In my previous post I talked about how to make your own antibacterial kitchen and bathroom spray. Who knew that making your own laundry detergent was so easy to do too? And it is a great way to start the transition into using more natural cleaning products. And it saves money coming in at only a few cents a load!
So why make the switch? Conventional laundry detergent is filled with tons of chemicals like sulfates, fragrances, phenols and lots of other nasty stuff which can cause skin irritation, rashes, breathing difficulties and more. Some detergents also have petroleum distillates which are shown to cause cancer and lung disease. Even the fragrances used in the soap are made using harmful chemicals.
Laundry soap ingredients:
1 bar castile soap
2 cups borax
2 cups washing soda
1 cup baking soda
15 drops essential oil (lavender, peppermint, lemon, tea tree etc.)
Grate the bar of soap. Add the rest of the ingredients to the grated soap and stir together. Store in an airtight container.
Use 1/4 cup per load.
You can use any essential oils you like or a combination of a few oils. The ones I suggested above are best at disinfecting and smell great. You can also add in vinegar into your rinse cycle for extra disinfecting power for your clothes plus it’s a natural fabric softener so you don’t have to use that nasty chemical stuff anymore.
Give it a try and see how bright your whites get and how clean your clothes can be!