I’ve waited quite a few loads before attempting to dump this knowledge on you. I wanted to make sure it worked first, and the short answer is yes.
Before I go on, I’ll explain to you that I have sensitive skin and have a long history battling eczema, basically since before high school. Something about premature and formula fed babies, as well as your stress levels and what you put in your body, I’ve been told are factors to the conditions of you and your eczema. Mine was incredibly bad. Like puss, ooze-I looked like an infected zombie-bad. It would get even worse in the winter. Over the years, I started to use less scented lotions, became more aware of the ingredients in all my foods, drank tons of water and found ways to lower my stress levels. My eczema started to decrease, I oozed less and no longer had it on my arms and legs but I was still extremely itchy.
At the time, I worked at the hair salon and my hands started to slowly become worse again (and then my lungs practically gave out and I had to quit). While I was working there I met clients who would bring in their own shampoos because they were extremely conscious of ingredients like formaldehyde, sulfates etc in their shampoos and I started to take note. This was probably 8 years ago. I then went on to discover almost all clothing you buy is sprayed with formaldehyde and that laundry detergents and fabric softener contained harsh ingredients in them.
I gave up using dryer sheets, which helped and would buy “green” laundry detergent and then once I had a baby, I used only baby detergent but being the ingredient nut job I am, I still noticed the ingredients weren’t that great.
I had no idea there was any other alternative.
And honestly, I was too lazy to care. Or search. Obviously.
Because it’s taken me this long to discover that you can make your own! Basically you can make everything! Wow. So it’s been about 3 months now (I used up all my old, liquid detergent first) and I’ve been washing laundry like a pro.
Here are two laundry detergent recipes I’ve tried:
LAUNDRY DETERGENT #1:
1 part baking soda
1 part grated castile soap (an example is: Dr. Bronners)
1 tbsp washing soda (or you can use Borax)
LAUNDRY DETERGENT #2:
1 part baking soda
1 part grated castile soap
1 part home-made all purpose soap (you can find recipes online)
CURRENT LAUNDRY DETERGENT: (updated 10/08/2016)
Soap Nuts which we sell HERE.
None. I haven’t used fabric softener in more than 5 years and I don’t notice any difference in my clothes.
I use Home-made detergent and then I add white vinegar to the rinse cycle. And I live in an apartment, so basically I had to time when the rinse cycle happened and then run downstairs like a maniac.
I use about 1 tsp per load or if it’s a larger load and dirtier, 1 tbsp. My clothes are extremely clean. They aren’t “scented” but they smell clean (trust me I know, I have a baby boy) and they feel great. Best of all, I’m never itchy.
What do you do? Leave me comments below.