Published on December 15th, 2014 | by Andrea Bertoli
Homemade Laundry Soap: Easy, Clean and Green!
Homemade Laundry Soap is yet another way to can create a healthy, homemade life for you and your family. Many people love making their own laundry soap, and the consensus is that it cleans just as well as– if not better– than the stuff you’d buy in the stores. There are lots of ways to make it, and we’ve gathered a bunch of great recipes to help you make your own homemade laundry soap. Why switch from the store-bought brands? In an article on Mercola, “laundry detergents [may] contain a cocktail of potent cancer-causing chemicals, some of which the manufacturer doesn’t even have to list on the label. This loophole reduces the odds that you’ll ever discover what’s in there. Four of the worst offenders are: sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)/sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), 1,4-dioxane, NPE (nonylphenol ethoxylate), phosphates [which] are potentially damaging to your health, but they are also contaminating waterways and harming the environment.” There are also fragrances in detergents that can cause skin irritation and rashes. In this article from Mother Earth Living, the fragrance in detergents that keep clothes smelling ‘fresh’ for weeks can really be a combination of dozens of chemicals, most of which have not been tested for long-term safety concerns. Optical brighteners used to make clothes appear brighter stay in clothes after washing, which also may cause skin irritation. These brighteners decompose relatively slowly and can be toxic to marine life. So, let’s get natural!
3 unique Homemade Laundry Soap recipes!
Basic Homemade Laundry Soap:
- 1 bar (or 4.5 ounces) of shaved bar soap
- 1 cup of borax
- 1 cup of washing soda
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1/4 cup coarse sea salt
- 1 bar of Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile soap
Super Simple Homemade Laundry Soap:
- 6 cups washing soda
- Three bars of 4.5 – 5 ounce soap, finely grated
- Optional – lemon essential oil