Did you know most laundry detergent and fabric softeners are toxic? Laundry detergent contains carcinogens that have been known to cause at least the following. Brain toxicity, nervous system issues, liver and kidney disease, hormone disruption, immunity malfunctions and respitory failure. Fabric softeners and sheets also have carcinogens that have been linked to cancer and other health issues. So why do people keep using them????!!!! I stopped using fabric softener about three years ago and now and I can't stand the smell of it on anyone. Makes me gag like they sprayed to much perfume on themselves. I also started making my own laundry detergent which is way better for everyone all around including the earth. Here is an easy recipe that I got from a friend of mine #It'sjustAngie who also uses it. It is way less expensive too. You only need 1 - 2 tablespoons per load of laundry. It lasts a long time and is said to work great with HE washers. I personally do not know about the HE washers because I do not have one.
One or two bars of your favorite laundry soap. I've used Zote and loved it. I've used Fels Napta and really didn't care for it. I will be using #Dr.Bronner's bar soap next. If you use Zote, you will only need one bar. Anything else you will probably need two bars.
Here's the recipe:
1 4lb 12 oz box of Borax
1 3lb 7oz box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 4lb box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
1 3lb container of Oxyclean
1 or 2 bars of your favorite laundry bars
1 large glass container to store it in
The hardest part about the entire recipe is grating the soap. Find a grater that you will always use for your soap and mark it soap so you will have it for only that purpose. Grate the soap in a large container and mix everything above.
Everything should cost you less than $30 and your new detergent should last 6 months to a year depending on how big or small your family is.