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DIY laundry detergent

August 19, 2014

DIY Laundry Detergent

 

One of the best decisions I’ve made for my family was recently saving money by making our own laundry detergent. It’s seriously so quick and easy and another way to rid my family of potential toxic chemicals that can be found in everyday laundry detergent. 

Do you know what’s in your current laundry detergent? Below i’ve included a chart from motherearthliving.com on what harmful ingredients to avoid along with my quick and easy recipe for DIY Laundry Detergent.

 

Ingredients:

+ 1 Cup Baking Soda

+ 1 Cup Citric Acid

+ 1 Cup Castile Soap Bar

+ 1 Cup Arm+Hammer Washing Soda

 

Directions:

+ Shred entire bar of castile soap into jar.

+ Add all ingredients and mix.

+ Optional but you can 1 cup of distilled vinegar to fabric softener tray; this helps to brighten clothes.

+ Optional you can add a few drops of an essential oil to the load to add additional natural scents.

 

And thanks all, super easy and takes less than 15 minutes!!! Let me know how you like it or if you have any suggestions or other recipes for DIY laundry detergent.

 

 

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Ingredient to Avoid Found In Potential Health Risks
Benzaldehyde Laundry bleach, perfumes Irritation to mouth, throat, eyes and skin
Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid Fabric softener Reproductive and developmental effects in animal studies
Artificial fragrances Laundry detergent, dryer sheets, fabric softener Irritation to skin and eyes; many are toxic and are
suspected carcinogens
Diethanolamine Detergent Irritation to skin and eyes; linked to liver and kidney tumors
and developmental and reproductive toxicity in animal studies
Quaternium-15 Detergent Releases formaldehyde, a known carcinogen that causes
rashes and skin inflammation
2-Butoxyethanol Dry cleaning chemical, stain removers Birth defects and reproductive and developmental effects
in animal studies; carcinogen
Chlorine Laundry bleach Potent irritant to eyes, upper respiratory tract and lungs
Perchlorethylene (Perc) Dry cleaning chemical Liver and kidney damage; irritant; possible carcinogen
Ethyl acetate Fabric softener Neurotoxin; irritant
Nonylphenol ethoxylate Laundry detergent, dry cleaning aids Hormone disruptor
ER, KSN, OB, OB-1 Common trade names for optical brighteners Possible developmental and reproductive effects
Linear alkyl sodium sulfonates
(LAS)
Detergent Skin and eye irritant; can be toxic to aquatic life; can
produce toxic fumes during production
Petroleum distillates
(also called naphthas)
Detergent Chemicals linked to cancer and lung damage

 

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