August 3, 2015
Cleaning clothes is something we all have to deal with every week. Many of the commercial detergents are full of harsh chemicals and strong scents. However, when you work on using natural soaps and essential oils for laundry, you have less soap build-up in your clothing, and less chemicals going down into the sewer system and eventually into the environment. Using essential oils for laundry is a great way to clean your clothes naturally.
In our continuing efforts to help you save the environment with more natural cleaning products, we have our next installment in the Cleaning House With Essential Oils series. We have several tips and recipes for different stain removers, laundry detergents, and fabric softeners to give you something new to do to use natural cleaners in your laundry.
(This list will be the same on each of the cleaning house articles)
Lemon, Lime, Lavender, Orange, Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Rosemary, Pine, Spruce, Cypress, Thyme, Palmarosa, Citronella, Wintergreen, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Spearmint, Oregano, Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud, Sage, Petitgrain bigarade, Vetiver, Coriander, Juniper Berry
(This list contains all oils used in all the cleaning articles.)
Here are a few recipes for various ways to use essential oils in your laundry. This can get you started and help you find ways to develop your own recipes.
Place clothes in the washer and add enough warm water to cover them. Combine all ingredients and add to the washer. Let clothes soak for an hour or more, then wash as usual.
Combine all ingredients and add to the clothes in a washer ful of warm water. Allow to soak for an hour or two, then wash as usual.
Mix together and cover the stain with the formula. Let stand for 30 minutes or more to absorb as much grease as possible, then wipe away. Soak the remaining stain in the following formula:
Soak until stain breaks free. Wash in hottest water the fabric can stand.
Combine all ingredients into a plastic container or squirt bottle. Shake once or twice every time before adding to wash. To use, add 1/4 cup per average load; 1/2 cup for extra large or heavily soiled loads. The following is a Bleach Alternative Formula:
Add all ingredients to laundry load. For extra whitening power, let the clean clothes hang outside to dry in the sun. *This formula makes enough for one load. You can make more but keep lemon juice and essential oils separate until ready to use.
Combine all ingredients into a plastic container, preferably one with a pour spout. Give this formula a gentle shake, or just turn upside down once or twice, before every use. For an average load, use 1/4 cup.
*This can be used for any type of laundry but it’s especially nice for cotton linens that have been allowed to dry naturally in the sun after washing. The aloe vera juice and vinegar soften, while the citric acid and grapefruit extract brighten and sanitize.
Combine the soap, washing soda, and borax in a heavy plastic container. Blend the vinegar and essential oils in a separate container, preferably one with a pour spout. Use 1/2 cup of the soap mixture for washing, add 1/2 cup of the vinegar mixture during the rinse cycle.
Add Rosemary oil to the warm water. Place clothes in washer and add soap and Rosemary water. Launder in cold water on the gentle cycle. *Do not use on 100% wool, silk, or satin.
Mix dry ingredients and vinegar together. Mix Lavender oil in Castile soap. Add the two mixtures to the laundry and launder as usual. The following is a Diaper Whitening Formula:
Add ingredients to water. Soak diapers for 20 – 30 minutes, longer if heavily soiled, before laundering.
Combine all ingredients in a heavy-duty plastic container. Add 1 cup to rinse cycle for each load. *You can also use Orange oil or a spice oil or spice blend for the essential oil(s).
Combine all ingredients in a plastic spray bottle. Shake well before every use. Lightly spray the garment and iron as usual.
We all love to have clean laundry and it’s so much more fun to enjoy fresh clean laundry when you have used natural detergents and the scent of your own choosing. Let us know what you like to do with your laundry. What experiences have you had using essential oils for laundry? Tell us in the comment section down below.