{Natural DIY} Homemade & natural LAUNDRY DETERGENT

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Laundry detergent. Literally the last thing in my cleaning repertoire that I have converted. It took me almost 3 years to get to the point of changing my laundry soap. Don’t ask me why, because I don’t know. All the reasons to change have been there since day one:

1.       Making your own saves you money

2.       It saves the environment

3.       You minimize the chances of allergic reactions

Etc.

But I just could make the switch. The closest I came was buying an ecoball, one of those balls that clean with electromagnetic fields or something. I used mine for close to a year, and then it stopped working. But even when I used the ball I still used commercial detergent to wash our cloth nappies with. Now my ball doesn’t work, and I realise it is time to start practicing what I am preaching. Because I don’t yet have the guts to make my own detergent full time, I bought an earth-friendly brand. So far so good, it even washes the nappies clean. And it doesn’t smell like detergent, which I hate. Next step would be to make my own. In preparation of the day, I have started working on some recipes. The one I am sharing is the one that I found works the best, but I have also (because of circumstances beyond my control) used only borax mixed with washing soda. I don’t think our clothes came out as clean as they should have been, but when in a pinch you make a plan! Although Borax is a very effective cleaner, some people consider it unsafe to use. After doing my own bit of research I have come to the conclusion that it is safe to use IF you use it diluted, not directly on the skin, and refrain from bringing it into contact with your eyes. So basically the same way you would treat vinegar… I don’t mind using Borax, but for those of you who do mind you can substitute with baking soda. Washing soda, or Sodium carbonate, is completely harmless. It is the water-soluble sodium salt of carbonic acid and is a powerful cleaner and water softener. Also known as soda ash, you can make your own from baking soda if you ever run out of it.

 

A note –

when choosing your essential oils, just keep in mind that you want to incorporate antimicrobial properties into the detergent. So choose oils that are antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, etc. Most oils have at least one of these properties, but some (like tea tree and eucalyptus) ticks more than one box. I use eucalyptus most of the time, together with a citrus scent just for a nice aroma. I used to use a lot of tea tree but suspect I might be a bit intolerant to the oil as I start to itch when I come into contact with it. It also makes my eczema flare up. Remember to always test your tolerance before using oils!

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