I love my DIY Super Laundry Soap. Not only is it better for me and my family, it’s also inexpensive and doesn’t reek of synthetic fragrances.
What do you use for laundry soap? Do you make your own or buy commercial soap? Some ingredients in commercial laundry soap that may be bad for you.
Phenols: Deemed toxic by the National Health Institute, phenols can cause damage to the lungs, heart, kidneys and liver. They are very easily absorbed into the skin, making them especially dangerous. Phenols have been linked to serious health conditions and even death.
Optical brighteners: The chemical dangers from these products are very real. Studies have shown these agents are extremely toxic to fish and can cause mutations in bacteria. They can also trigger strong allergic reactions in humans when exposed to sunlight.
Bleach: A traditional household cleaner, bleach has harmful side effects that have been known for decades. Bleach, or sodium hypochlorite, is a leading cause of poisoning in the home. It is a strong irritant to the eyes, nose and throat. Bleach can also cause severe reactions if it comes in contact with the skin.
Surfactants: A surfactant is a substance which binds to oily particles and carries them away with water during washing. These are what make our clothes clean when we wash them. Surfactants can be natural or synthetic. Natural surfactants are generally safe for people and the water supply, but chemical surfactants are not. Commercial laundry detergents are loaded with synthetic surfactants.
Fragrance: Artificial fragrances in laundry products are a strong irritant. The chemicals in fragrance additives can cause itchy, watery eyes and stinging nostrils. The effects go much deeper than that. Chemical fragrances can trigger asthma attacks and aggravate allergies. They can even affect your thinking, making concentration and coordination difficult. All of these irritations show their worst in sensitive individuals, although no one is immune to the effects of these chemicals.
Any one of these chemical additives causes plenty of harm on its own, but all of these substances are combined and can react with each other in laundry detergents, becoming even more dangerous together than they were by themselves.
Clothing is in constant contact with your skin. The skin quickly absorbs outside substances directly into the blood stream. Many experts recommend: if you wouldn`t eat it or drink it, you shouldn`t be letting it come into contact with your skin. Ditch the commercial laundry detergents and seek out more natural ways to clean your clothes.
Here’s my recipe that I use weekly. My clothes come out clean and fresh!
DIY Super Laundry Soap
This recipe makes enough heavy duty laundry detergent to wash 128 loads of laundry. What’s different is that it takes up very little room and costs less than $2.00 to make. Plus it doesn’t have all the chemicals/toxins that store bought detergent does.
- 1- 5.05 ounce bar of Fels Naptha soap
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax Powder (read more about Borax below)
- 1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (not baking soda)
- 2 quart Mason Jar (I used a old pickle jar)
- You can buy the ingredients here: http://amzn.to/1OovhWi
- Cube the Fels Naptha bar, place in jar.
- Add 3 cups of boiling water to the jar, cover and let it set 8 – 10 hours or overnight.
- After the “resting” time is up use a butter knife to make a cross pattern to loosen the mixture.
- Add 1 cup Borax, 1 cup washing soda, and more hot water. Enough to bring the water level up to the shoulder of the jar.
- Using a blender or immersion blender, whip the mixture till it is fluffy. Consistency of creamy mayonnaise.
- Add essential oils of your choice. I love to add Purification, about 20 drops. Find them here:http://mindbodyrenovation.com/essential-oils-for-supporting-optimal-health/ and here: http://bit.ly/1cCNDoi
Fill laundry machine with dirty clothes and water. Measure out 1 Tablespoon of Laundry Soap. Add to the machine and rinse your spoon under the running water.
Is Borax safe to use or not? http://www.crunchybetty.com/getting-to-the-bottom-of-borax-is-it-safe-or-not
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