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December 04, 2018

You know that the laundry detergent you’re using is chock full of chemicals you can’t pronounce. You have no idea why they’re included, or what their impact is, but to date you’ve smothered your clothing with them and pretended like it was okay.

Listen, we get it. #TheStruggleisReal.

No judgment here. Life gets busy and it’s just easier to pick up laundry detergent at your local grocery store.

But is it cheaper? Not at all.

Safer? Definitely not. 

So what are your options? We just so happen to have two EWG approved DIY laundry detergents you can use instead of those chemically packed store bought ones. Here is your road to green redemption, friend.

You got this.

EWG Approved Liquid Laundry Detergent

Ingredients:

  • Super Washing Soda – 7 oz (2/3 cup)
  • Baking Soda- 1.5 oz (3 Tbsp)
  • Liquid Castile soap – 1/2 cup, any scent –
  • Water– 5 cups, divided

Directions:

  1. Bring 5 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Pour washing soda into a large bowl then gingerly stir in 2 cups of boiling water until washing soda is fully dissolved. 
  3. Add one tablespoon of baking soda at a time and stir well. The mixture will thicken until it is a pudding-like texture.
  4. Stir in ½ cup Castile soap until well combined. Slowly stir in remaining 3 cups of boiling water.
  5. Cool to room temperature, the mixture will separate while cooling.
  6. Combine separated mixture by blending or whisking until smooth.
  7. Move over Martha Stewart

How to use:
Store liquid detergent in a glass bottle. Use 1/3 cup per load of laundry

 

EWG Approved Powder Laundry Detergent:

Ingredients:

  • 4 – 4 oz bars Kirk's Original Coco Castile Soap Fragrance Free (16 ounces total)
  • 4 lbs Baking Soda
  • 3. 7 lbs Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (1 box)
  • 3 lbs OxiClean Baby (1 container)

Directions:

  1. Grate Castile soap into very small bits. You can use a food processor to speed up the process.
  2. To turn the grated soap into smaller bits pulse one bar of soap with ¼-½ cup of baking soda to help the soap separate into smaller grains.
  3. Mix all ingredients in a large container and stir. 
  4. Just accept you are one of those people who makes his own laundry detergent and gives it out in mason jars as gifts during the holidays.

How To Use:
It will only take 1 or 2 tablespoons per load to get your clothing clean because there are no chemical fillers in this detergent. You: 1 Local drug store: 0

 


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