Make Your Own Laundry Products

Harmful chemicals can affect a family’s health. These toxins over time can contribute to skin sensitivities, allergies and contact dermatitis. Research continues to grow on the effects of toxins found in commercial laundry detergents and fabric softeners. A study in 2009detected an increased risk of respiratory allergies, as well as greater symptoms of sneezing, itchy nose and wheezing. There are simple solutions to avoid these chemicals.

David Steinman, and environmental health advocate with the Green Patriot Working Group says about two-thirds of laundry detergents contain the chemical byproduct 1,4-dioxane and is considered a likely carcinogenic to humans by all routes of exposure. A number of brand name detergents such as Tide, Purex, and Gain–see the entire list at solutions, and often does not rinse out of clothes, sheets or towels.  The EPA also warns that contact may cause eye and skin irritation, burns, coughing or shortness of breath. Add that to the cocktail of other chemicals found in detergents and softeners (including sulfates, chlorine, parbens, fragrances and phenols, as well as petroleum distillates linked to cancer and lung disease. And not to mention the high costs associated with such products.

Make Your Own Dryer Balls: these are easy and fun. You will need a skein of 100 percent wool yarn, scissors, sock and essential oil is optional.

  • Wrap wool yarn around two fingers 10-15 times
  • Pinch the bundle in the middle and pull off your fingers
  • Wrap yarn around the center of the bundle 10-15 times in the other direction
  • Continue to wrap, alternating directions to make a ball.
  • Once your ball is the size of a tennis ball, cut the end of yarn and tuck under several layers of yarn.
  • Repeat steps 1-5 for as man y dryer balls as you want.
  • Put each dryer ball in the end of a sock or an old pair of pantyhose. Add them to a load of laundry that will run through the hot wash cycle.
  • Wash then dry on the hottest setting. Remove and check for felting…when you cna no longer separate the individual strings of yarn.
  • To use, toss dryer balls into the dryer with wet laundry. If desired, add a few drops of essential oil to freshen your clothes. When clothes are dry you can store the balls in the dryer, or place in a gasket until your next load.

Rosemary Powdered Laundry Soap: 1 cup washing soda    1 cup borax   2 cups grated castile bar soap   50 drops rosemary essential oil.  Mix well in large bowl. Add the rosemary essential oil and mix thoroughly. Store in a large airtight container. To use, add 1/8 cup per load.

Lemon-Fresh Liquid Laundry Soap:  1 bar castile soap grated, 8 cups water, 5-gallon bucket with lid, 4 1/2 gallons hot tap water, 1 cup washing soda, 1 cup borax, 3 teaspoons of lemon essential oil.  In a saucepan over low heat, mix soap and 8 cups of water, gradually heating and stirring until soap is dissolved. Fill 5 gallon bucket about 3/4 full of hot tap water. Add soap mixture, washing soda and borax. Add lemon essential oil and mix well. Cover, and leave overnight. Transfer into smaller containers if desired. To use add 1/2 cup per load.

Simple Laundry Soap: 1 box washing soda, 1 box of borax and 1 bar of grated Fels Naptha. Mix thoroughly. Use 2 Tablespoons per load.

Laundry Stain Stick: 2 lbs. lard, 10 oz. water, 4.39 oz. lye, 1/2 oz. of lemon essential oil. Measure lye and water in 2 separate bowls. Carefully combine lye and water by pouring lye into the water until dissolved. Allow lye mixture to stay under a vent and cool down while you prepare lard.     Measure lard–place in crock pot to melt on low heat. Once melted–add lye mixture to the lard and stir. After a brief stir–grab a stick blender–blend lard and liquid for 5 minutes. Mixture will be like pudding. Cover the crock and cook the soap for 1 hour. Prepare your mold—–line with parchment paper. Just before pouring—-add any essential oil you like. Spoon soap into molds. Cool and harden for 24 hours. Remove and cut bars. Place bars where there is good air flow.

Gentle Bleach: 12 cups water, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1 cup peroxide. Use 2 cups per load of clothes. Use with load of clothes with detergent—let agitate, soak for one hour—then wash. This works very well.

Homemade Fabric Softener: 3 cups warm water, 1 1/2 cups white vinegar, 1 cup conditioner can add essential oil if you like. Pour all ingredients into half gallon container and stir. Add oils. 1/4 cup during rinse cycle.

Easy Fabric Softener: Use 1/4 cup white vinegar can add 3 teaspoons of lavender essential oil if you like.

Eucalyptus Dryer Sheets: Cotton Cloths, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 5-10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Airtight container.  Cut cotton cloths such as old dish towels or T-shirts into small rectangles. Place in airtight container. Then, pour liquid over the cloths so that they are damp. To use, remove cloth from container squeeze excess liquid back into jar, and place in dryer. When dry, place cloth back in container for later use.

All recipes/article are taken from “Mother Earth Living,” and other sources.



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