Neurotoxins in Laundry Products by Trusted Clothes…
One of the first DIY projects I embarked upon many years ago was making my own Laundry Detergent…Seven years later I still make my own ( well actually most times my partner makes it to save me some time)…in fact my homemade laundry detergent was what inspired me to start this blog to share my success….I thought that if I was able to succeed with this why wouldn’t others be able to as well….Unfortunately writing a blog regarding the toxic nature of commercial laundry detergent was not as easy as the actual task I wanted to write about…then I stumbled upon this fantastic blog from Trusted Clothes that nailed what I wanted to say in one fantastic post….so rather than continuing to pull my hair out over my long suffering draft, I decided to simply share this perfect post… if you have ever wondered if there was a better alternative than the commercial toxin filled crap you buy from the supermarket for your laundry, please check out this blog…big thanks to Sharon from Trusted Clothes for allowing me to share this and to Dayna Colvin at Holistic Organic Earth Steward Blog for writing this great piece..
So, what can you do about removing these horrifying chemicals from your laundry? you can make your own!!! Here is the recipe I have used for years….
Homemade Laundry Detergent….
1 cup of Soapflakes or grated soap…(I use Sunlight Soap that I grate up in a food mincer)
4 cups of Water
1 cup of Washing Soda
1 cup of Baking Soda (also known as Bicarb Soda)
9L Hot Water
Essential Oil of your choice for fragrance.
A 13L Bucket (at least 13L to ensure that all the ingredients fit)
Containers to decant the laundry liquid for ease of use.
In a large stock pot place the 4 cups of water and the soap flakeson a slow simmer. Allow to simmer for at least half an hour until the soap is melted and combined with the water.
Remove the pot from the heat. Add the washing soda and bicarb this will froth up so you need a large saucepan to ensure that the mixture does not overflow). Stir until well combined.
Pour into the bucket and then slowly add the 9L of hot water whilst stirring continually. Add your 20 drops of Essential Oil.
Cover and set aside for at least 6 hours
After a few hours the mixture will set to a jelly like state. Use a long, large spoon to break up the mixture. Fill your containers. Shake well before use.
Notes – Sometimes if the soap has not been allowed enough time to melt properly the mixture will not set in a proper jelly like way. You will see a disc of soap about 3cm thick on top of the rest of the liquid. Do not be alarmed, your Laundry Detergent is not ruined and will still work just as well. You will need to break the soap disc up into smaller pieces and ensure that an even mix of soap and liquid is poured into your smaller use bottles. When using a mix that has had this occurred you simply need to shake the bottle REALLY well before use. You will also notice that when pouring your liquid into your machine that there will be lumps of soap…this will dissolve during the wash cycle and you will not have soap reside left on your clothes. This recipe is usable in both front loading and top loading machines.
I prefer to use Eucalyptus Oil as my fragrance as it is anti bacterial and smells so fresh, Lemon or Lavender would also work really well, but the choice is up to you….
So, are you ready to clean up your laundry and clothes and kick harmful ingredients out of your home? Leave me a comment and let me know what your thoughts are on this topic, I would love to hear from you….