The laundry detergent we buy from the store really isn’t soap; it’s a detergent which is full of a mix of nasty chemicals.. Make your own and feel safe knowing what’s in it.
5.5 ounces bar soap*
1 cup sodium carbonate washing soda**
1/2 cup Borax I use 20 Mule Team
1/2 cup baking soda- sodium bicarbonate
25 drops of tea tree essential oil for antibacterial qualities
30 drops of an essential oil that you like such as sweet orange or lavender
Grate the bar soap using the small side of a cheese grater.
The last few small pieces can be cut up into tiny pieces or shreds with a sharp knife.
Mix all ingredients into a bowl with a wooden spoon.
The powder is light and will get into the air so be careful not to inhale it. I wear a mask because I don’t want it aggravating my asthma.
I don’t use fabric softener or dryer sheets because of the chemicals in them. So to soften the clothes, I put about a cup of vinegar with a few drops of essential oil in the rinse cycle. Occasionally there will be a little static when I pull them out of the dryer, but a quick shake to each piece of clothing and the static is gone!
**Washing soda is sodium carbonate NOT sodium Bicarbonate. Yes, it matters.
*Over the last few weeks, I’ve read many recipes for homemade laundry detergent and they all have one thing in common: they use bar soap that is loaded with chemicals. You want to choose a good quality bar of soap for this. The brands you can buy at the grocery store are NOT a decent quality. Yes, I realize one reason to make your own laundry detergent is to save money, but the main reason should be to get away from the chemicals in store bought laundry detergent and that also includes the supplies to make your own.
You should know that fragrance that is listed in the ingredients is not some little innocent thing that only makes it smell good. It is a manmade chemical. It is carcinogenic (cancer causing). Fragrance oils are NOT even close to the same thing as essential oils. Fragrance oils are fragrance (remember what you just read?) and oil. But those aren’t the worst ingredients. Dipetene is a know skin and eye irritant. PEG-6 contributes to stripping the natural moisture factor, leaving the immune system vulnerable and is also potentially carcinogenic. Titanium oxide is NOT the same thing as zinc oxide. Titanium oxide is linked to cancer, allergies, immunotoxicity, organ system toxicity and other things. Triclocarban, the antibacterial ingredient in Fels Naptha, actually causes you to become resistant to antibiotics, not to mention it is also a neurotoxin, an endocrine disrupter, carcinogenic, and can cause can cause developmental and reproductive toxicity.Colorings and dyes are other manmade carcinogenic chemicals. Those soaps even contain Tetrasodium EDTA. All those ingredients listed above are in the popular brands of soap readily available at any local store and are widely used to make homemade laundry detergent.
Ok, that’s enough of the science lesson for today.