Make a DIY linen spray
Some weeks, it’s just a struggle to get the laundry done. We’ve all been there! Create your own DIY linen spray to add an irresistible scent that keeps things fresh(ish) until you get around to doing another load.
Essential oils to avoid using with your laundry
While there are tons of essential oils that are great for adding to your laundry, including the ones listed above, there are certain ones you should avoid.
Essential oils that stain: Some essential oils can leave stains on your laundry due to a naturally occurring dark or yellow colouring from the original aromatic plants. Instead of risking coloured oil stains on your laundry, it is best to avoid using these oils on your clothes and other linens.
Oils with a natural dark colour:
- Blue Tansy
- German Chamomile
Oils with a natural yellow colour:*
*The yellowish colour fades, but you’ll still want to avoid using it around your whites.
Use a laundry soap free from harsh additives and perfumes
Many people have no idea what kind of harsh chemicals and additives are hiding in their laundry detergent. When selecting a detergent, always check for synthetic ingredients and opt for one that is free of harsh additives and fragrances. The following are common additives that should be avoided:
Many popular laundry detergents contain optical brighteners to give clothes the appearance of being clean and white. By reflecting blue light, optical brighteners give the illusion of fabrics that look whiter than they actually are. These chemicals are designed to absorb into fabrics and remain on clothes after washing.
If you’re looking to keep your whites bright without adding synthetic chemicals to the wash, try one of these easy alternatives:
- If you see stains on your clothes, pretreat them before washing.
- Don’t mix your whites with other colours in the wash. Launder them in an all-white load and use hot water.
- To whiten small items like socks or napkins, fill a pot with water and a few lemon slices, bring to a boil, turn off the heat, then add the linens. Soak for up to an hour, then launder as usual.
- For an extra brightening boost for whites, hang them to dry in the sun for natural bleaching!
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
Sodium lauryl sulfate, or SLS, is a cleansing agent widely used in products like soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and laundry detergents. It is used so often because it’s inexpensive and produces lots of foamy lather. Many people are concerned about SLS in their products because it can sometimes cause irritation or itchiness and may have other unknown side effects.
Some people consider synthetic perfumes, such as parabens, to be problematic because companies aren’t required to disclose the exact ingredients in the fragrances. Some have described that these perfumes can irritate sensitive skin and cause itching.