Now before you begin to wonder if this is an AA or NA (Narcotics Anonymous) meeting, chemical-free in this post does not mean drugs, but the toxic chemicals that is sold on the grocery selves to us everyday, specifically—cleaning products. Yes, I said it! Cleaning products are bad and toxic. Now, this isn’t a get-out-of-jail free card to get out of cleaning…although if you are anything like me, I wouldn’t need the free card. In fact, I am a minimalist in this area—hands down. Yes, I said it!
Last night I held a Make & Take workshop on DIY cleaning solutions. I have been doing baby steps to move away from chemicals and minimize their use in my life. I have to admit, I have been pleasantly surprised how great these recipes work.
Highlighting just a few in this post, I will start with the laundry. I have made my own laundry crystals for the past year now. They work just as well as the name brands in the store and cost considerably less. I talked about this in an earlier post here. The laundry detergent, my daughter started making and then I have just taken it over. Here is what you need:
- 2 c Borax
- 2 c Washing Soda
- 1 c baking soda
- 1 bar grated Castile Soap Bar
- 15 drops lavender essential oil
- 15 drops peppermint essential oil
Combine all ingredients and put in an airtight container. This recipe comes from DrAxe.com. Prior to finding this recipe, I was using ZOTE bars or flakes. The flakes are large and had a hard time getting through the washer dispenser. So, it may be best, in whatever soap option you choose, to go with the bars and use a small grate. I did find another way to break up the soap bar. Cut the bars into four pieces and microwave on high for 1 minute. It takes several minutes for the pieces to cool, but then the pieces can be broken down into almost a powder. I found this took more time, but crushing the pieces of soap between your fingers was quite therapeutic…especially after a rough day at work of dealing with difficult people…YES, therapeutic indeed.
So any supermarket will have the first three ingredients here in southern Utah’s Dixie. Walmart of course is going to be the cheapest for the first two, but Costco has baking soda—CHEAP. The Castile soap bars are sold at Natures Market and Dixie Nutrition. It runs about $7 per bar. On walmart.com, another option is “Kirks” Castile brand for only $3.97 a bar and free shipping if you ship it to the store of you choosing. They are stocked in various scents, but with using the essential oils, I took the unscented. The recipe calls for specific oils, but any essential oils you are drawn to will work…go for the HAPPY on this. As rumor has it, (and I have found this to be true) citrus oils are a great stain, grease lifter and the scent is energizing. Anything to help through those loads of laundry, right?
If you would like a copy of the compiled recipes I made, I will be happy to send you a copy— just IM me through one of my social media sites. The recipes are not my own, but just ones I have collected and found them to be worthy of inclusion.
How about you? Do you make your own laundry detergent? Please share in the comments…especially, if you have any helpful tips you have discovered. I would love to hear them!