aromatherapy recipes

Essential Oils in Homemade Laundry Detergent

I've been making homemade laundry detergent without essential oils for a while now, but I've noticed my husband's and my skin have become itchy with it. Do the oils add any moisturizing effect? Or are there other oils I could add that would assist with this?

Comments for Essential Oils in Homemade Laundry Detergent

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Nov 14, 2016
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
less is better NEW
by: Anonymous

Stop adding essential oils to laundry

Use only baking soda and laundry bar soap, such as Zote. Baking soda deodorizes, softens water

Use vinegar in rinse water

Feb 15, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Try this NEW
by: Anonymous

Add white vinegar to your rinse cycle. It removes all traces of the soap.

Feb 15, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Try this NEW
by: Anonymous

Add white vinegar to your rinse cycle. It removes all traces of the soap.

Dec 27, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe NEW
by: Kyley

Hi there,

I'm sorry to hear your laundry detergent recipe is bothering your skin. Ugh.

Adding essential oils likely won't solve the problem.

My guess is that you've formed a sensitivity to the type of soap flakes you're using, so you might want to switch to a different brand.

In fact, you might want to try using a simple, natural glycerin soap bar or an olive oil soap bar and grating it yourself. They're generally milder than the more caustic soap flakes you buy.

Using a mild, skin-suitable soap bar like glycerin or olive oil soap will make a thinner, more watery laundry soap, so you may want to double the amount of soap flakes in your recipe if you want a thicker laundry detergent.

You can also add skin-soothing essential oils such as lavender or chamomile, but that can get costly, especially with the more expensive oils. you need A LOT in a good-sized laundry soap recipe.

I'm not sure what laundry detergent recipe you're using, but here's a link to the laundry soap recipes I use, which have some suggestions for essential oil blends. Note: Replace the clove essential oil with more lavender - clove can irritate sensitive skin.

Or try soap nuts - they're completely natural and you can re-use them a bunch of times before they lose their cleaning power. The recipe page I referenced above has details on how to use them. Scroll down the page to find the section on how to use soap nuts.

Here's a link to buy soap nuts if you want to try a 100% natural approach. Mountain Rose also has a soap nut laundry recipe you can try.

I hope that helps clear up your itchy skin. If not, comment back and I'll try to come up with some other solutions. Good luck!

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Cleaning Recipes Help.


aromatherapy recipes rss
?] Subscribe to
This Site's Feed

XML RSS
Google RSS button
My Yahoo! RSS button
My MSN RSS button
Bloglines RSS button



SEARCH BY INGREDIENT, RECIPE OR PROBLEM


All information, commentary, tips and other postings are for information and entertainment purposes only.
Use of this website constitutes acceptance of Easy-Aromatherapy-Recipes.com's disclaimer, privacy policy and advertising policy.

copyright© 2009 - 2013 by Kyley Zimmerman, easy-aromatherapy-recipes.com