Yes, even fabric softener is full of toxic chemicals. I stopped using fabric softener about five years ago and now when I smell someone who's clothes have been drowned in it, it makes me gag and does not smell good to me anymore. I have found in my experience that you do not need a fabric softener anymore with this laundry detergent. The washing soda and salt take care of that. My clothes are never static-y and always soft.
Do I really need to mention the dangers of carcinogens? Carcinogens cause cancer!! Plain and simple. Why would you want them in your clothes. Or your kids clothes.
Let's get to what we need to make laundry detergent/powder. The first thing we need is washing soda. Yes you can buy washing soda but finding a cruelty free brand can be really hard. So, we will make it. It's so easy too. Using a cruelty free brand of baking soda, spread and even layer onto a baking tray and bake at 400 degrees for at least an hour. Stir every 20 minutes. This causes the alkaline and ph numbers to go up making it perfect for laundry detergent. It can no longer be used for cooking so do not use it in your food.
Borax itself is cruelty free but from what I understand it is now owned by a company that is not cruelty free. I already had a box of Borax and will use it until it's gone and figure it out later.
You will also need a laundry bar of soap. The most common bars are Zote and Fels-Naptha but they are not vegan. I learned that the hard way. Kirks Castille and Dr. Bronner's are. Personally I love the Dr. Bronner's rose scented bar. My local health food store had these on sale for like $2 so I got a bunch of them.
Here are the measurements.
2 cups Borax
2 cups washing soda
1 cup pure Epsom Salt
1 bar Dr. Bronner's Bar Soap grated
Tools needed. You will either need a grater or small blender dedicated to your soap. I found a small personal blender for $9.99 at Wal-Mart.
You will also need a container with a lid to store your detergent in along with a small scoop. Like one from medicine bottle.
Once your washing soda has cooled, mix everything together in a large bowl. Gently pour into your storage container.
Use about 1 tablespoon per load of laundry. More if laundry is really smelly and dirty.
This will last a while too so it's also a great money saver. You can easily adjust the measurements too. This is what I like. You can also double everything to make it last even longer.