DIY Toxin Free Laundry

Natural laundry detergents are filled with all kinds of toxic chemicals. This is an easy switch that can be made, and it’s cost effective too!

Common chemicals found in most store bought laundry detergents:

  • 1,4- Dioxane –  known carcinogen
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS)- skin irritant
  • Formaldehyde- known carcinogen
  • Benzenes- skin, nose & eye irritant
  • Synthetic fragrances- respiratory system irritants (asthma).

What you’ll need:

  • Large glass bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Quart jar with lid


  • 1/2 cup epsom salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
  • 1 1/2 cups sodium carbonate (washing soda)
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 20-25 drops essential oils (of your choosing!)


  • This recipe is not overly complicated. Measure ingredients and put them all in a bowl.
  • Mix well and be sure to incorporate all ingredients, including essential oils, if using.
  • Store in a Mason jar or other glass jar of choice with a lid.
  • Use 1-2 tablespoons per lid.

To use this laundry detergent:

I measure 1 heaping tablespoon per regular load. For heavily soiled or larger loads, I will use 2 scoops.

Looking for a natural option to replace toxic fabric softeners? Try adding a little bit of white vinegar to the rinse cycle.

Also, wool dryer balls also make an excellent natural option to replace toxic dryer sheets for use in the dryer.

If you make and use this, leave a comment to let everyone know how it worked for you.