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C and I are both sensitive to fragrances and chemicals so in an effort to reduce our exposure to these, I have been researching non-toxic and natural cleaning methods for our home and clothing.  Also, I switched our bathroom cleaners to non-toxic brands and started using a steam mop on the hardwood floors (which is an awesome piece of equipment).  If you have hardwood floors, go get yourself a steam mop.  You won’t be disappointed.

Tide has always been my favorite clothes detergent, but it is expensive even with coupons.  I used to use the powder, but since we have really hard water that does not dissolve the powder very well, I switched to liquid.  In reading about alternative cleaning methods, I found that there were many people making their own laundry detergent, either to save money or to lessen chemical exposure to I decided to give it a try. 

Since I didn’t know if C would be allergic to one of the three ingredients, I only used it to wash towels this week to test it.  So far so good!  The towels were also pretty clean, but I did notice that it did not remove some tomato sauce stains from one dishtowel, but I left out the bleach I usually use for that, also.  This “recipe” came from the website Our Greener Acres, which is full of ideas on healthier and more natural living.

(Note: This recipe is for a full batch of detergent, but I just made a half a batch to test it so the pictures won’t quite correspond with the text.)

1 bar laundry soap (I used Fels Naptha)

1/2 cup washing soda

1/2 cup borax

Water

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Start by bringing 4 cups of water to a simmer on the stove.  While the water is warming, grate the bar of soap.

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Once the water is simmering, add the soap in small batches.  Don’t put it in all at once or it will take a very long time to melt.  Once the soap is melted and the mixture is smooth, add the washing soda and borax.  Cook until dissolved.

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I saved an old Tide jug to use.  Pour this mixture into the jug and fill it up the rest of the way with warm water.  Leave a little room because you will have to shake it up to use it.  Let is set for several hours with the top off to cool.

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When I washed the towels with it, I almost couldn’t get it to pour out of the container because it was so thick but I may not have let it cool long enough before I tried it.  This detergent smelled nice but it wasn’t overpowering so I hope that it gets our clothes nice and clean because it was easy and cheap to make.  I will keep you updated on the results.

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