Homemade Laundry Detergent

Posted on August 21, 2013. Filed under: Health | Tags: , , , , , , |

Health - Homemade Wash Machine SoapPeople have asked me for this so here you go:  Super clean and cheap detergent for the washing machine.  1/2 borax and 1/2 washing soda mixed up in an old bucket retrieved from someone’s recycling bin on our morning walk.  I use about 1/8 C. per load and everything is spic and span.

Talk about cheap – I am not hauling big plastic bottles filled with mostly water and a bunch of chemicals.  I stock up on boxes of this stuff (found near the big bottles of detergent) and I don’t have to think about it for about 2 years and I’ve spent about $25.  Also, it keeps my washer from getting gunked up with that liquid soap – it can actually ruin your machine and your clothes to use too much which is what most people do.  Here’s another case of more is not better.  Yes, it clumps a bit – I mash it with an old bottle before measuring.  Yes, it’s better to put it in first with the water so it can dissolve before the clothing goes in.  Other than that it is a breeze to use.  Sometimes I will add a few drops of essential oils to the powder before it goes in – lemon, eucalyptus, lavender – all nice and natural additional antimicrobials.

In addition to these benefits here is a big one:  no odor (unless I put in the oils and even then it is very mild).  I buy a lot of previously-owned clothing and it amazes me how long those petrochemical odors stay in clothing.  It takes me about 3 complete wash/dry outside cycles to get rid of it.  I don’t want my clothes to smell like somebody’s artificial idea of a “meadow” or “freshness.”  I want my clothes to pretty much just not smell or if anything, just to smell of the fresh air they dried in outside.  It amazes me how our society has accepted all this chemicalization of everything as normal and good.  It is not good to be soaking these things into your bodies, polluting our waterways with it, and even producing it.  How could it be good?

The only caveat is that I have a top-loading standard washing machine.  People with these new-fangled front-loading machines that have to be coddled, well, figure it out.  I would think that there would be way of using this kind of detergent without damaging your machine, but I am not an expert.  You should read your manual and take responsibility for figuring it out!

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