The lady in front of me looked at the things I put on the belt and started up a conversation, "Oh, so you make your own laundry detergent too? What approach do you use?" Her husband rolled his eyes and you could almost see the cashier's thoughts of our "hippie" approach. She was not discreet with her body language or the change in her demeanor towards us. We got into a discussion about powdered vs. liquid- I've only made liquid, she's only made powdered. It turns out we use essentially the same recipe, and it was SO nice to have someone validate the reasons that I make my own laundry detergent.
1. I started making my own laundry detergent because it was much less expensive. You can read about that journey that led to sending detergent home with my children at this previous post.
2. After the initial alarm that there weren't many suds in my washer, I did some research and found that the "suds" you see in most commercial laundry soaps are actually for show -- they give you the illusion that if they're really sudsy, your clothes will be really clean. This is misleading, and I found after a month or so that my clothes were cleaner and brighter than they'd ever been.
3. As I continued using my homemade laundry soap and doing more research about this change in lifestyle I'm easing into, I started to realize the health benefits of making your own laundry soap and avoiding toxins. We don't want to let them get into our organs, but the skin is our largest organ, and we're okay with letting them leach into our body through that organ????
You can read about toxins found in each room of your house here.
If you want to read about specific brands and specific chemicals, read this article/ advertisement. If you google search your specific laundry detergent, odds are it will come up with some sort of manufacturers' statement/ warning about what "may" be in your laundry soap.
Today, I made the powdered. I'm not sure I'm going to like it as much, but the good news is, I can always add it to boiling water to make it liquid. :)
** I made a double batch using two different recipes. Naptha (as in Fels Naptha) is a petroleum derivative. This soap isn't a particular form of naptha that is toxic, but it isn't "pure" either. The other recipe I made used Ivory soap, which is 99.44 % pure according to their information releases.
Recipe 1: Recipe 2:
1 bar of grated Fels Naptha bar soap 1 bar grated Ivory bar soap- unscented
1 cup of washing soda 1 cup washing soda
1 cup of borax 1 cup borax
|Ingredients and tools I use|
|Grated soap goes into the food processor to make smaller|
|You can also chunk your soap and then put it in the food processor, but I don't feel like it works as well this way.|
|Mix it all together- you get something like this.|