One of the most difficult transitions into a green lifestyle is in the realm of hygiene. Most people are so used to buying whatever shampoo, toothpaste, detergent, etc. that is on the shelf without questioning it’s safety.
Because I developed eczema in recent years, I have looked for products that were natural and toxin-free. I bought natural shampoo and conditioner, but it was time to make a leap: laundry detergent. Clothes cling to and rub against the body, which creates an enormous gateway for toxins and chemicals to gain entry into the body. Large amounts of harsh chemicals and detergents can affect sewer systems and the environment, too.
Homemade laundry detergent is also a great way to save money! The ingredients were about $12 at the store (minus the OxiClean) and lasts for a very long time. Great way to cut down on expenses in unexpected places.
- 6 cups of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Powder
- 3 bars of finely grated Fels-Naptha soap or Dr. Bronner’s bar soap
- 2 cups of OxiClean Powder (optional) or add to individual, loads of white clothes
Add 2-3 tablespoons per load. If washing in cold water, dissolve the detergent with hot water beforehand.
Use 1/2 cup vinegar to fabric softener compartment to reset the pH levels of the clothes and neutralize any irritants.
A few drops of essential oils can be added to individual loads.
And voila! Clothes are left feeling super fresh. Try different scented Dr. Bronner’s bar soaps to experiment with appealing scents, but peppermint works great.
**For those who don’t want to make their laundry detergent but still want something natural, Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds are great!
It’s important to understand how each individual impacts the environment. What is flushed down the toilet, sink and drains have to go somewhere. This video explains the basic mechanics of waste water systems.