Post-chemo, one of the things I became a fanatic about was cutting out chemicals from my life. No, no one knows what causes the type of cancer I had, but since my treatments, I have done everything in my power to ensure that if it does come back, I won’t be able to blame myself. So for me, that includes soaps, bug spray, medicines, cleaners, fertilizers, etc. If there is a natural way to do it instead of automatically going to chemicals, I have sought it out.
Now I make all of my cleaners, including all purpose cleaner, window spray, granite cleaner, laundry soap, etc. The only one I haven’t been able to find a good substitute for is dishwashing detergent but trust me I am looking. This post will be part one in a series of the cleaning products I am currently using and I am very happy with the results of.
The recipe I use for laundry soap is dry – I don’t know about you, but trying to find space to store mass quantities of liquid in my house with three kids is precarious at best and a disaster at its worst. The recipe is pretty simple – just 3 ingredients. It is low sud so it does work in HE washers.
- One bar Fels Naptha soap, grated
- One cup Borax
- One cup Washing Soda
I’m a little extreme, so I made an extreme batch – I used 10 bars of soap, 10 cups of borax, and 10 cups of washing soda, mixed it all up and then put it in a pretty glass jar with a pretty label in the laundry room. I have no idea how long it will last. For my family of 5, I’ve been using this batch since July (so over 6 months now) and I’m still not halfway through it… so I’m hoping if I make up this much at a time, making laundry soap will be a annual event. I use one tablespoon per load and I am very happy with the results.
The only issue I would mention is there is no smell. This doesn’t bother me – if my clothes are clean, they don’t need to smell good – but I know some people prefer that their clothes have a scent. I don’t use fabric softener or dryer sheets (again, the crazy fanatic no chemicals thing) but I’m working on a way to use essential oils to scent my clothes in the dryer (so far, I haven’t had any luck but I’m not giving up yet).