I already wrote about the benefits of making your own toxin-free cleaning products and showed how to make an easy multi-purpose citrus cleaner, a phthalates-free liquid dish soap and a dishwasher detergent.
Today is the third and last post of this series and I’ll share another easy recipe. I learned how to make a very easy and efficient homemade laundry powder, it requires just 3 ingredients! I took this recipe from the awesome blog Keeper of the Home. I highly recommend this blog if you want to learn more about green and healthy leaving, they have really nice and useful tips.
But some people might say, “Why would I even bother in making my own laundry detergent?”. Well, you should know that store-bought laundry powders contain a cocktail of potent cancer-causing chemicals, some of which the manufacturer doesn’t even have to list on the label, since they call it “trade secret”. Not only you have direct contact with these chemicals via clothing, but you also can breathe them into your lungs once they become airborne in the process of doing your laundry (source).
Also we can’t forget that this chemicals are going somewhere else after the laundry machine cycle is over. They’re contaminating waterways and harming the environment.
But don’t worry, making your own laundry detergent is pretty easy! You’ll need:
- 1 bar of soap (I used Castile soap, it’s made with natural ingredients and organic oils)
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1 cup Borax
1. With a grater, grate the entire bar of soap.
2. Put the grated soap in a blender, add 1 cup of Borax and mix it very well, until the pieces are cut more finely. If you don’t have a blender you can use a food processor, making small batches.
3. Now that the ingredients are well mixed, you’ll get a good mix of all the ingredients in each scoop. Put the mixture in a bowl and add a cup of washing soda. With a spoon, mix it all together and break up any large chunks.
4. And that’s it! Now just store it in any container that you have in hands.
You can use one or two tablespoons of this powder, depending on the load. You also can double, triple or quadruple this recipe to make a large batch and leave it for future occasions, since it won’t go bad.
I use it in my home and our clothes/towels/bed sheets come out very clean and smelling pretty good!
Hope you enjoyed these green cleaning tips! To learn more about this subject, visit the blogs that I recommended in the two first posts and in this one as well.