How To Make Your Own Natural, Non-Toxic Laundry Detergent And Fabric Softener

| May 14, 2014 | 2 Comments
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Government agencies and independent research institutions do not adequately evaluate the safety of numerous substances found in cleaning products, especially those cleaning your clothes. Synthetic chemicals are often flooding the wastewater with chemical residues that do nothing but harm to the environment. There are many ways to make your own laundry detergent but not all formulas are non-toxic. For example borax, a popular do-it-yourself laundry detergent additive is quite toxic to humans.

by Karen Foster

Government agencies and independent research institutions do not adequately evaluate the safety of numerous substances found in cleaning products, especially those cleaning your clothes. Synthetic chemicals are often flooding the wastewater with chemical residues that do nothing but harm to the environment. There are many ways to make your own laundry detergent but not all formulas are non-toxic. For example borax, a popular do-it-yourself laundry detergent additive is quite toxic to humans.

Formula:
2 1/4 cups of castile liquid soap (use Dr. Bronner’s)
1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar
3/4 cup water
* Optional 1 tablespoon glycerin (if you require thickening agent)
* Optional – 15 drops essential oil (i.e. lavender or any anti-bacterial/anti-fungal)

Whisk solution and it’s ready to go. Use 1/4 cup for a regular load or 1/2 cup for an extra large load.

Check out this very simple and non-toxic recipe for a natural liquid laundry detergent.

How to Make Organic Dry Powder Laundry Detergent

by Fred Decker

Using common household materials for cleaning, rather than toxic commercial products, is one way every household can contribute to a cleaner environment. Ordinary household materials such as lemon juice, white vinegar and baking soda can be used for a wide range of cleaning jobs. Specialized cleansers can be made with similarly common, low-impact ingredients. For example, a functional dry powder laundry detergent can be made from organic bar soap, mixed with natural cleaning agents such as borax.

1. Grate your favorite organic bar soap, until you have 1 cup of soap flakes.

2. Combine the soap flakes in a mixing bowl with 1/4 cup of baking soda or washing soda, and 1/2 cup of pure borax.

3. Stir the ingredients with a wooden spoon until they’re thoroughly combined. Pour the mixed powder into a plastic storage container with an airtight lid, and seal it until needed.

4. Dissolve 1 to 2 tablespoons of the mixture in your washing machine for each load, depending on the size of the load and how badly soiled it is.

Things You Will Need

  • Organic bar soap
  • Box grater
  • 1-cup measuring cup
  • Mixing bowl
  • Borax
  • Washing soda or baking soda
  • Wooden spoon
  • Storage container with airtight lid

Tip

For use in hard water, increase the borax and washing soda to 1 cup each

Fred Decker is a trained chef and certified food-safety trainer who has written and blogged on food-related topics since 2007. Previously he sold computers, insurance and mutual funds. Decker was educated at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

DIY Fabric Softener

by AnOrganicWife

Fabric softener is meant to make your laundry soft, and it usually smells good too. This is usually done at the cost of putting chemicals on your clothes, not to mention the actual money out of pocket for a pre-packaged item. Fortunately, making your own fabric softener is not only dirt cheap, it’s also easy, safe, and completely green. You will need:

3 c. distilled white vinegar
15-20 drops essential oil
¼ c. rubbing alcohol
2 TBS. dried herbs (optional)

Pour the vinegar in a quart-size mason jar, followed by the essential oil, and then the rubbing alcohol to emulsify. I use lavender essential oil, because it’s calming and soothing and I love the scent. Lavender oil is antibacterial – so is orange, lemon, peppermint, and tea tree. I also add a few dried lavender buds, but this is just to infuse a little more goodness, so it’s completely unnecessary! It also looks pretty if you’re giving it as a gift.
Did you know vinegar not only softens laundry, it removes soap residue from your clothes, eliminates static cling, and makes towels more absorbant? Vinegar is also perfect to use if you have hard water (85% of America does) because it will soften it.
Just throw in half a capful (mason jar lid) in the fabric softener or rinse compartment, and fill it up the rest of the way with water. It cost about $1.50 to make the entire jar – for me that averages out to about 5¢ per load! You probably already have all the ingredients on hand, so make your next go green step this fabric softener!
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