I know what you’re thinking, back to back laundry posts? Well, I promised you all I would post my fabric softener recipe when I shared my 2 ingredient laundry detergent recipe last Friday. If you have not checked that one out now is your chance! They are so simple you can make both all in one day. This recipe includes 3 common household ingredients you probably already have laying around. 2 cups of epsom salt, 1/2 cup baking soda, and 20 drops of essential oil of your choice. I am going with lavender essential oil to match with the bar soap I used in my detergent. Just mix the ingredients all together and store away until laundry day. When that day comes, toss in 1 tbsp per medium size load.
- 2 cups epsom salt
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 25 drops of essential oil of your choice
***Just a quick disclaimer if you are just making the switch from commercial detergents to natural or homemade detergents. Your clothes WILL definitely come out fresh, clean, and soft but the scent will not be as strong as detergents you may be used to purchasing in stores. This is a good thing I swear!! You always want to avoid synthetic fragrances, they contain phthalates. Phthalates are hormone disrupters, may cause headaches, asthma-like symptoms and are really toxic to aquatic organisms. Fragranced products can also release volatile organic compounds in to the air. VOCs are known for being hazardous air pollutants. Who even wants to walk around smelling like a green apple or spring air anyway???
Ever wonder how many toxic chemicals are hiding in your laundry detergent? Is it laundry day? Well, I got you covered with this non-toxic two ingredient laundry detergent recipe. My dear friend Dayna shared this recipe with me a couple years back and I am so thankful for it. This laundry soap works great! It’s all natural, cost efficient, and packagings for both products are recyclable so it is zero waste on your end. For this recipe you will need one bar of Dr. Bronner’s soap castile hemp of your choice, (I always choose lavender) and one box of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda. Some additional items you will need —besides your ingredients— is a grater, scoop, and a container that will hold about 6-7 cups.
This recipe is two easy steps that will only take about five minutes of your day. First, Scoop 4 cups of washing soda into your container. Next, finely grate the entire bar of Dr. Bronner’s. Lastly, mix the two together and start a load of laundry! For a medium size load of laundry I use about 2 tablespoons. So if you have a small or larger load just add or subtract a tablespoon.
I have worked out the cost I paid pre-tax and based this on medium sized loads. The total of this non-toxic all natural laundry detergent comes out to $5.64 for 80 tablespoons. This will last me 40 loads at about .14 cents per load.
Next week, I will make and talk about fabric softener that is only 3 natural ingredients so keep your eye out for that. The specific reason I keep the detergent and the softener separate rather than tossing all the ingredients into one big container is because if you have a dishwasher the laundry detergent we just made can double as dishwasher detergent by using just 1 tablespoon.
- 4 cups of Arm & Hammer washing soda
- 1 bar of Dr. Bronner’s castile soap
** This is a conscious consumer side note:
Dr. Bronner’s brand is one of my favorites for so many reasons. Throughout the years they have stayed true to their brand and costumers, making good quality products with integrity. Their soaps are organic, non-gmo, vegan, kosher, not tested on animals, and fair trade! The company as a whole treats the earth with such respect by being involved in soil enrichment, tree planting, and organic farming projects. Also, the facility is in the process of installing solar panels to reduce energy consumption. They only use recycled materials to make their plastic bottles for liquid soaps and are well on their way to reaching their goal of reducing waste to one dumpster a month. I truly support all of their efforts!
Yes, you read right, only 3 ingredients! Vinegar, orange peels, and water. Vinegar being the main ingredient is such an inexpensive and non-toxic alternative to multipurpose cleaners. It is used very often in my home due to its effectiveness and versatility. With that being said, we all know vinegar does not smell the best by itself. The orange peels really help with a clean, fresh citrus scent.
I made breakfast smoothies for my family over the weekend and had peels from two oranges left over. In the event you have peels from lemons and limes, feel free to throw them in. The batch you make is subjective to the amount of peels you have left over. Good rule of thumb, is a 1:1 ratio, one cup of vinegar per one medium-sized orange. The batch pictured is two cups of vinegar and peels from two oranges.
This recipe does require some patience, the peels will need to soak in the vinegar for 2 weeks. After your peels have soaked, strain the vinegar into your reusable cleaning bottle. I use old recycled glass kombucha bottles that I purchased a spray top for. But you can use whatever works best for you.
Now, it is time to dilute your orange infused vinegar with water, the amount of water depending on the size batch you make but always 50/50, water to vinegar. If you soaked two cups of vinegar then add two cups of water to your batch. Once you have soaked, strained and diluted your vinegar you are ready to start spring cleaning.
2 cups white distilled vinegar
2 cups water
Peels from 2 oranges