Natural Laundry Supplies
I have allergies, but also don’t like the many chemicals found in laundry detergents, fabric softeners and dryer sheets. Some studies have shown these to contain carcinogens. I just don’t want to take the chance.
Doing the laundry is never fun, but you can feel good about it with these simple recipes. You save money, it only takes a few minutes to make, and your family may never have an adverse allergy to their clothes!
Here are a couple recipes you can put together in an hour and they will last you most of the year!
3 Tablespoons Borax
3 Tablespoons Washing Soda* (found at WalMart)
2 Tablespoons chemical free Liquid dish soap **
8 C Filtered water
2 quart glass container (I used a clean juice bottle)
*Make your own washing soda with Baking soda
Just heat your oven to 400 F (or 200 C), sprinkle some baking soda on a shallow pan, and bake it for about half hour, until it changes composition. You should also stir it up occasionally, just so that it bakes more evenly.
Baking soda is powdery, crystallized like salt, and clumps together. Washing soda is grainy, dull and opaque, and is separate grains. You can see the difference below: baking soda on the left, and washing soda on the right.
- Mix the borax and washing soda into a glass jar.
- Simmer water (don’t boil) and pour into jar.
- Stir to dissolve mix
- Add the liquid soap and mix again slowly. If you are too vigorous, you will get all foam!
- Add remaining water to fill the container.
Regular Washer: ½ cups per load
HE Washer: ¼ cup per load.
Actually, when I use the DIY laundry detergent above, I found I did not need the fabric softener, but it is up to you.
This softener recipe will make everything cotton soft.
- 2 cups Epsom salts
- ½ cup baking soda
- 20 drops fragrance oil (use more if you want stronger scent)
- 2 quart container with tight lid
- Mix the salt with the fragrance oil (your choice of fragrance – I use lavender on my sheets and towels and citrus on everything else)
- Add baking soda to the mix (baking soda is good at removing stains and softens)
- Close lid tightly
Add 2-3 tablespoons of mix to your final rinse.
This has saved me so much money and it only takes minutes to make a batch of either the laundry detergent or the fabric softener. It is also nice to know my allergies have calmed down since I made the switch.