Why not make your own laundry? You can make your own eco-friendly liquid laundry detergent at home with just a few simple ingredients. Not only are you saving money, you’re also doing something good for the environment.
Why make your own laundry?
Laundry is what we often need. If you have a family, you know the washing machine runs several times a week. It therefore costs money in terms of household expenses. You can still go to the store, but the range of products continues to grow. The need for such a large choice is probably quite debatable.
What ingredients should you use to do your laundry yourself?
Commercial, traditional detergents are rarely respectful of the skin and even less of the environment. These contain, among other things, bleach, silicone, alcohol and heavy metals. Do you really want such additives to penetrate your skin? In addition, conventional detergents stay on clothes – they are never completely removed despite rinsing and they also end up in sewers, sewage treatment plants and then in rivers. To top it off, we tend to over-dose them, which creates unnecessary costs (since higher consumption) and environmental damage.
Here is what it takes to do your laundry:
- Marseille soap
- baking soda
- some water
Admit that it doesn’t take much! If you look at the labels of modern detergents and detergents every now and then, you will often find lots of incomprehensible words: enzymes, perfumes, chemicals. Some of them are harmful to the skin and the environment: there with these few ingredients you know exactly what is in your laundry.
What do you need to do your laundry yourself?
Besides the ingredients, you need quite a few materials. Of course, to store your laundry, plan for empty containers. It can be glass bottles. Here you need it two of 1 liter each or a large container of 2 liters. To make the mixture, you will need a large bowl or salad bowl with a whisk. And if rather than buying Marseille soap shavings, you opt for a whole soap, plan a kitchen grater or a peeler to make the soap shavings yourself. Obviously, you need something to heat it all up.
What is the procedure for doing your laundry yourself?
- Step 1: Start by boiling 1.5 liters of water in a large container. And stop cooking.
- Step 2: Melt the Marseille soap shavings in water by taking your pot or casserole dish from the heat. Use a wooden spatula to mix well.
- Step 3: Mix in a small container a tablespoon of baking soda with a little water. Wait for the water and Marseille soap to cool before pouring in the water + baking soda mixture. Mix everything.
- Step 4: Wait for the mixture to cool. Stir occasionally with your wooden spoon.
- Step 5: If the resulting detergent is too thick, you can put it in a blender.
- Step 6: Divide your laundry into your two 1-liter bottles or in your 2-liter container.
- Step 7: As soon as your laundry has cooled, you can use it.
- Step 8: Remember to shake your container before each use of your laundry.
The use of homemade laundry
The detergent that you have made yourself is used in the same way as a commercial detergent. Take a small glass jar of yogurt to measure it. This is sufficient for each wash cycle. You will need more for heavily soiled laundry. Just before the wash cycle, you can add essential oil as needed. Some integrate it directly into the laundry. If there are particularly stubborn stains on your clothes, soak them in baking soda overnight. Wash as usual the next day. You can empty the soaking water into the drum of your washing machine and thus save a few liters of precious washing water.
There are many laundry recipes on the Internet, it’s up to you to experiment and find the right one for you. You can add drops of essential oil to the one described above (grapefruit, lemon, lavender, eucalyptus, etc.) or a fragrance of your choice if you want a detergent whose scent is not neutral. Some recipes recommend adding baking soda. Please note: you should not add soda to fibers such as wool and silk, as this causes them to swell. For delicate laundry, you can use Aleppo soap. There are also laundry recipes using black soap.
How about making your own fabric softener?
Who doesn’t dream of freshly washed laundry that is soft and fragrant? Unfortunately, these effects are often achieved with highly questionable commercial fabric softeners. The smells and the sweet feel are created by complex synthetic chemicals that are often difficult to break down, pollute wastewater and harm the environment. In addition, they can cause allergic reactions and respiratory illnesses, sometimes just a few days after the first skin contact. Children in particular can be sensitive to it. But, as with laundry, there are also simple, ecological and particularly inexpensive alternatives here. The simplest and at the same time effective substitute for fabric softener is white vinegar. Simply put 30 to 60 ml of vinegar in the fabric softener compartment of your machine. It softens water, disinfects and dissolves lime deposits and detergent residues from clothing fibers.