Since 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.
I 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.
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.
Natural Homemade Deodorant – Safe and Very Effective
After 3 years, I figured it was about time that I share my recipe for the homemade natural deodorant I use. Minimum of 3 ingredients, 4 if you use essential oil for scent. I only just recently started tracking how long each batch has lasted me and the last time I made one was November 20th, 2014 and I finally ran out March 5th, 2015. Three and a half months of natural, chemical free, moisturizing deodorant for less than a dollar per batch. So, I only spend less than 5 bucks a YEAR on deodorant!! And, the ingredients can be used for other things so there is no waste.
I had to wait until I ran out to write this so I could get photos of me making it. If I missed my window, I would’ve had to wait another 3 months or so. I’ve been wanting to share this for a very long time.
Here is my personal testimonial from the past 3 years:
I’ve been using this for about 3 years now and not once, I repeat, NOT ONCE have I had any body odor and never been the stinky kid in class. It’s not like I don’t test it either because I do vigorous exercise, bike ride, take hot yoga and have a physically demanding job. Oh, and I live in the beautifully hot state of Arizona. When I first started using it, I would sneak a sniff once in awhile to make sure it was working and now because I’ve never been stinky, I just trust it. I think that’s a pretty good testimonial.
Start with melted coconut oil. It’s so much easier to blend everything together thoroughly.
Put the ingredients in your mixing bowl in this order: coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot starch then essential oils if using. If you were to put the coconut oil after the powders, it would create an unnecessarily messier situation. Trust me.
Once everything is mixed, pour the liquid mixture into your container of choice. Use a container that has a lid and one that you can easily scoop a tiny bit of deodorant out with your finger.
To use: just scoop approximately the amount of a pea with your finger and rub into your pit until any granules melt. Repeat on the other side.
I usually use 3 fingers to rub it in. It doesn’t bother me to get it on my fingers because
it’s so silky smooth
it covers more space quicker
its just coconut oi and natural ingredients. Nothing a quick wipe of a towel won’t fix. I’d much rather have to wipe my finger than use harmful chemicals.
As long as I rub it into my pit thoroughly and any granules that might be there melt, it never ever ever leaves a deodorant stain on my clothes. You know how regular deodorant over time leaves a white stain on the pits of your shirts and is difficult to wash out? Imagine how penetrating all those chemical are right on your skin.
I advise using a 1/4 cup LESS one (1) Tablespoon of baking soda. I find that this is the perfect amount to prevent any skin irritation, especially after shaving. Since doing this, my skin hasn’t been irritated once, even after shaving.
Lastly, put the liquid mixture in the fridge for about an hour to allow the coconut oil to solidify a bit. If it’s rock hard, don’t worry because it will end up being paste-like once it’s been sitting in your bathroom at room temperature. Once it’s softened up a little from sitting at room temperature, I take a fork to scrape the surface and ‘chunk it up’ so I can scoop it with my finger tip.
I started using homemade natural deodorant specifically because of the link between Alzheimer’s and store bought deodorant. My grandmother Shirley (I miss her so much) died of Alzheimer’s and I try to do whatever I can to prevent it if possible. Not to mention the other links like breast cancer.