First things first, let’s talk about Laundry Detergent. I used to spend so much money on detergent. Especially when I went for the “green” option. Laundry Detergent is full of chemicals such as sulfates, fragrances and phenols. Most soaps contain things like petroleum distillates, which are linked to cancer and lung disease. Detergents are full of artificial fragrances which can cause skin scensitivity and even hormone disruption! This recipe is just so simple you’ll wonder why you didn’t convert sooner! You only need 3 ingredients-Super Washing Soap, Borax, and Fels Naptha bar soap. You can find all these ingredients in the detergent section at Walmart. You might be raising an eyebrow about the ingredients Borax. I have done my research and I believe it is safe. Please read this article for more clarification. Fels Naptha is a readily available bar soap that I like, however I am concerned about it’s strong fragrance. A better alternative (if saving money is not your primary goal) is Dr. Bronner’s bar soap. This soap is excellent, just a little more pricey.
Let’s get started!
DIY Laundry Detergent Recipe
DIY Fabric Softener Recipe
DIY Bleach Alternative
DIY Bleach Pen
1.In a small pot add the cornstarch to the water. Mix it until the cornstarch has dissolved.
2.Turn on the stove and stir until it begins to boil.
3.Once it boils, turn off the stove and let it COMPLETELY cool.
4.Add 5 TBSP of bleach and mix.
5.Add to a condiment bottle.
*FYI* My mix was a little thick so I added tiny amounts of water until I got the consistency I wanted.
As you can tell-I really like to make things pretty. A clean organized cabinet with my homemade goodies that have cute labels just makes me happy. It gives my life order, but that’s just me. If you want to create your own pretty labels I have a tip-I buy labels from Avery. I’ve tried out their waterproof labels and they are OK but they don’t hold up for long. I put a strip of clear packing tape over all my labels that sit by the sink or could potentially get wet. It works great!
So, let’s recap-this is an easy conversion-you are going to be so happy with yourself because you will be free of toxins and have more money to spend on fun stuff at the grocery store!
Here’s your grocery list-This is all probably under $20 and will last quite while!
2. Fels Naptha Bar Soap (you can buy 4 bars and make 4-5 batches of detergent with just one box of Borax and 1 box of Super Washing Soda!-at 1 TBSP. a load this will last ages!)
3. Super Washing Soda
4. Vinegar-1 gallon jug is under $3 and you can add the alcohol and lavender right in the jug!
6. Lemon Juice
7. Hydrogen Peroxide
9. Bleach-get the smallest container you can, cause this is the only TOXIC ingredient in all these recipes!