I’ve been on a mission to clear the toxic chemicals out of our house & to live a simpler, more homemade life. It started with food, then moved on to beauty products and eventually to cleaners. One of my grocery store guilty pleasures had always been laundry scent boosters. Whew, those things smell good. Like really good! But they aren’t good for you or your wallet for that matter. Here’s why:
1. They don’t list their ingredients in a way we, the consumer, can understand. The ingredients they do list aren’t really ingredients; they are categories of ingredients. This means the true ingredients are undisclosed so we have no way of knowing what is in them or how those ingredients will effect our health, the water supply or the overall environment! Did you know that fragrance companies don’t even have to disclose their ingredients? There’s no law saying they have to, which is good for them because they can hide the toxins and the VOC’s (volatile organic compounds that enter the air as gas or vapor). The fragrance companies decide that if they don’t FEEL their products could be dangerous, then they don’t really have to tell you anything.
2. It’s a dispersant. Dispersants often contain impurities known as nitrosamines. These are known and stated by the National Toxicology Program, the EPA, the EWG, and Prop 65 of California to be cancer causing to humans. They’re also know to cause “long lasting effects to aquatic life” once they enter the water system.
3. The perfume, or combination of petrochemicals, used in these scent boosters is completely unknown. The EWG says they can contain hundreds of untested chemicals. Let me say that again…HUNDREDS of UNTESTED chemicals. And here we are dumping it on our children’s clothing. They likely contain phthalates and synthetic musks, which are both known to be hormone disrupters. Did you know fragrances are among the top 5 allergens in the world? Also listed on the ingredients is dye, which also contains unknown chemicals.
In addition to these obvious health hazards, my youngest child always commented on how fun they would be to play with whenever he saw me use them. He just turned three, and I have had this gut feeling I needed to get them completely out of my house ever since he became interested in them. It just seemed dangerous even having them in my home, even if I wasn’t using them anymore.
So after a while of learning to simplify my home and cleaning products, I thought, wouldn’t it be great if I could add some non- toxic, affordable, homemade scent boosters to my laundry?! After a bit of research, I decided to try one with just TWO ingredients! Are you ready? Here it is:
4-5 cups coarse salt
1-2 tsp of essential oil (I used lemon)
Thats it! Pour the salt and oils into a container with a tight lid, shake vigorously. I stir a bit to help mix it good. Let mixture rest for a day before using to infuse the oils fully. I don’t use expensive brands of oils for this, but I do still use a reputable brand like NOW for laundry purposes. Use about a 1/3 or a half cup for regular loads. I use a full cup for sheets. This isn’t going to make your clothes smell as heavily as commercial scent boosters, but I still really like it and love the way it leaves my clothes smelling! I mostly use this on just sheets so it lasts me a good while.
I hope this inspires you to look into some of your cleaners for toxic chemicals and helps you to simplify some of your favorite supplies! I’d love to hear what some of your favorite DIY cleaning recipes are!