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The Best DIY Laundry Detergent

October 10, 2016

I have finally found IT! The Best DIY Laundry Detergent, or rather “concoction”. It is even all-natural and pretty inexpensive. 🙂

Awhile back I had written a post on my favorite all natural laundry detergents. Well, as time has passed, I have come across some better products for our laundry. 

Here are the items that I use on pretty much every load:

salsuds-cleaner-32oz_2Dr Bronner’s Castille Soap – this is a concentrated all-purpose cleaner made with plant-based surfactants, natural fir needle and spruce essential oils. There are no dyes or fragrances. I not only use it for my laundry but for all of my cleaning around the house. Literally, I clean every room with it including the floors!

This product is biodegradable and 100% cruelty free. It is literally magical!

Sal’s Suds is rated an A+ on the EWG and there is also a great dilutions cheat sheet that can definitely come in handy. Continue Reading…

DIY All Natural Fabric Softener

November 3, 2014

White Vinegar is what I consider the “miracle ingredient” for homemade cleaners. It is a natural disinfectant and a must have in your arsenal if you are going to start making your cleaners at home. This stuff is cheap, natural, and amazing! Your kid can drink it and no poison control center call is ever needed. 🙂

Fabric Softener is not an item I consider a necessity or must have on my laundry list, so of course, I don’t want to spend much on it. Most commercial fabric softeners contain a lot of nasty chemicals (Downy Free and Sensitive is ranked an F on the EWG), can cause allergies & asthma, and can cause build up on your clothes. On the flip side they do make your clothes smell fantastic!

About two years ago I was on a mission to get rid of static cling naturally without using dryer sheets (still working on this). I did come across the idea of using white vinegar with essential oils as a fabric softener. I tried it and never looked back! Vinegar makes our clothes so much softer while removing any musty smell from those towels. There is also never a vinegar smell on the clothes itself.

I have a top load washing machine, so I just fill up the fabric softener dispenser for large loads and about half for small loads. They say about 1/2 C, but I don’t have the time or patience to measure, so I just throw it in there. Just make sure to shake the bottle each time before use to mix the oils and vinegar together.

DIY Fabric Softener 1

The recipe is super easy:

– old fabric softener bottle, rinsed out

– fill the white vinegar to the top of the bottle

– add 20-30 drops of essential oils (lavender is my favorite)

– pour it in your fabric softener dispenser and you are all set

The total cost is $1.20!! The vinegar would cost around $1.19 as you can buy a 128 oz bottle at Giant Eagle for $2.99 on sale. I typically do not go organic for white vinegar that I use for cleaning.

The lavender oil is $.01 (for 20 drops) as you can buy a 4 oz bottle for around $15.99 on sale at Lucky’s. You can also buy a 1 oz. bottle on iherb for $7.63. You can typically get 2400 drops out of a 4 oz. (30 ml) bottle. Then, just reuse an old fabric softener bottle that you have at home – free!

You can play around and add different oils to the vinegar. Orange and lemon are a great citrus scent that can help brighten and get rid of stains. Peppermint is refreshing and great for the holidays, and tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant. There are many combinations of natural oils to use in the vinegar while getting a natural, refreshing scent on your clothes.

My favorite all natural laundry detergents

October 19, 2014

The quest to find the best all natural laundry detergent has been a long and tedious one. I have tried, failed, and possibly ruined a few pieces of clothing during the journey. Nonetheless, I kept trying and have a brand that is working for us at the moment.

Nellies 10.17.14

1. Nellie’s All Natural Laundry Soda.

Coconut Oil Based Surfactants – can cause respiratory issues, irritate the eyes and lungs, along with increasing cell division rates (well, this is just awesome)

Sodium Carbonate (Soda Ash or Washing Soda) – is rated an A on the EWG. This is a stronger version of baking soda and occurs when you heat baking soda in the oven at 200°F over an hour. By doing this, it will release carbon dioxide and water which then turns into sodium carbonate. This will change the PH of the water, making it more alkaline. It is a water softener, pulling the calcium out of your water.

Sodium Metasilicate – fusing sodium carbonate with silica sand (see more). This is typically non toxic when made into detergents.

Fatty Alcohol Ethoxylate – rated a C on the EWG as there are some concerns with respiratory, developmental and reproductive activity

Sodium Chloride – salt (of course rated an A!)

Nellie’s states that their product is free of SLS, SLES, Gluten, phosphates, fragrance and chlorine. It claims that its “highly concentrated formula will leave your clothes soft and fresh, rinsing residue free”. I really agree with this statement as our clothes feel great and don’t have that residue feel.

Most of the stains come out really well and it works wonderfully on the cloth diapers. If I need that extra boost I throw in a scoop of the Nellie’s Oxygen Brightner (more on this in a future blog). I also tend to wash most of our clothes in cold water to save money – Diapers and whites are washed in hot water and towels in warm.

The only downside to Nellie’s or really any all natural laundry detergent, is that it does not have any scent and does not make your whites white (more on this in a future blog). I typically get the tin for 100 loads around $17.09 on (When you click on my link you will receive up to $10 off your first order! Yippee!). This would be $.17/load. 

Now as I am writing this post I am realizing that Nellie’s still has some chemicals that I don’t want around my family. The GoodGuide rates it a 10, but they are missing some partial data. So, the search might still be on!

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