DIY Laundry Soap: only 3 ingredients to be sustainable
September 3, 2019
As mentioned in a previous post, I am trying to do my best to implement a more sustainable way of life.
In this transition, I thought it would be appropriate to consider a more sustainable alternative for laundry detergents. These detergents are a mix of chemicals that cling to fabrics in small amounts and then come into contact with our bodies.
We must also consider the impact these detergents have on the environment. Proof of this is the ban on detergents containing phosphorus (read more here). This compound, in fact, contributes to water pollution by damaging the health of watercourses. And, don’t forget the packaging, that is a problem, too. My proposals to be sustainable is DIY laundry soap 😀
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DIY Laundry Soap to be sustainable
Making your own laundry soap at home is simple and requires few ingredients. The recipe that I decided to reproduce and share with you, requires only two ingredients and half an hour of your time.
Natural soap contains surfactants that remove stains and clean clothes. If you already make your own natural soap you can use it instead to buy a new one. I wrote an article about how to make natural soap at home, you can have a look here. Washing soda, on the other hand, enhances the cleansing action.
NB: not to confuse washing soda with caustic soda! Be careful!!
DIY Laundry Soap: how to
The process is very simple.
The first thing to do is to grate the natural soap with a grater or a mixer (but don’t use those for the kitchen anymore)
Pour the grated soap and hot water into a saucepan and mix.
Then add the washing soda and dissolve over a low heat.
When all the mixture is homogeneous, let it rest for 24 hours.
After this time we will have obtained a gel that can be applied directly on the stains or in the dispenser of the washing machine.
I’ve been using this laundry detergent for a couple of months now and I find it great. It cleans and sanitises clothes without releasing potentially harmful substances into the environment or onto the clothes. You can add a few drops of essential oil to further perfume your laundry to your personal taste. Lavender or tea tree are my favourites.
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