamsicles)

Other oil combinations that work really well in this recipe are:

Peppermint  + wild orange
Lavender + Rosemary
Purify Blend on it's own
Lemongrass on it's own

Happy DIY'ing!
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