Make your own laundry powder
Conventional laundry detergents typically contain a cocktail of hazardous chemicals that are not only harmful to human health but also contaminate waterways and harm the environment. Some of the worst offenders are: sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), nonylphenol ethoxylate and phosphates, but there are many others.
To avoid contaminating your drinking water source and your community every time you wash your clothes, you can make your own laundry powder with more natural and less harmful ingredients. It’s easy to make and less expensive than buying regular detergent.
Here is the recipe:
1 cup baking soda
1 cup washing soda
1 bar Castile soap, grated
10-15 drops essential oil (optional)
To grate the soap you can use a manual grater or use a food processor with a grater attachment. You can then pulse it with the food processor blade. If it gets stuck, you can add 1/4-1/2 cup baking soda to the food processor and that should help. Mix all ingredients together in a large container and stir.
Since there are no fillers, you don’t need to use as much in your laundry. 1-2 tablespoons will be fine. It can be used in both regular and HE machines.