There are a lot of people that already have switched from single-use products like plastic bottles to reusable ones and that is a massive step towards a sustainable life. Of course, there are a lot of things a person can do to improve that lifestyle but step by step is the best way to do it.
Nowadays people have come up with a lot of eco-friendly ideas of making their own natural products in the most perfect way when it comes to reducing plastic waste and toxins. You can make your own toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, lip balm, and a lot of other products without wasting any plastic. All you have to do is a quick search on google and you will find the most amazing DIYs.
In this article, we’ll give you one of the easiest eco-friendly laundry detergent DIY recipes for you. Everyone needs laundry detergent for their clothes so it is a really important switch to reduce the plastic waste as they come in plastic bottles. It’s really easy to fall into the habit of reaching for the laundry detergent that you’ve bought and not thinking about its environmental impact. When you stop for a moment and realize what you are actually doing to the environment, that could be the moment you switch on making your own laundry detergent.
It may take a little bit of your time, but it will not be wasted time so don’t let that stop you from making your own natural laundry detergent.
Based on an amazing article written by www.lovelyearth.co we got these awesome recipes that you can read below.
First of all, while mixing up detergents (even the natural ones) it’s always recommended to wear a face mask to prevent the dust inhalation and gloves while you’re working.
Ingredients needed for powdered soap
- 1 bar of your favorite soap
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups of washing soda
- 1/4 cup of Epsom salts
- 1/2 cup powdered citric acid
- Optional: Essential oil for scents
1. Using a food grater to grate the bar of soap (Don’t worry, this is the hardest step)
2. Using a food processor, blend together the soap shavings along with the remaining ingredients with short pulses.
3. Optional: Add a few drops of essential oils to leave your washing smelling fresh and clean! If someone in your household has eczema or dermatitis, it is best to avoid any scented ingredients.
4. Pour the laundry detergent into a container with a seal-tight such as a mason jar that you will use for storage.
5. You’ll only need a small amount of laundry powder for your loads of washing. A large load should only need around 1-3 tablespoons of your eco-friendly laundry detergent to do the job.
Ingredients needed for liquid soap
- 1 bar of your favourite soap
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups of washing soda
- 1 cup of baking soda
- 1/4 cup of Epsom Salts
- 1/2 Cup of Powdered Citric Acid
- 1 Gallon (16 Cups/4L) of Water
- Optional: Essential Oils for Scents
1. Bring 4 cups of the water to the boil in a large pot and slowly add in the washing soda, baking soda, and the salt, stirring until fully dissolved.
2. Take the pot off the boil and allow the liquid to cool until it is touchable then pour into a bucket with a mark for 1 gallon/4L/16 cups.
3. Fill the bucket to the 1 gallon/4L/16 cup mark with the remaining water and add the soap a little bit at a time, stirring in between to help it dissolve.
4. Once fully dissolved, store in an airtight container and give it a good stir or shake before use each time.
5. You’ll use approximately 1/2 cup of laundry liquid per load of clothes.
Why these ingredients?
First of all, baking soda softens and brightens clothes. It also deodorizes and cleans them. Epsom salts adjust the pH of the water and help to remove the dirt. Soap is known for its power to remove the dirt at a highly successful rate. It also helps remove any greases and oils. Citric Acid helps remove stains and helps to keep the washing machine clean.
By making this awesome switch, not only you will be reducing the dangerous chemicals but you will also play a huge part in helping on reducing plastic waste and pollution.