For years I have been buying very expensive all natural laundry soap from the store because my eldest son has horrible allergies to any synthetic cleaners. I have learned so much about natural versus synthetic products directly because of his horrible eczema . It turns out his eczema is caused by any soaps, cleaners, and even air fresheners that are not all natural.
Laundry detergent was one of the most difficult things to find back when we started our journey towards all natural. It also was the most important because of course clothing rests right on the skin and would cause instant rashes to break out. The worst was fabric softener or dryer sheets so I haven't used those in nine years but instead use Wool Dryer Balls which work just as well and has the bonus of keeping being all natural. Click HERE to buy them. They really are a great investment. I have had mine for SIX years and they are still working to soften my laundry. To add scent just put a few drops of your favorite essential oil on them.
Back to the laundry detergent. I read on several blogs on how ladies made their own and how it was not only all natural, but also ridiculously cheap working out to less than 10 cents per load! For some reason I never tried it, mainly thinking it would be to complicated, would take lots of time, and it would not work as well as store bought. Well I was wrong on all counts! It takes me about ten minutes to make it and the stuff works great and leaves a very pleasing scent on the clothes. This is nice because we haven't been able to use fragrance on our clothes since eldest son was born. Oh and of course it has not aggravated a eczema breakout in the least! Click HERE for a complete package deal.
I would recommend this to anyone wanting to use all natural laundry detergent that is cheaper than the cheapest regular laundry soap!
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
1 bar fels naptha laundry soap
Grate fels naptha and mix with the dry ingredients. I use just a regular cheese grater. Make sure to mix well! Use 2 to 3 tablespoons for large loads. It will not suds up like other laundry detergents do so it is safe in your front loader. I also add a scoop of oxy clean because we have small children who get their clothes really dirty!
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