When transitioning to a more zero waste, all natural lifestyle, people tend to start making their own everyday items, instead of purchasing them in plastic packaging. One of the items I was keen on making was my own laundry detergent. Every time I went and purchased one of those huge plastic containers of detergent, I cringed.
How do you choose your laundry detergent? Do you make your own own? Do you buy an eco-friendly detergent in recyclable material? There are so many options to choose from!
The recipe I use includes ingredients that can be bought in bulk or in compostable packaging! Whats not to love about that?!
This recipe includes 4 easy ingredients:
- 1 4oz. Castile soap bar (I choose Lavender Scent)
- 1lb of baking soda
- 3.5lb washing soda
- (Optional) 10-30 drops of your favorite essential oil
All you have to do is grate the Castile soap bar, then mix all of the ingredients together in a large container.
Use 1 TBSP per load or 2 TBSP per load if very dirty or soiled.
Each of these ingredients are safe to use, completely non-toxic and great for people with sensitive skin! In addition to being very easy to make and 100% chemical-free, this laundry detergent recipe is extremely inexpensive. The cost per load is only around $0.01 per load. You can't beat that!
Now let's talk about this yellow-colored ball. That is the amazing Coraball. The Coraball is an
easy-to-use laundry ball that catches microfibers shedding off our clothes in the washer. All you have to do is throw it in your washer and it will do the rest! Once the wash is done, you can pick the fibers off of the ball and dispose of them properly.
Every time we do laundry, our clothes shed tiny, unseen microfibers (mostly plastic or other synthetic materials), which go down the drains of our washing machines and immediately into our waterways. Trillions of these tiny fibers wash into the ocean, every day. Most filters do not catch these fibers, because they are so small.
- Skip the dryer when you can. Smooth out wrinkles when wash is done, then simply hang your items to dry outside or on a rack.
- Spot clean stains whenever possible, It will save water and reduce your laundry amount.
- Fold items right away after laundering so they don’t sit and get wrinkled.
- Choose natural fibers whenever possible, they tend to wrinkle less.
- If your clothes don't actually smell or have a stain, wear them again (or a few more times) before washing