I can get into the harsh chemicals and fragrances that are in laundry soap but considering most of us can’t even pronounce half of them why bother. I’m guessing, if you’re interested in this post you have already discovered that the soap you have been using for all these years is just not the best route to take. So let’s skip the details that we all already know and get to the good stuff.
There is nothing better than making things yourself.
It can get overwhelming when you start to learn about all the ingredients that make up everyday items that we use. The overwhelming part is that most of the ingredients in these everyday items we use contain chemical and other contaminates. What we have learned just recently is that ingredients listed as fragrance, natural flavoring and aromatherapy are all code words for “I am going to stick a crap ton of chemicals and other bad stuff and not have to tell you what they are.”
These ingredients are classified as “trade secrets” that most companies have the right to put on their product without disclosing what makes up those natural flavorings, fragrances or aromatherapy scents.
I mean, wtf!!!
And here we are just using these products everyday without even realizing.
So instead of getting overwhelmed, let’s take one thing at a time. Let’s try and remove one store bought item at a time and replace it with a homemade product.
Let’s start with laundry detergent.
Homemade Laundry Detergent
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***You can add essential oils as well if you would like a scent. Lavendar, lemon, tea tree are great options. Play around and find what tickles your fancy.
What you want to do is:
You want equal parts of all three, so if you use one bar of soap, it’s one cup of borax and one cup of washing soda. If you use two bars of soap you use two cups of borax and….you get the idea.
You want to grate the soap, yes, like cheese. Then dump everything is a food processor, I found using a blender just made everything get stuck at the bottom. The food processor has more space at the bottom that allows everything to mix together more easily. By using the food processor it will grind your grated soap to a finer powder, which helps it break down faster in the washing machine. Leaving it grated works but it will get stuck to your clothes, not so much fun when washing darks.
That’s it people, you have got yourself some homemade pure laundry soap. That doesn’t have nasty “secret” ingredients. I use a cup from an old laundry container and scoop just to the bottom line of the cup, for each load.
***1:1 ration lasts us usually about 3 months. Doubling or even tripling your ratios can give you quite a bit of soap, leaving you extra time to can up some beans!