Powdered Laundry Detergent

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.

Powdered Laundry Detergent

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

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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!

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**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.

For this laundry soap, I used a couple different kinds of goat milk soap that I just didn’t care too much for in the shower, but it’s good for the laundry. The only ingredients in those soaps are saponified oils, goat’s milk, and depending on the kind, maybe almond meal and different essential oils. I’ve found that the essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs are far superior than many others I have tried.

I’m still experimenting with different soaps, when I can find one that doesn’t have chemicals I’m not willing to bring back into my house. Dr. Bronner’s soaps look promising and they have a tea tree bar soap that would eliminate the need of adding tea tree essential oils to the mix. Their soaps are just under the weight that’s called for, but it should be fine. I also like how they are for GMO labeling, but that’s another story.

Then there is Kirk’s Castile fragrance free soap. It’s quite a bit cheaper than Dr. Bronner’s but it is also less ounces in each bar. You would need approximately 1 1/3 bars of soap for each batch of laundry detergent but that is still less expensive than DB’s. 

Of course, you can use whatever soap you want to make this, but after learning what is actually in those soaps.. do you really want to??

I will update this after I try a few other soaps that doesn’t have goat milk in it so I can list a vegan recipe for powdered laundry detergent. Remember, the most important thing you can do is read the ingredients and learn what they actually are.

 Do you make your own laundry detergent?

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