As some of you have noticed, I have been absent from the blogging scene for a few months.
This is because Emil and I finally took the plunge and moved out of Brooklyn, NY. We now live in Dallas, Texas and I’ve never been happier 🙂
I absolutely LOVE life in Texas!
Starting over in new surroundings is a daunting task but I am determined to take full advantage of the extra open space, beautiful climate and new resources available to me to set up the natural and self-sufficient home of my dreams.
Though we still live in an apartment, I now have a large, L-shaped balcony which I am using to start my organic container garden. So far I’ve planted two varieties of tomatoes, basil, Jalapeño peppers and Serrano peppers as well as a variety of decorative flowers.
In NYC I had toyed with the idea of making my own all natural cleaning products but lack of space for experimentation and storage as well as a variety of other factors held me back. Now, that none of these factors are an issue I’ve begun my experimentation.
Making my own all natural laundry detergent had always been on the top of my experimentation list. After a great deal of experimentation with the millions of frugal DIY laundry detergent recipes posted all over the Internet I came up with this recipe which I am very happy with.
Why Make Your Own Laundry Detergent?
- The number one reason why you should make your own all natural laundry detergent is because commercial laundry detergents are not required by law to list all of the ingredients on their label, so we don’t know what is in the products that we are pouring onto our clothes and rinsing off into the environment!
- Homemade laundry detergents which are made with all natural ingredients do not contain chlorine, phosphates, or other chemicals
- All natural, homemade laundry detergents, such as the ones outlined in this post, do not contain artificial dyes and fragrances
DIY All Natural Laundry Detergent Ingredients
- 4lb box of Borax
- 4 bars of Fels-Naptha soap or Zote soap (I used Fels-Naptha)
- 4lb box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (Picture of box not included)
- 55oz box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
- 4lb box of OxyClean
DIY All Natural Fabric Softener Ingredients
- 2 cups Epsom salt
- 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional, if you enjoy scented fabric softeners) I use 100% pure Lemongrass essential oil
Non-Toxic Fabric Softener Recipe
- Mix your Epsom salt and essential oil well and set aside
All Natural Laundry Detergent Recipe
- Cut your Fels-Naptha soap bars into 1/2 inch pieces
- Place your cut Fels-Naptha soap pieces in a food processor and grate into a fine powder (This is the most time consuming portion of this recipe)
- Line a large bucket (or other large container) with two thick garbage bags
- Dump all of your ingredients, including the scented Epsom salt, into the garbage bags
- Tie the garbage bags tight and shake well to mix all ingredients together
- Place your All Natural laundry detergent in the container of your choice and ENJOY 🙂
- NOTE: To keep your laundry detergent from becoming hard, due to moisture absorption, place 1/4 cup of rice in a cheesecloth and place this cheesecloth in the container with your laundry detergent
Why Epsom Salt Is The Ideal Fabric Softener
- Epsom salt is an environmentally friendly, biodegradable, alternative to chemical laden commercial fabric softeners
- Epsom salt works as an odor removal in the wash cycle in the sense that it actually eliminates smells
- Epsom salt will not harm delicate fabrics
- Using Epsom salt as a fabric softener is ideal for people with sensitive skin including infants
I make my own biodegradable fabric softener because like so many other mass produced products today, commercial fabric softeners contain many harmful chemicals that impregnate the fabrics of our clothing, are inhaled by us or simply seep into our bodies through the skin. The following are just a few examples of the harmful chemicals found in commercial fabric softeners:
- Benzyl acetate (linked to pancreatic cancer)
- Benzyl alcohol (irritates the upper respiratory tract)
- Chloroform (a neurotoxin and carcinogen)
- To top it all off, many commercial fabric softeners are petroleum based products
You can read more about fabric softener toxicity levels HERE
- This is a bulk recipe designed to provide a family of four with a year’s worth of All Natural laundry detergent (over 500 loads)
- All costs are based on Amazon.com’s 2014 prices (Including Amazon Prime shipping but many of these products are also available at your local supermarkets)
- Though the costs for this laundry detergent seem high you must keep in mind that some of these costs are a one-time investment (ex: 8-Quart Food Container) and many of the products you purchase such as the Epsom salt and essential oil will have leftovers
Laundry Deterget & Fabric Softener Costs
|Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap - Pack of 4||$9.48|
|White Mountain Epsom Salt 3 Lb Containers (Pack of 2)||$13.56|
|Now Foods Lemongrass Oil 100% Pure, 1-Ounce (Pack Of 2)||$11.98|
|Mule Team Borax and Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda Variety Pack||$19.49|
|Arm & Hammer Baking Soda-4LB||$9.57|
|Oxiclean Versatile Stain Remover, 5 Pounds||$19.85|
|CamSquare 8-Quart Food Container, Clear||$9.68|
|Zote Laundry Soap Bar Pink 14.1 Oz 4 Pack (If you choose to use this soap)||$12.69|