Homemade Non-Toxic Laundry Detergent
These days, everyone is looking for ways to save some money. Fortunately for your wallet and the planet, the easiest way to save money in the laundry room is to make your own laundry detergent. It will naturally help you avoid the toxic chemicals and noxious scents found in store-bought brands.
Laundry detergent ingredients pose a variety of health risks to humans, ranging from relatively minor like skin irritation and allergies to the severe cancer, poisoning and neurological problems. These products can affect not only personal health, but also public and environmental health. The chemicals can go into the air, down the drain and into bodies of water, too.
Doing laundry is a necessary evil, but you don’t have to make it worse by using toxic chemicals, dyes, and other irritants in your laundry soap! It’s better to go homemade, especially if your homemade laundry detergent is cheaper, completely non-toxic, and cleans just as well!
Homemade Chemical Free Laundry Detergent
If you want to make your own toxic free laundry soap, here’s what you need:
● 1/2 cup baking soda
● 1/2 cup citric acid
● 1 cup washing soda
● 1/4 cup coarse sea salt
● 1 bar of regular glycerin soap (I used lavender because it smells nice, but you can buy scented or an unscented version if you prefer)
Grate the bar of soap finely. I used the grating attachment on my Cuisinart and it worked perfectly! If you don’t have a food processor, you can grate the bar of soap by hand; just make sure it’s grated pretty finely.
Put the grated soap in a large bowl, add all of the other ingredients, and stir to combine. If it gets a little clumpy as you stir, you can use a pastry blender to break up the clumps.
Pour the laundry soap into an airtight container for storage. You’ll also want to add a desiccant to keep the soap from clumping up If you’re doing regular-sized loads of laundry, use 1 tablespoon of laundry soap per load. If you’re doing a large load, or your clothes are extra dirty, use 2 tablespoons per load.