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In Place of Laundry Detergent

Up until a few years ago, I had very sensitive skin. The tiniest irritants triggered bright red hives. My tailor sweetly compared me to The Princess and the Pea. It felt so much worse than that though. Not only did the itching keep me awake, but it pestered me throughout the day.

Throughout the years, I started opting for the gentlest cosmetics and body care products I could find. I had pretty decent options everywhere except laundry detergent.

The synthetic scents from the detergents gave me headaches and pretty much every article of clothing still irritated my skin despite the detergent’s gentle claims.

I decided to try a combination of my trusty Liquid Dr Bronner’s and essential oils. Tea Tree, because of it’s anti fungal properties and lavender to repel moths and because it’s Aaron’s favorite scent.
Here’s my formula for one medium-large load of laundry…
1 Tablespoon of liquid Dr Bronner’s soap (unscented)
6 Drops tea tree essential oil
8 Drops lavender essential oil

The laundry comes out clean and fresh-smelling, plus I know our “detergent” is gentle and most likely not the culprit if any of us have a skin or allergy issue.

I will say, I believe my chiropractor, as well as going paleo for a time, in addition to this laundry “recipe” is what curbed my sensitive skin. However, I’ll happily stick with my Dr Bronner’s and essential oil concoction because it gets the job done for a fraction of the price of regular laundry detergent.

Have you tried any laundry detergent alternatives? If so, I’d love to hear your “recipes.”


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