Author Jean Morrison
Make your own liquid laundry detergent instead of using poisons
It is said that those of us who wash our clothes in common supermarket laundry detergents are, in reality, washing them in a cocktail of chemical poisons.
We can gauge acute reactions to the chemicals in some of these laundry washes when we find ourselves itching, sneezing or suffering respiratory complaints but what about the long-term effects of the chemicals that won't surface in our bodies for another 20 or 30 years? It's scary!
Anyway you can make a laundry liquid that is not full of toxins. It doesn't involve much effort and is so cheap to make.
There are no bleaching agents in this home made product so your white clothes may not stay as white as you are accustomed to. So maybe steer clear of white clothing when you are out shopping for clothes next time. I think that is a small price to pay when you consider how much better your health will be. Plus the planet will love you for it. Read here about the ingredients you will be using.
Make Your Own Laundry Liquid:
Instructions & Method
1 cup water
1/4 bar soap
12 cups hot tap water
4 tablespoons washing soda
2 tablespoons borax
Put the cup of water in a saucepan on the stove. Whilst you are heating it up grate the soap into that same saucepan. A potato peeler is good for this job. Stir the soap flakes until they are melted into the hot water.
Put the 12 cups of hot water into a bucket. Tip in the hot soapy water into the bucket and stir. Add the washing soda and stir again. Lastly add the borax and, of course, stir again.
Allow to cool. Use as per normal.
This will make a small amount of laundry liquid. If you like it then next time make it in bulk. You can of course add lavender oil (or other aromatic oils) to give your washing a fresh floral smell.
Did you know:
The average person in an "advanced" Western country can have as many as 300 synthetic chemicals in their hearts, livers, brains and kidneys.
Washing soda can impact on some septic systems. You can avoid this impact by using vinegar as a rinse but, to be extra cautious, maybe check with a septic system specialist.
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