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THE HARD TRUTH ABOUT SOFTENERS

Updated: Feb 28, 2019




Do you love a soft fluffy towel when you get out of the shower? How about that amazing fresh smell of clean clothes? If you have answered yes to either of these questions, chances are you use fabric softener as part of your laundry routine.



My next question to you is, have you ever looked at what the ingredients are in your softener? If you have tried, you may have noticed that they are not all listed on the bottle. Why is this? In Australia, is it not required by law to label all ingredients in laundry products. This makes it very hard to do your own research and make an informed choice.


I received a bottle of the below softener in a new mum’s goodie bag, and I’ll admit that I used it before becoming more aware about what I was exposing myself and my family to.

Here is a list of the ingredients that I found on the product website. It clearly shows what is in the product and the function of each ingredient.

When we look at each in detail, we can start to see why I choose not to use it anymore.

Dihydrogenated Tallowoylethyl Hydoxyethylmonium is an ammonium compound often derived from beef tallow. Research indicates that it may be an allergen, causing eczema.

Purfum more commonly known as perfume or fragrance is a big red light in my life. Did you know that a single perfume can contain hundreds of different compounds both natural and synthetic, and again, they don't have to be disclosed? These concoctions often cause allergic responses ranging from headaches, eczema and asthma.

Benzisothiazolinone is a fungicide and microbial agent, that is banned in cosmetics in many countries around the world. It is listed as being a possible immune intoxicant and an irritant to skin and eyes.

Trimethylsiloxysilicate, there has been limited research undertaken on this ingredient. It is a silicon, which created a barrier when applied to the skin. Its safety therefore in this product is still to be determined.


If you want to know more about the ingredients in the products that you use, I highly recommend checking out 'EWG's Skin Deep'.


So, I hear you asking how do I get the same great results with my laundry without using the commercial, potentially hazardous, products?




When I was first introduced to dōTERRA essential oils, I was aware of their great health and emotional effects but had never considered using them around the house. I was then introduced to the amazing website 'The Inspired Little Pot'. This is where I was introduced to the world of DIY and the amazing fabric softener recipe that I use daily.


DIY natural fabric conditioner/softener

What I love the most about this simple DIY is the fact that it uses everyday pantry items and some beautiful pure essential oils. The ingredients can be counted on one hand, vinegar, Himalayan salt, boiled water and essential oils. To get the quantities and method please click here.


The results are wonderful. My clothes come out smelling amazing. I use lavender and tea tree, and while they may not have the super fluffy feel of commercial fabric softeners, they are definitely better than not using it at all. On top of this, my washing machine is also cleaner, and the waste water is not harmful to the environment.


If you would like to give this a try and would love to get your hands on the amazing, pure essential oils from dōTERRA please let me help and click here.