I’ve been allergic to Tide my entire life. It makes me itch and turn red. A warning sign.
When I started looking into ways to save money and the environment, laundry detergent was on my DIY list! I came across several recipes on line. With the hard well water we have, I have issues with white residue from powdered detergents. But I was finally able to make a recipe that works well for us!
You will need:
1 Bar of Castile soap
1 c. Washing Soda
1 c. Borax
You simply add the washing soda and borax together and finely grate the soap and mix it all together. For a full load, I use 2 Tbsp. being sure to turn the washer on and let some water fill in the bottom with the detergent before adding my clothes–that way I avoid and white powder stains.
Sadly, laundry detergents from stores are filled with chemicals and these can harm us and the environment. Not to mention, clothes made out of fibers such as polyester (which is plastic) come off in the wash and pollute our water supply.
Basically we are all drinking bits of plastic.
So I also try to thrift clothes that are 100% linen or organic cotton–which are hard to find because they tend to last longer than chemically made clothes. I get super excited when I find these items at thrift stores.
It’s the little things…