Dear Frugal Upstate,
I found some pineapple essential body oil that I really like,do you think it would be safe to sample it in my homemade liquid detergent? I purchase it at a Muslim store near my home.
Thanks for your question! I’m glad you’ve taken the plunge to making your own homemade detergent–what a money saver eh? As for your question, I’m a bit leery of adding anything that’s an “oil” to my homemade detergent-after all, aren’t we trying to remove oils?
The fact that you refer to it as “essential body oil” is also a red flag for me-essential oils are typically very concentrated and not meant to be applied directly to the skin. I’m suspicious that something labeled “Body Oil” is actually a carrier oil infused with an essential oil for the scent-and then we are back to the “why add oil to the clothes you are removing oil from” argument.
Personally I like my homemade laundry detergent being scent free since I’m a migraines sufferer. All this is a long way to say I have no real life experience in adding essential oils.
However, adding scent has come up before in a reader’s question where we discussed making sure you have true essential oils and how much to add. Make sure to check out the comments-there is some great info in there from my brilliant readers!
Jenn @ Frugal Upstate
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