Homemade Laundry Detergent

I was pulling out things to make laundry detergent, and remembered about how many people ask me about my recipe. I’ve tried multiple recipes and this is the one that I have come to really enjoy. Its so simple that the kids did almost the entire thing by themselves.

Its easy to double or triple to make more, but I end up making a small batch and keep the ingredients on hand to make more when I run out…which is almost never!

 

Homemade Laundry Detergent

1 Bar Fels Naptha soap

1 Cup Washing Soda

1 Cup Borax

20 Drops Purification Essential Oil Blend

 

  1. Cut up the Fel’s Naptha bar into more manageable chunks. This can be a little harder, but just anything smaller than a whole bar helps.
  2. Use a Food processor to make the bar soap into a powder-like substance. This isn’t going to be a fine powder, think of large pieces of sand.
  3. Add Washing Soda and Borax. Pulse until mixed well.
  4. Add Purification essential oil blend. This adds an amazing scent, but helps to cut down on bacteria, mold, mildew and other things that get into our washing machine.
  5. Pour into a glass, airtight container. I use a pretty quart size jar. You want glass so that the essential oil doesn’t pull the bad stuff out of the plastic and hold it in your detergent. Always use glass to store anything that uses essential oils.
  6. Use 2-3 tsp in each load.

This recipe makes  enough detergent to wash 64-96 loads! You can normally get all of the ingredients at Walmart on the laundry detergent isle usually on the bottom shelf. My family has been more than pleased with this recipe for the past 6 months, and I don’t see swapping to the old stuff any time soon.

Do you use a different recipe that you love? Leave me a comment!

 

3 Oils to Keep on Hand This Summer

 

Its that time of year where its hot! Here in the south we are use to hot weather, but I’ve been seeing triple digit temps in the states north of us!

So what’s a girl supposed to keep in her purse this summer in all this icky hot weather? Essential Oils of course!

#1 Peppermint

Peppermint is the #1 most important oil to keep in your purse at all times, but the usefulness of this oil during the summer is multiplied by how many digits are on that thermometer!

  • Barbecue giving you heartburn or indigestion? Here we add a couple drops to our water or iced tea and sip.
  •  Sweating in all this heat? A few drops of peppermint in about a cup of water added to a spray bottle. Spray the back of your neck and instant cooling sensation! Ahh!
  • Traveling at night and need to stay alert? Add a drop of peppermint to a napkin and stick it in your a/c vent. Better than coffee!
  • Headache from being out in the sun? Add a drop of peppermint to your temples! Cooling and pain relief are almost instant!

#2 Lavender

Lavender oil is the 2nd most important oil that I keep in my purse. The uses for Lavender are almost as numerous as Peppermint. This is such a versatile oil, that I keep more than one!

  • Sunburn from all the time by the pool? Fill a spritz bottle with water and 20 drops of lavender oil. Spray onto sunburned area for cooling and healing.
  • Did that firework just burn you? Young Living lavender oil can be put directly on burns or open wounds! It promotes healing and kills bacteria.
  • Cranky kids from playing in the pool too much? A drop of lavender on the bottom of the feet helps promote naps!

#3 Purification

Purification is an oil that I don’t use as much during winter months, but it is certainly within arms reach during the warmer months of the year. That’s why purification is the 3rd most important oil to keep in your purse this summer.

  • Mosquitoes swarming your family? Take 20 drops of Purification oil plus 10 drops of Peppermint oil in a small spray bottle and fill with water. Spray this bottle liberally on your person and around where mosquitoes are swarming to deter the little buggers.
  • Bug bites really….bite! A drop of Purification oil helps take the sting, swelling and itching out of bug bites! This oil works amazingly fast!
  • Fleas on your dog? Add a drop of purification to your hands and rub over their coats while you are outside. You don’t want the fleas to invade your home! (note: Purification is not to be used on cats because it contains Melaleuca oil which is not safe for felines.)

These are only a few uses of each of these three very important oils that you should keep on hand this summer. To learn more about how to use essential oils be sure to get this free report!