Simple swaps: Laundry
I used to love taking a deep breath to smell the “Fresh Meadow” scent of the warm towels out of the dryer… I wish someone had told me years earlier that my chronic headaches were caused by the ingredients in artificial fragrances, and that those deep breaths were just adding to the toxic burden on my body.
What do we use for laundry? Thieves of course! Thieves Laundry Soap is free of SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), dyes, petrochemicals, formaldehyde, phosphates, synthetic perfume, and Optical brighteners. It is super concentrated, so a bottle lasts our family for several months!
Our other big laundry swap has been dryer balls instead of dryer sheets, they're inexpensive, last for years, and you can even add essential oils to them before each load!
Here are a couple of DIYs for you to replace your dryer sheets and fabric softeners:
3 cups of Epsom salt
3 cups of baking soda
30 drops of essential oil (try Lemongrass, Lavender, Purification, Thieves, or Citrus Fresh)
Mix together (stir or shake)
Add 2 Tablespoons directly on top of your laundry before starting a load
Dryer Sheet Swap
Switch from toxic dryer sheets to wool laundry balls. Before tossing them in the dryer, add a few drops of your favorite oils to add aroma to your drying clothes!
For bursting freshness try lemongrass, Lavender, Purification, Thieves, or Citrus Fresh
For a soft, gentle, floral aroma try Sacred Mountain, Joy, or Seedlings Calm
Laundry Stain Stick
1 TBS Thieves Household Cleaner
1 TBS Thieves Laundry Soap
Add to a 1-ounce roller bottle and apply to stains before washing
1.5 cups hot water
¾ cup white vinegar
10 drops of your favorite essential oil
¾ cup Young Living Copaiba Vanilla Conditioner
Blend together in a blender and pour into a 24-332 ounce pump bottle. Fill your dispenser to the fill line or use ½ cup if you have a non-HE washer.