Why Homemade Laundry Detergent May Be Right for You

By Jennifer Stepanik

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One benefit of homemade laundry detergent is that it can be ideal for members of the household who have sensitive skin. Sure, there are laundry detergents on the market that are especially made for people with particular skincare needs, but aside from costing more, there’s no assurance that they’ll work in preventing allergies and breakouts. That’s because there are numerous types of sensitive skin, and each type is irritated by different types of allergens.

For example, certain brands made for people with sensitive skin contain citrus and/or lavender, which can trigger allergies in certain skin types. In such cases, resorting to making your own customized blend would allow you to ensure that the particular substances that trigger the allergies can be left out of a recipe.

First, it must be said that all government-approved laundry detergents on the market have been tested to be safe for use by the general public and to be sufficiently harmless to the environment. However, studies that find commercial detergents to be harmful to the health and the environment continue to be published. In particular, these studies have found that perfumes, colorants, and optical brighteners are to blame for allergies, diseases, and even toxic buildup in water supplies. As a result, some cautious homemakers have found making their own laundry soaks to be a much safer alternative to buying commercially available laundry detergents.

Homemade laundry detergents are only a fraction of the price of commercially available ones.

Here’s one recipe for a homemade laundry detergent liquid that we’ve found to be cheaper than commercial detergents and seems to work even better:

The ingredients are:
1/2 cup of borax
1 cup of washing soda
1 bar of Fels-Naptha soap
3 gallons of water

To make your laundry liquid, grate the bar of Fels-Naptha soap until you end up with a pile of soap flakes. Then, add the flakes, one handful at a time, to four cups of water brought to a boil, then calmed to a simmer. After adding each handful, stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until all the flakes are dissolved. Next, in a separate clean bucket, combine the resulting Fels-Naptha soap liquid, the three gallons of water, the borax, and the washing soda, and let sit for twenty-four hours. At the end of that period, the substance will be clumpy, so stir first before using.

Add one cup of your homemade liquid laundry detergent to every regular-sized load. You’ll notice that your laundry will be clean and will smell great without the artificial fragrance of commercially available detergents. And you’ll end up with some savings, too!

Jennifer Stepanik has been in the Skin & beauty industry for the last 14 years and has turned her insider knowledge into online eBooks and workshops in order that her readers can learn how to recreate their own at home day spa environments. She has written Homemade Soaps Made Simple [http://soap-making-books.com/ebook/]; Homemade Sugar Scrubs Made Simple and is currently finalizing Homemade Candles Made Simple. To learn more about soap making visit Soap Making E-Course [http://soap-making-books.com/soap-making-e-course/]

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