When my little one was only a couple months old we were told he had eczema, and after hours of research, I was not happy with what I found out. Our paediatrician recommended to switch to everything that says “scent free” but my research led me to find out even those “gentle” “for baby” “paediatrician approved” “free and clear” labels mean nothing.
How do you think I felt to discover that the “#1 choice of paediatricians” had chemicals like Propylene Glycol; which is an immune system toxin, neurotoxin, reproductive toxin, respiratory toxin, and skin toxin, did you know it is anti-freeze? Or how about this other chemical; sodium hydroxide otherwise known as caustic soda, used to unclog pipes! It is highly corrosive, and I was washing my baby’s clothes with that.
But it wasn’t just the baby detergent, our detergent too. That “mountain fresh” smell is a synthetic
fragrance, these contain phthalates which have been linked to birth defects among other things. My trusted fabric softener was far from snugly, it contains chemicals linked to pancreatic cancer. I felt like a mama bear, no one messes with the health of my cub!
And so I set out to green our laundry room. I looked up many different recipes and after trying a few I found one that works for us. Not only have I gotten rid of all those hazardous chemicals, we are saving some green and in the process, we are not sending these chemicals down the drain which in turn makes our oceans less toxic four of sea creatures.
Homemade Laundry Detergent Steps
What you need:
– 2 cups Washing Soda
– 2 cups Borax
– 1 bar of Dr. Bronner’s Castille soap, grated
Once grated the bar of soap gives you approximately 2 cups. You can either buy it in the scent of your choice or scentless. I prefer the peppermint one, it’s such an energizing scent, and it makes the laundry smell just so wonderful!
Homemade Laundry Detergent Method:
Grate soap and set aside. Measure the Washing Soda and Borax and mix well with the grated soap. Use about two tablespoons for a full load. More if you have water. Since we have very hard water in Columbus, OH I use about three tablespoons for a full and heavy load.
And there you have it. Easy and simple, three-ingredient. I have seen other homemade versions but the recipe called for certain household items that I don’t trust or have chemicals that you are trying to avoid, defeating the purpose of a non-toxic laundry detergent.
As far as a fabric softener, just skip it. You can use one cup of white distilled vinegar per full load. I recommend against it if you have hard water, I add a capful of Calgon, a water softener, and don’t use anything as a fabric softener, I’ve noticed I don’t even need it. For the dryer, I beg of you please stop using dryer sheets, they are so harmful. Instead, you can use wool dryer balls. You can buy them from lots of different websites, or, you guessed it–you can make your own! I’m currently working with a couple different methods to make them so once I have it down perfectly I will post the tutorial!