Make Your Own Laundry Soap



How to Make Your Own Liquid Laundry Soap

DIY Laundry Soap Ingredients

 

Dangers in Your Laundry Soap

When I started learning about all the toxins that are in many of our household products I started making some changes around the house finding safe cleaning solutions without the chemical toxins. The average American home has three to ten gallons of toxic materials in the home. Toxins can be found in bathroom cleaners, body washes, shampoos, toothpaste, baby products, cosmetics, dishwasher soaps, glass cleaners, bathroom cleaners, laundry detergents, pesticides and fertilizers.  

 

Cleaning products are responsible for 10 percent of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers.

 

These toxins are not good for your health and are harmful to the environment. Before you take me for a radical environmentalists let me state that I am not one of them but I do think we should be responsible with our environment and learn about the effects of some of the products that we are washing down the drain that gets into our water supply and know the effects it has on our health and our environment.

 

What is in Your Dirty Laundry List?

Some of the health hazards from ingredients in common household products are:

  • Respiratory problems, allergies, sinus problems
  • Irritation of the eyes
  • Skin irritations, rashes
  • Developmental and reproductive toxicity, hormone disruptions
  • Carcinogens that cause mutations or cancer
  • Disruption of the endocrine system
  • Organ toxicity
  • Neurotoxicity ~ alters the normal activity of the nervous system in such a way as to cause damage to nervous tissue.
  • Ecotoxicology ~ toxic effects caused by pollutants
  • Biochemical or cellular changes
  • Gender bender properties
  • Weakening of the immune system

 

For example Phosphates: Phosphates are found in many cleaning products because they help break down dirt particles and remove stains by softening the water allowing suds to form which enhances the cleaning power. The problem is that when they get into the environment they are difficult to remove from wastewater and often end up in rivers and lakes. Phosphates increase algae growth which chokes off waterways and suffocates salmon and other aquatic life by starving them of oxygen. Even in waste water treatment plants they remain active. Phosphates act like a fertilizer causing an overgrowth of algae. When the overabundance of algae die, they release toxins that deplete the waterways of oxygen killing aquatic life. Read more about the worst ingredients in laundry detergent.

 

Some dishwasher tabs are more than 30 percent phosphates

 

Another harmful chemical is 1,4-Dioxanne which is in two-thirds of laundry detergents. Dioxanne is a major groundwater contaminant that does not break down and travels everywhere. It is found in popular shampoos, body washes, lotions, and even baby products. The National Institute of Health (NIH) confirms that 1,4-dioxanne is "reasonably expected to be a human carcinogen" based on the research to date even trace amounts of dioxanne brings cause for alarm. Some products have come under fire for poisoning consumers because the levels of dioxanne was so high in their products.

 

Laundry Soap Lable Laundry Soap Label
 Lable tries to promote what is NOT in it
Notice all ingredients are not listed

 

Another toxin to avoid is Nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE) mimics estrogen which can cause hormonal problems. When the body absorbs NPE the body cannot tell the difference from estrogen or NPE. NPE exposure can cause cancer, kidney and liver damage, decreased testicular growth, reduced sperm count, disrupted growth and metabolism, and increased mortality. Evem the most advanced water treatment plants cannot remove NPEs from waste water. In fact sewage processing can make NPE metabolites more toxic, more estrogenic, and more persistent than NPE itself.

 

“NPE pollution is likely to be at least partly responsible for a variety of odd gender bending phenomenon now being seen in aquatic species. And while human effects remain unknown, scientists believe it may be affecting people, too.”

 

A surfactant Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laueth Sulfate (SLES) Sodium lauryl sulfate is a detergent and emulsifier contained in thousands of cleaners and cosmetics products. Nearly all shampoos, scalp treatments, hair coloring and bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand sopas, and laundry detergents contain SLS or SLES. SLS can cause iritations to the skin and eyes, organ toxicity, developmental/reproductive toxicity, neurotixicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicology, and biochemical or cellular changes, possible mutations and cancer.

 

The above are just some of the harmful toxins in your laundry detergents and household products. There is no telling what toxic cocktail of other chemicals you may be exposing your family to jeopardizing their health and well being.  The average family washes approximately 80 pounds of laundry per week.  The toxic chemicals can come in contact with your clothing, towels, and bed sheets but you can breathe them into your lungs once they become air born in the process of doing laundry. Some of the potential cancer-causing chemicals the manufacturer doesn't even have to list on the label.


