For those looking for a DIY Non-Toxic Laundry soap after much research I found one powder and one liquid for you! The cost is between .06 cents to .26 cents per load.
Most DIY’s you will find on the internet or in books contain Borax and Fels-Naptha; or other bar laundry soaps that contain harmful fragrances, TALC, and more. You are here because you want healthier non toxic options. If that is the case…keep reading. 😉
Borax is a topic of great debate, but I encourage you to do your research and make the best decision for you and your family. EWG rates it as and F because Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity, Skin Allergies & Irritation, and Asthma/Respiratory concern.
Fels-Naptha contains TALC and a whole list of other ingredients that are concern for Cancer, in addition there is concern for Asthma/Respiratory.
I encourage you to use the EWG website search and look up all the ingredients in the products you are currently using and those you are considering using:: https://goo.gl/qVzBDd
If DIY is not your thing see my post here about the AWESOME Thieves Laundry Soap: https://goo.gl/ecJYED
Okay let’s get to it… Here is some DIY non toxic Laundry soaps, softeners, and stain removers for you! Also consider replacing the bar soaps in recipes with Young Living Thieves bar soap.
NATURAL LAUNDRY DETERGENT
4 – 4 oz bars Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Soap Fragrance Free (16 ounces total)
4 lbs Baking Soda
3. 7 lbs Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (1 box)
3 lbs OxiClean Baby OR OxiClean Free (1 container)
28 oz Epsom Salt (optional, for laundry softener)
1. Grate Castile soap into very small bits.
2. To turn the grated soap into smaller bits
3. Mix all ingredients in a large container and stir. (Do not breathe in the dust.)
How to use the laundry detergent::
Measure 1 or 2 Tablespoons onto the laundry per load. (There are no fillers in this detergent so it takes less than commercial laundry detergent.) It can be used in regular and HE machines.
Bonus tip: Fill the washer’s fabric softener dispenser with white vinegar for safe and effective laundry softening.
makes 11.43 lbs (183 oz.) for $20.75 or 320 loads at $0.06 per load!
LIQUID LAUNDRY DETERGENT
Super Washing Soda – 7 oz (2/3 c)
Sal’s Suds – 1/2 cup
Water – 4 cups, divided
1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
2. Pour washing soda into a large glass bowl then slowly stir in 2 cups of boiling water until washing soda is completely dissolved.
3. Stir in ½ cup Sal’s Suds until well combined. Then slowly stir in remaining 2 cups of boiling water.
4. Cool to room temperature, store in a glass bottle.
How to use the laundry detergent::
Use ¼ cup liquid detergent per load.
This cost .26 cents per load.
– All ingredients in both these recipes have an A rating from EWG.
– both you can add your essential oils to as well.
Where to find ingredients::
Amazon has it all but you can also get these in local stores such at Target and Fry’s Food. Also check your Costco and Sam’s club, sometimes they have some of these things.
Links on Amazon::
Super Washing Soda: https://goo.gl/drKP6p
Baking Soda: https://goo.gl/Hr1Cgd
Kirk’s Castile Bar Soap: https://goo.gl/5vkgMT
OxiClean Free: https://goo.gl/pcRx5i
Epsom Salt: https://goo.gl/xP1PV9
Sal’s Suds: https://goo.gl/gLXLhH
Fabric Softener DIY’s:: I have a few options for you to choose from. 😉
I personally LOVE my Wool dryer balls with Essential Oils they speed up the dry time and leave our clothes static free and smelling fresh. For Essential Oils; I use really whatever essential oil I am drawn to at that moment LOL but my go to’s are Citrus Fresh, Purification, Lavender, and Geranium. But I also love to use a mix of Eucalyptus and Lavender. Use what you love! (I have a soft water system in my house, so I skip the water softening addons)
DIY FABRIC SOFTENER
2 c. White vinegar
2 c. Water
1/8 c. Vegetable glycerin
10-20 drops Essential oil
cotton cloth (for dryer sheets)
LIQUID FABRIC SOFTENER DIRECTIONS
1. Combine white vinegar, water and glycerin in a glass jar. (To make liquid fabric softener mix together in a vinegar jug, it’s easy to pour into the machine.)
2. Add essential oils, if desired, and stir or shake to combine.
To use this mix as Dryer Sheets
DRYER SHEET DIRECTIONS:
Add 100% cotton cloths to the fabric softener container. (you can simply rip up strips of flannel or cotton jersey or an old 100% cotton t-shirt can be cut up and made into dryer sheets. Make sure it’s 100% cotton.)
How to USE:
Liquid Fabric Softener – Add ½ cup to the final rinse cycle. Use fabric softener dispenser or a dispenser ball.
Fabric Softener Sheets – Remove a fabric sheet from the jar and squeeze so it is not dripping. Add a sheet to the dryer with wet laundry and dry as usual.
Here is another for you.
LAUNDRY SOFTENER RECIPE:
1 gallon white vinegar
2 tbsp Young Living Lavender Conditioner
10 drops lavender/Citrus Fresh essential oil
Mix all ingredients in two 1/2 gallon mason jars and use half a cup per load.
STAIN REMOVER: WE GOT THIEVES!
We love using Thieves Bar Soap and/or Thieves Household Cleaner as a terrific stain remover.
For Thieves Bar Soap, rub into stain and place in washer. Wash as you normally would.
STAIN REMOVE Roller with Thieves Household Cleaner:
1 10 ml Roller bottle
1 capful Thieves household cleaner
Add thieves household cleaner to roller bottle and top with Distilled water.
TO USE: roll on to stain and wash as you normally would.
STAIN REMOVER STICK DIY
video how to:: https://youtu.be/JAtgpYTGgaw
1 bar solid castile soap, unscented, shaved into small pieces
1/3 cup washing soda
2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
½ cup water
½ cup Thieves® Laundry Soap
4 drops Lemon essential oil
Empty deodorant container
Empty lip balm container
1. Add all ingredients except for the essential oil and laundry soap into a saucepan.
2. Heat on low until the soap and all the particles are mostly melted.
3. Remove from the heat.
4. Add Thieves laundry soap and essential oil and evenly mix.
5. Let cool slightly and empty the mixture into a ziplock bag.
6. Cut the corner off and squeeze the liquid into your containers.
7. Put on the lids, let completely cool.
HOW TO USE:
Lightly dampen stick with a wet washcloth before use to adequately spread around the stained area. Wash as you normally would.
I truly hope you find this helpful in your journey.
*Credit for recipes for Liquid Laundry soap, Natural Laundry soap DIY, DIY fabric softener, and Liquid fabric softener goes to Bren from brendid.com