Saturday, October 11, 2014

DIY Powdered Laundry Detergent

When someone asks you what the largest organ in your body is, how would you answer? Liver? Maybe the heart? WRONG!
 Haha, sorry. But really, your largest organ is your SKIN. Yes. Seriously, just Google "largest organ" and you'll find that "The skin of an average adult has a surface area of over 21 square feet and accounts for 6% to 10% of your body weight".
So why am I giving you an anatomy lesson? Because it matters. 
Do you care about what you put into your body?
If you do, and you're trying to be healthy and change your life through diet, then that's awesome and I'm so proud of you.. But you also need to realize that what you put ON your body, whether it be makeup, lotion, perfume or clothes that have been washed and dried in some nasty chemical concoction, is just as important as what you put IN your body!
What we put on our bodies, gets absorbed into the skin, then into our blood stream and that's scary!
If you don't understand what I mean, go online and look up the ingredient list for whatever laundry detergent OR dryer sheets you use.
Do you recognize any of the ingredients? Probably not.
And just like when you're reading the label of something you're about to eat, and you don't recognize most things on the label, you probably don't eat it, right?
Well I'm here to give you a recipe so that you can make your own laundry detergent with basic household ingredients that have been around for hundreds of years!

Here's what you'll need
  • 4 cups of Borax
  • 4 cups of Super Washing Soda
  • 2 bars of unscented Dr. Bronners Castile Soap
  • 20-30 drops of your favorite Essential Oil

  • Measuring Cups
  • Cheese Grater
  • Large Bowl
  • Food Processor or Blender (optional)

1) This is the hardest part, but first you must grate both bar soaps into the bowl with the smallest side of your cheese grater. I used the side with the outward protruding holes with the spiky edges (not sure what it's called) because it created a very fine powder!
2) Once that's done, add the Borax and the Super Washing Soda and mix all of the ingredients together.
3) Add in your favorite essential oils and mix them in well.
4) OPTIONAL: Pour all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until the powder and soap are a fine texture and mixed even better than before.
5) Store in an airtight container and use about 1 Tablespoon for normal loads and 2 Tablespoons for large or extra dirty ones.

This detergent should last you about 2 months, depending on how often you do laundry! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to hear from you if you try out the recipe! I have been using it for about a month and have seen quite an improvement in my body acne. 

1 comment:

  1. Sweet. How long have you been using this? How does it compare to other natural detergents you've used?