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DIY Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent

DIY Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent

homemade diy powdered laundry detergent borax soap eco friendly cleanSince I started The Organic Rabbit in January of 2014, I’ve been wanting to share the recipe for the homemade laundry detergent I use. The only problem was that it seemed like I would never run out. The last batch I had lasted me almost 2 years. But, keep in mind that I was only using it to wash MY clothes, not the hubbys clothes.

You can make this detergent scented or unscented. If you choose to make scented soap, it really only scents the actual powder and washing water and not so much the clothes. Once they have been line dried or put in the dryer, most all the scent is unnoticeable. So why put scent in at all you ask? I just happen to like smelling it when I open the container. No other reason really.

homemade diy powdered laundry detergent borax soap eco friendly cleanI chose to use Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Unscented bar because it is gentle, unscented and I just like Dr. Bronner’s products. It also grates to a nice fine texture if you use the smallest grating plate on your grater. I’ve also heard of others grating it larger and running it through a food processor. That will make it even finer. I found that the texture I got with my grater was just fine for me.

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I suggest grating the bar of soap, adding either the Washing Soda or Borax next, mixing thoroughly then adding the last ingredient and mixing thoroughly. Put in an air tight container (I’ve used the same ole Christmas Ziploc bowl for the past 2 years) and use 1 tablespoon per load. 

This detergent doesn’t suds up. Contrary to what everyone is programmed to believe, suds do not equal clean. This took me a minute to get used to. Our perception is that it’s the suds that are cleaning your clothes. This is a myth. My clothes have always come out clean and fresh. I clean houses, cook, walk dogs for a living and do hot yoga so I know dirty clothes.

Not only are you helping the environment by not using lots of chemicals, your clothes will last longer by not using harsh concentrated detergent (Borax actually helps the soap work optimally in hard water which is what we have here in Arizona) and you will save so much money on detergent. When I break it down, I end up spending:

  • $24 total for the ingredients which will last over 2 years ($12/year).
  • If I do 3 loads of laundry a week that comes to about 30 cents a load (or $1 a month) but I don’t normally do 3 loads of laundry a week so mine will last even longer bringing the cost per load much lower.
  • That’s way better than spending $12 on a bottle of liquid detergent that will last about a month.

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Recycling Numbers – What do they mean?

Recycling Numbers – What do they mean?

Ever wonder what the different numbers on your plastic products mean? They range from somewhat safe to downright unsafe when used for food and drink products.

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Why should you even care what number is on your plastic container? Because some plastics are worse for your health than others. Some can leach harmful chemicals like BPA which have been linked to infertility, hyperactivity, reproductive problems, and other health issues.

 

Here is the definition of BPA per the Mayo Clinic.

BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics are often used in containers that store food and beverages, such as water bottles. They may also be used in other consumer goods.

Epoxy resins are used to coat the inside of metal products, such as food cans, bottle tops and water supply lines. Some dental sealants and composites also may contain BPA.

Some research has shown that BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with BPA. Exposure to BPA is a concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.

Just like we want to know what is in the food we eat and the products we use, we should know what the containers include because they are touching our food.

Here is a breakdown of what the numbers mean so you can make a better decision on what numbers you choose to use.

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#1 PETE or PET – Found mostly in soda bottles, water bottles, beer bottles, salad dressing containers, mouthwash bottles, and peanut butter containers. Some consider it safe, but this plastic is known to allow bacteria and flavor to accumulate.

#2 HDPE – Found mostly in milk jugs, household cleaner containers, juice bottles, shampoo bottles, cereal box liners, detergent bottles, motor oil bottles, yogurt tubs, and butter tubs, milk jugs, detergent bottles, juice bottles, butter tubs, and toiletries bottles are made of this.  It is usually opaque. This plastic is considered safe and has low risk of leaching.

#3 V or PVC (Vinyl) – Used to make food wrap, plumbing pipes, and detergent bottles. These plastics used to, and still may, contain phthalates, which are linked to numerous health issues ranging from developmental problems to miscarriages. They also contain DEHA, which can be carcinogenic with long-term exposure. DEHA has also been linked to loss of bone mass and liver problems. Don’t cook with or burn this plastic. This plastic is best to be avoided.

#4 LDPE – Low density polyethylene (LDE) is most found in squeezable bottles, shopping bags, clothing, carpet, frozen food, bread bags, and some food wraps. This plastic rests among the recycling symbols considered to be safe.

#5 PP – Typically found in yogurt containers, ketchup bottles, syrup bottles, and medicine bottles. This plastic is also one of the safer plastics to look for.

#6 PS – Polystyrene (PS) is Styrofoam, which is notorious for being difficult to recycle, and thus, bad for the environment. This kind of plastic also poses a health risk, leaching potentially toxic chemicals, especially when heated. Most recycling programs won’t accept it. This plastic is best to be avoided.

#7 OTHER – All of the plastic resins that don’t fit into the other categories are placed in the number 7 category. It’s a mix bag of plastics that includes polycarbonate, which contains the toxic bisphenol-A (BPA). These plastics should be avoided due to possibly containing hormone disruptors like BPA.

Bottom line – Remember this rhyme

“With your food, use 4, 5, 1 and 2. All the rest aren’t good for you”

After learning about the differences of all the numbers, the hubby and I went frantically looking at every single piece of plastic for the numbers. We checked our remaining plastic containers and every plastic bottle in our fridge and cans in our pantry.

Turns out we had a #7! I was horrified lol. I was like “how did a #7 get in our house??” It was a gallon jug bottle for one of our favorite teas. Boo.

Look for a more in depth article on BPA and the dangers not only to our health but to the environment.

For more information visit Nation of Change.

 

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