DIY Diaries: 3 Non-Toxic Laundry Washes (Real Cheap)

natural detergentWhen you think about switching to a greener lifestyle, you may find it difficult to find eco-friendly products that will work for you and are also budget-friendly. But if you really want to give natural living a shot, there are some very easy tips and tricks you can try at home that will not take much time and will also be easy on the budget.

Most laundry washes you buy from the store are harsh on the clothes and on the skin (even if they may say otherwise). Also, some of the ingredients are often toxic and can lead to various allergies and such. Here are three different recipes for your DIY laundry wash that are gentle on the hands and clothes and are also budget-friendly.

1. Liquid Laundry Soap – Grate an unscented and natural bar soap. Mix two liters of water and the grated soap in a pan and heat it slowly. Keep stirring so that it mixes well. Fill an empty water drum or a large empty bucket with very hot water (leave some space at the top). Mix two cups borax (you can buy it online on Amazon) and two cups washing soda (also known as sodium carbonate or soda ash) in the bucket and mix till it dissolves. Add the soap mix you made earlier and mix well. Cover the bucket and leave overnight. Transfer it to empty containers and use half a cup to a cup of the same for each washing load.

2. Powdered Laundry Detergent – Take three bars of natural and unscented soap and add to six cups of washing soda. Grate it to make a fine powder. Let the mix settle down before opening, and store in any empty container. To use, add the required amount to the load and add about three to five drops of any essential oil of your choice (if you want a natural fragrance).

3. Liquid Laundry Detergent – Add six cups of water in a pan and as it starts to boil, remove from heat. Add a cup each of borax and washing soda and mix to dissolve. Pour 11 cups of water in a large bucket and mix a cup of homemade liquid soap (DIY recipe in the first point). You can also add about 10 to 15 drops of any essential oil of your choice if you wish to. Add the hot borax and soda mix and stir properly. Transfer it to any empty glass container and let it set into a gel-like consistency. To use, take about 1/8 th to 1/4 th cup of the soap for each load.

You can try any of the three options above to start your own green cleaning routine at home. And don’t forget to share pictures of how you are on your way to saving the planet. After all, we want to show off our proud planet savers to our readers too!

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