Chemical Free Detergent
Getting out stains and hard-to-remove foods and liquids from your clothes is often a matter of which brand detergent you use from the store. Making sure they’re safe and non-toxic is a whole other matter if you want to remove them using DIY nontoxic laundry detergent recipes you can make at home.
WHAT CAN I USE IF I HAVE NO LAUNDRY DETERGENT?
Despite what the commercials all say, you can’t trust that a brand-name detergent is going to do all the work for you. Most clothes-washing soaps and detergents will remove built-up oils and smells that you want gone, but the stains are another problem since they’re deep in the clothing fiber. Rather than going to the store to rely on some product that can make your skin itch or have allergic reactions, it’s often better to use what’s safe for your skin.
Back in the old days when there weren’t clothes washing machines, clothes were cleaned by hand using simple all-natural products. These commonly included soaking clothes in a solution of soapy water for at least 24 hours. You might have seen a scrubbing washboard board before that’s typically used in old-fashioned country bands. This further helped to agitate the clothing to loosen and clean out hard-to-remove grit and grime.
More often than not they used soda ash that comes from ordinary salt. This was later combined with animal fats to create a soapy detergent that could clean clothes as early as the 1850s. It came in a solid bar (Just like hand soap), and was added to water and scrubbed onto clothing. Small scrubbing brushes further loosened stains from tough to reach spots but the word was always laborious and could take a whole day to do a few loads!
You would be surprised that Ivory bar hand soap is the easiest laundry soap to use if you have nothing else to use at home.
HOW DO YOUR REMOVE TOUGH STAINS?
Clothing stains are a real science since different foods will change the color of fabrics by getting into any type of colored cotton. They often say that certain types of stains can be removed using simple science, but who has time to pull off a Breaking Bad moment when you spill some wine on your favorite shirt or blouse? Don’t think about grabbing the sparkling water just yet, since there’s another fool-proof trick that works better.
When you want to remove a tough stain the best method is to treat the stain as soon as it happens. Fill up a tub of room temperature water right away. Go to the kitchen and take equal parts of baking soda and white vinegar. Make a paste from this by adjusting the amount of baking soda.
This delivers an active oxygen compound when the vinegar reacts with the baking soda.
Apply this to the stained area and rub it all through the spot where the stain is located. Rinse this under cool water a couple of times and repeat this action until you have removed a majority of that stain from your clothes. Then you add the remainder of your baking soda and vinegar mix to the water or at least cup per 1 gallon of water. Now you let this sit overnight and let the clothing sit overnight.
These kind of DIY nontoxic laundry detergent recipes are one of the oldest that works the best at ultra stubborn stains. No matter how tough the stain might be, commercial detergents usually don’t work as well as the natural ones you make at home.
DO HOMEMADE LAUNDRY DETERGENTS WORK?
We’ve come to expect laundry detergents to work because the commercials and advertising say they do. But the whole truth in advertising is usually subjective if you’re thinking about general cleaning expectations. Homemade detergents work just as good as the store brand versions do, except the cost of what you spend is usually one-quarter of what name brand detergents are costing.
If you’re on a budget and have a lot of laundry loads to do, this will often allow some creative people to use alternative DIY detergents that work better than the store brands. Since laundry machines will do most of the work for you, all you need is the right homemade formula to get the best results. It all depends on the type of fabric you’re cleaning and the results you want to achieve for cleaning.
WHAT IS THE EASIEST HOMEMADE DETERGENT TO MAKE?
If you’re the slightest bit skeptical about getting a great tip on DIY nontoxic laundry detergent recipes, don’t worry about a thing. These ingredients are 100% hypoallergenic and will be enough to last you 30 wash loads! You can find most of these items at the supermarket and more often at the Dollar Store likewise. Not only do you get great results with this recipe, your clothes will be very clean and also smell great.
- 1 bar Fels-Naptha laundry soap (grated on a cheese grater)
- 3 cups of Borax (Detergent Booster)
- 2 cups of Arm & Hammer washing soda
- cup of Arm & Hammer baking soda
- 4 cups of Oxygen Bleach powder
- 1 cup of Epsom salt with essential oil drops added (to scent the salt)
Mix all of these ingredients in a large empty glass jug you can cover later with a lid. The bar soap only needs to have small enough chips that can dissolve in your washer. When you mix your Epsom salt, this is scented with any kind of smell you enjoy the most. You only need 10 drops of essential oil added per cup and nothing more. Epsom salt is commonly used to soften water in the bath so imagine how it makes your clothes feel on your skin?
Altogether, these ingredients contain the essential compounds that will clean, remove stains, soften and make your clothes smell very clean. They’ll help whiten your clothes if you only use whites in the wash, but work wonders with colored clothing blends as well. Use a single cup per regular washing load. This recipe will roughly cost you around $10 if you shop around aside from what 30 loads of commercial detergent will cost for 12Lbs. of washing detergent! Brand name bags will cost you nearly 4x the amount for the same quantity.