Here are a few more toxins to avoid: Phenols cause toxicity throughout the entire body, Optical Brighteners cause bacterial mutations and allergic reactions, and can be toxic to fish, Linear Alk; Sodium Sulfonate (LAS) AKA Anionic Surfactant, Petroleumm Distillates (AKA Napthans) linked to cancer, Phosphates, Sodium Hypochlorite (bleach), Ethylene-Diamino-Tetra-Acetate (EDTA), Artificial Frangrances linked to various toxic effects on fish and animals as well as allergic reactions in humans, Ammonia, Sodium Sulfate, Clorine, Perfumes, Dyes, Animal By-products, Polysorbate 60 and Polysorbate 80 often contained with 1,4 Dioxanne known to build up in the body over time and cause a number of unknown, unpredictable effects.

 

DIY Liquid Laundry Detergent for .02 cents per day

Price of Detergent DIY Laundry Soap Ingredients
$592.00 for a year and a half with chemicals $10.00 for a year and a half toxin free

Savings of $582.00


Do-It-Yourself Liquid Laundry Soap

 

With all of the above concerns you see why I have opted to make my own laundry detergent.  I only use three natural ingredients besides water so I know there are no harmful chemicals in my soap. I grow a garden and do not want to pump chemicals into my groundwater that might seep up through the leach field into the garden.  The total cost of the ingredients adds up to less than $10.00. The products will last me about a year and a half before I have to buy more products. So, I am doing laundry for just pennies a day.  You can buy all the products at Walmart or most any grocery store. There are no emulsifiers in this soap so you will need to shake it before each use because the products may separate while sitting on the shelf. I saved my old liquid laundry soap containers to store my homemade soap.

 

To avoid other chemicals I have learned that Hydrogen Peroxide can be used as a whitener instead of bleach. White distilled Vinegar can be used as a deodorizer and softener. I do not use commercial laundry softeners for the same reasons above.

Make Your Own Liquid Laundry Soap
 Make your own liquid laundry soap and save money

Instructions for DIY Liquid Laundry Detergent 

Ingredients:  You will find the ingredients in the laundry isle at the gocery store

  • 3.1 ounce bar of all natural soap. I use Kirk's Original Coco Castile Soap
  • 1 Cup 20 Mule Team Borax
  • 1/2 Cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

Tools:

  • 5 Gallon Bucket container, or large stock pot
  • Grater or peeler
  • Large pot
  • Long stirring spoon

Grating Soap for Laundry Soap
DIY Liquid Laundry Soap
 Grating Natural Castile Bar Soap for making Liquid Laundry Soap These are the tools I use when making my own Liquid Laundry Soap 

Instructions:

Shave soap into small strips (cheese grater or peeler works fine) and place in a pot with 5 Cups of water. Bring the water to a boil just shy of a boil and stir until the soap is completely melted. When the soap is just about melted, pour 3 gallons of hot water into the 5-gallon container along with the 5 cups of water containing the disssolved soap and let sit until the soap in the pot is totally melted. (See chart below)

Once the soap and water are thoroughly stirred, add the 1/2 Cup of washing soda and stir until dissolved. Once the washing soda is dissolved pour in the cup of Borax and stir again until dissolved. Allow to cool to room temperature.

 

Optional: Essential Oils for fragrance (Not fragrant oils!) If you like fragrant detergents. Just add a few drops of your favorite essential oils.

 

Ounces to Cup to Quarts to Gallons Chart

Since I am a visual person I needed this chart to help my figure how much water to measure into my pot for making the laundry soap above. This chart may come in handy for you for other projects so please be sure to book mark this page or website.

Ounces to Cups to Quarts to Gallons Visual
 Illustrated Liquid Measurements Chart

 

Video Demonstration ~ Making Liquid Laundry Soap

 

When you start using your own laundry detergent you will wonder why you wasted so much money on unnecessary toxic chemicals! This works great for everyday laundry, but if you have something that requires more deep cleaning read the box of Borax as it will give you ideas for this. I mix this recipe up just three times a year.

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