I have searched long and hard for an all natural laundry detergent recipe and although some recipes have come close, they use ingredients like Borax (respiratory/asthma, skin irritant, developmental and reproductive toxicity) and Fels-Naptha (respiratory/asthma, skin irritant, cancer and bad for the environment) so they will turn out to not be so healthy for you after all.
I’ve really become aware of the harmful ingredients in our products these days so if I get an opportunity to make my own products with non-toxic ingredients, I’m all for it. Problem is sometimes it’s really tough to find good recipes that are truly all natural. Many times you’ll find them on someone’s blog or a friend shares them with you, but that person never did a little digging to determine if it was truly safe before they claimed it was. I try my best to share only recipes or products that I’ve done research on and tried myself. Even knowing this, I still want to encourage you to do some research yourself. Everyone is different so what works for me may not work for you. For example, I don’t have sensitive skin so an ingredient that may be a skin irritant only is not of high concern for me.
Why Thieves Laundry Soap?
Guess what? In the case of laundry detergents, I don’t have to worry about having to make my own thanks to Thieves Laundry Soap. It’s a plant-based formula that cleans your clothe without any chemical or synthetic residue. It also leaves your clothe with a clean, light and yummy citrus scent. I may or may not smell my clothe a lot when I take it out of the washer…it smells soooooo good!
Out of the 32 oz bottle, you will get 64 loads for normal washing machines and 128 loads for HE washers. The price comes out to $0.45 a load for regular washers and $0.23 for HE washers.
Thieves Laundry Soap Ingredients
I talked about the importance of knowing the ingredients that are in your products so of course I’ve got to show them here for you. I like using the EWG website to check on the safety of ingredients. You won’t find the Thieves product rated there so you have to look at the individual ingredients to determine if it’s good or not.
You’ll notice that some have a rating, but there is no data to actually backup the rating. I was tempted to put “N/R” for Not Rated instead of the rating shown on the EWG website, but then I’d be hiding information so I choose not to do that.
Click on the rating to visit the EWG website for more insight on why it was given the rating.
N/A = Not Applicable
|Decyl glucoside||B||Skin Allergies & Irritation|
|Sodium oleate||A||No Data|
|Caprylyl glucoside||B||Skin Allergies & Irritation|
|Lauryl glucoside||B||Skin Allergies & Irritation|
|Sodium chloride||A||No Data|
|Carboxymethyl cellulose (cellulose gum)||C||Skin Allergies & Irritation, Environment|
|Citrus Limon† (Jade lemon) peel oil||N/A||Not Found|
|Citrus aurantium bergamia† (Bergamot) peel oil (Furocoumarin-free)||N/A||Not Found|
|Syzygium aromaticum† (Clove) bud oil||N/A||Not Found|
|Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil||N/A||Not Found|
|Cinnamomum zeylanicum† (Cinnamon) bark oil||N/A||Not Found|
|Eucalyptus radiata† oil||N/A||Not Found|
|Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil||N/A||Not Found|
† 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil
As you can see there are a lot of A rated ingredients, but also B and C rated ingredients. I’m not thrilled by the ingredients that may cause respiratory/asthma, but if you look at the data it’s of “some concern” so it’s better than many alternatives out there.
The ones with environmental concerns are all labeled as “low concern” so I’m okay with that because again, it’s much better than many alternatives out there.
As for the ingredients which can cause skin irritation, these are all labeled with “some concern”. For me personally, I would be more worried about ingredients that are labeled as “high concern”. I mean think about the ingredients of the products we use today or used in our past. It’s a good thing we’re trying to clean things up.
Now that you know about the ingredients, use this information to make the best decision for you. Remember it’s about making improvements and not about being perfect. Trying to be perfect will stress you out because it’s really difficult (not impossible) to find a product that works well for it’s intended use, which you can purchase or make, and it have perfect ingredients.
As for me, I will continue to use the Thieves Laundry Soap until I find an even better alternative, but I won’t stress about it. I’m doing a whole lot better by using it as compared to Tide, which is what I was using. The one I used was rated a D.
Step by step, I’m making improvements and I’m happy with that.
If you’re cleaning things up (which if you’re on this post you’re likely trying to) take it at your pace, comfort level, and budget. Enjoy the journey!