Laundry Powder – Safe Alternatives
Following my blog about laundry powder, I have had a few readers ask about safe options.
There are some links on the actual blog and some of these can be found in your local supermarkets (again, it would depend on the supermarket) and health food shops.
There are also other alternatives.
I have mentioned that you can “make your own”.
Here is a simple recipe that you can find on http://www.instructables.com/id/Home-Made-Laundry-Detergent/
2 bars of soap, 1 cup of washing soda crystals/borex and 1 cup baking soda.
Grate the soap, mix all together and store. Use about 2 to 3 tablespoons per load.
When it comes to soap, I would of course, only use the non toxic variety 🙂
Another alternative, provided by the lovely Katie from Clear Conscience Soap Company is to grate one of their soaps (and they do have the MOST wonderful soap) and use a table spoon full in the wash.
I would also like to add that putting white vinegar in the “fabric softener” compartment is a cool thing to do. It rinses your clothes from any residue and potential odours (I use this heavy duty when I am having to wash sheets after a night time “accident”)
And then of course, people say to me, yeah whatever but what do YOU use?
Well, I do tend to make my own and that is mostly because I like to know what is in it. Like, exactly what is in it. It is very difficult to find a laundry detergent these days which has all of the ingredients listed on the packaging. I am sure a lot of the companies have nothing to hide but are just simply not required to list the ingredients. Having said that, though, if there is nothing to hide, then why not just list them?
There are times, of course, when I have run out or don’t have all the required ingredients on hand. Then this one is my back up. Not only is it safe for your skin and the environment but it is also safe for your clothes. It has in built sun protection so that your clothes don’t fade in the sun. It is also designed to work with the sun to get rid of any stains.
Lastly, Chelsea from the Trevallan Lifestyle Centre also wrote about this recently, you can have a read of what her thoughts and recommendations are here.
As always, your feedback and questions are things I look forward to the most, so don’t be shy 🙂