There’s no doubt about it, you wash clothes at least once a week. I bet you rarely thought about what’s in your detergent beyond which one will make your clothes smell the best. I think for a lot of people they don’t consider this until they have a baby then they may become aware that there are special laundry detergents for babies. Hopefully that got you wondering…WHY? In 2013 Procter and Gamble agreed to reduce the amount of carcinogens in it’s popular detergent, Tide. Reduce? What does that even mean?
If you looked at the link for the original recipe, she says Epsom salt is optional. I bought it, and then I opted out. Epsom salt will make your water harder and then your clothes won’t clean as well, fades colors and fabrics won’t be as soft.
4 pounds of baking soda ($2.79) 4 bars of castile soap ($5.32) (Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Soap) 3lbs OxiClean Free ($8.79) 3 lbs 7 oz (1 box) Super Washing Soda ($4.19) Start by grating the soap. I used my food processor and grating attachment with no problem at all. Dump the soap and all the other ingredients into a very large bowl and mix it up. As you mix the shredded soap will break up into little pieces and everything will come together very nicely Place the soap in a container near your laundry machine! Use 1-2 tbsp per load. (I used the scoop that came with the baking soda, which holds about 3 tbsp so I know to fill it about 1/2 full. Total: $21.09 for 320 loads = $.07 a load
Easy peasy! No harmful chemicals. And it still smells great and washes well. Since it doesn’t have sudsing chemicals, this should be safe to use with HE machines as well. I’ve been using this detergent for several months so far and am pleased to report that I’m still pleased with it!
For the Dryer –
I don’t often use dryer sheets as they are full of chemicals and leave a residue on your clothing. This residue on towels limits the absorption and over time leaves your towels feeling too starchy. I haven’t yet tried the wool balls. I’m holding out for my mom to make them. But in the meantime, I’ve been using a tennis ball with a few drops of essential oils. Purification is my favorite for this use. The tennis ball fluffs and speeds drying time and for the most part I don’t notice an issue with static. Once I try the wool balls, I’ll be sure to write my review.