So why take the time to make your own laundry detergent? Making your own laundry soap is one of the easiest parts of a transition to natural living. It is incredibly easy to make and will save you lots of money and in addition, you avoid chemicals like phenols, sulfates, fragrances and phenols and petroleum distillates, which have all been linked to lung issues and cancer.
Avoiding chemicals is so important for optimal health. That includes chemicals that our clothes, that we wear all day and night, our washed in. Those chemicals are never completely washed out of the clothes, they press against our skin and are absorbed into our body's. Here is a super easy recipe on how to make your own powdered laundry detergent, save tons of money, be considerate of the environment and is health promoting!
- Grate your bar of soap into a very large pot using a cheese grater. Soap grates very well, so this is super quick, fun and easy.
- Fill a gallon jug with water and pour it into the pot with the soap.
- Cook on stove until the grated soap dissolves.
- Add Borax and Washing Soda
- Bring everything to a boil.
- Turn off the heat. Pour in an additional gallon of cold water to cool it down. Mix well with a large spoon.
- Pour into desired containers. I like to use ½ gallon glass jars.
- Use ½ cup per load, ¾-1 cup for large or heavily soiled loads.
Wondering what borax, washing soap and Dr. Bronner's is?
Borax is a naturally occurring mineral made up of boron, sodium, oxygen, and water. It is an ingredient found in most of the natural soaps available now, such as Seventh Generation, etc.
Borax has many uses on its own, plus it is an ingredient in other products. Here are some uses of borax powder and pure borax in water:
- laundry booster
- household cleaner
Washing Soda, sometimes called sodium carbonate or soda ash, is made from common salt and limestone or found as natural deposits and acts as pH stabilizer.
Dr. Bronner’s soaps are made with pure organic oils, vegetable castile soap and are ethically sources and use certified fair trade ingredients.
High Efficiency (HE) Washers
HE front-load washers require “special soap” for one reason, they need low suds. Because they use less water, they require soap that is less sudsy. Homemade detergent (or any homemade cleaner-shampoo, soap, etc.. you may notice) is VERY low suds. The ”special” HE detergent seems to be just another advertising mechanism to push consumers to buy their “special soap” at unnecessarily high prices. – According to Matt Jabs of DIY Natural (Source)
Safe for septic tanks and fields
This is the best laundry soap to use with septic tanks because it contains zero phosphates and zero fillers (like montmorillonite clay) that cause commercial powder detergents to clog lines. It is also completely non-toxic so it will not harm necessary septic bacteria like toxic detergents and antibacterial soaps. Use with confidence. – According to Matt Jabs of DIY Natural (Source)
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