I posted a recipe for homemade liquid laundry detergent a few months back and received a few negative comments regarding the use of the Fels-naptha bar soap. I did a little research and it does seem that there are some environmental concerns involved with the ingredients of the soap, one ingredient being titanium dioxide which is known to contaminate the lakes, oceans and cause harm to wildlife. I was a little bummed out to read this because I have had such great luck with my detergent, but I decided to seek out a more natural recipe. I went to our health food store in town and picked up a bar of Dr. Bronners All-One Hemp Citrus Orange bar soap. Made with certified fair trade and organic ingredients, I was not able to find anything concerning the safety of this product and smells SO yummy! I am head over heels for this recipe and it always feels good to know you're using a safe product!
1/2 cup borax
1/2 cup washing soda
1/3 bar Dr. Bronner All-One Bar Soap
|Using a cheese grater, grate 1/3 of your Dr. Bronner soap bar|
|Add 4 cups of water and your Dr. Bronner soap shavings to a medium pot and heat until soap has dissolved.|
|Heat and stir until the borax and washing soda have dissolved.|
|In a large bucket, add 1 gallon of warm water|
|Add your soap/borax/washing soda mixture to your bucket of water|
|Stir and allow to rest overnight|
|Using a funnel, pour your Dr. Bronner liquid laundry detergent into an empty container (make sure you ask your friends and family to save their empty detergent containers!)|
Use 1/2 cup of detergent per load and enjoy!
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