Natural Laundry Pods DIY

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if there was this little miracle laundry pod… (insert dreamy harp music) man-made-carcinogenic-chemical-free, that includes fabric softener and has an amazing fresh scent. One that you could make yourself for a very low cost, that would save you lots of time vs. the traditional homemade laundry soaps we see everywhere these days?! (back to reality) I thought of that too! So, I made them!

FullSizeRender (1)If there’s one thing this hippie dislikes more than anything else, its doing laundry. The only thing that really gets me excited about doing laundry is having inexpensive, homemade products, that I am proud of creating, to test and tweak, and give testimony to others. I am very sensitive, especially my skin. Skin is the biggest organ on your body. Which is exactly why you don’t want to bombard it with any more chemicals than you have to. Would you feel safe rubbing Tide with bleach on your liver? If not, then you shouldn’t wash your clothes in it either. The thing is, it’s not that hard to make your own and still get great results, especially now that I have done all of the complicated stuff and am giving you the end result, the perfect hippie recipe.

This recipe will use some very basic components that are safe, inexpensive, and easily found. Washing soda, for example, is sodium carbonate, which is derived from the ashes of plants. Washing soda is alkaline, and softens water which is great news for your washing machine and clothes. It can be used as a food additive. If it’s safe for your stomach, this hippie says it is safe for your skin! You could sub in baking soda, but it doesn’t clean as well. Zote soap, which is made from tallow and coconut oil, with citronella essential oil. You could also use Fels Naptha, however my preference is white Zote, due to having fewer shady ingredients, including dye, and you get a larger bar for the same price. Zote also smells better to me. White vinegar (all things fermented are hippie approved), epsom salt, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide are other ingredients. Peroxide is one thing that may surprise you to see here, in my proclaimed man-made-chemical-free recipe. Did you know that hydrogen peroxide is found naturally in the ozone, in ground water, sea water and fresh water? Now you do! Then, of course, I’m going to add essential oils, because, well, I’m a slippery hippie.

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  • 1 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup grated Zote
  • 2 Tbsp epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp peroxide
  • 15-20 drops essential oil – I used doTerra blend Purify, wild orange, and rosemary

FullSizeRender (5)Instructions:

Mix all dry ingredients, minus baking soda, thoroughly, in a glass bowl. In a separate glass bowl, mix all wet ingredients thoroughly. Pour the wet mix into the dry mix and stir. Sprinkle the baking soda over the top and wait for the fizzle to die down most of the way, then stir it in well. Now it is time to make the mix into pods.

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Lay out some parchment paper or a silicone mat on a flat surface like your table or a cookie sheet if you need it to be portable. Spoon mix out onto the surface by heaping tablespoons, or 2 Tbsp per pod. Leave to dry for 6 hours or overnight. You could use candy molds, ice-cube trays or even a mini muffin pan to make them prettier. I prefer to have less dishes to wash. Besides, they look like little clouds and I do believe they smell heavenly!  Store them in a glass jar or food grade plastic container.

Throw one pod into each load of laundry. Now that’s easy! No scooping or measuring out soap for each load. This is kid- and husband-friendly.  Keep your jar out of reach of little ones just as you would any cleaner.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Donna Fehr says:

    Can’t wait to try this one!


  2. Jessica says:

    What kind of peroxide do you use? 100% Peroxide? Hydrogen Peroxide?


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