After all, it's important to question this because your clothes come in direct contact with your skin which is permeable to toxic chemicals. (Studies estimate that 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream.) So, by making my own laundry detergent I know exactly what is going in it; I can choose ingredients that are not toxic to my health and do not affect the integrity of our water supply.
So, on to the process...
This home-made laundry detergent is actually very simple to make and most materials needed are inexpensive and commonplace in grocery stores.
|Took this picture after I grated castile soap so let's pretend there's soap|
in this picture...
|Hand-grated castile soap|
For washing powder, you'll need:
- 6 cups Borax
- 8 cups baking soda
- 4 cups grated castile soap such as Dr. Bronner's castile soaps (I used lavender). You can find this in your natural health food store. I've also spotted them at Target and Trader Joe's.
- 1 tablespoon of pure essential oil (I recommend lemongrass or lavender for their anti-bacterial properties)
Combine the first three ingredients together in a large bowl and mix until nicely incorporated. Add essential oil and mix with wire whisk. Store in a large container with a tight-fitting lid. Use 1 tablespoon for normal loads and 2 tablespoons for large loads. This batch of detergent will last you about 6 months.
For dryer sheets:
- Infuse a washcloth with 30 drops of your choice of essential oil and throw it into your drying load.