View Full Version : "natural" laundry detergent
09-17-2008, 09:27 AM
i'm searching for something to wash my clothes in naturally. i think this is the next step for me...after having gone raw i also stopped using generic (toxic) lotion, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, facewash, etc. etc...but i have yet to change my laundry detergent. what do you use?
09-17-2008, 09:38 AM
I use soap nuts. Love them. I can get four loads out of four soap nuts. You put them in a little canvas bag that's provided. My clothes are really, really clean!!!
I have seen in local health food stores something called soap nuts. I have always wanted to try them. Some day I will. They look like an interesting
09-17-2008, 10:07 AM
veganforlife--thanks for the info!!
09-17-2008, 05:07 PM
I am using this at the moment.
I did use magnets for a while but they have lost their magnetism.
09-22-2008, 12:53 PM
I just made this detergent, and it works great!
Ingredients: 1/3 bar Fels Naptha, grated; 3 pints of water; 1/2 cup washing soda; 1/2 cup borax; 1 quart water; More water to create 2 gallons.
Directions: Cook grated Fels Naptha in 3 pints of water until the bar is dissolved. Add 1/2 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup borax and boil for 15 minutes stirring frequently.
To a two gallon jar or bucket, add 1 qt hot water as well as the soap mixture, stir well. Then add enough water to equal 2 gallons. Let cure for 24 hours. Stir before using. There will be some separation. Use 1/2 c per load of wash. This comes out to cost something like a few cents a wash.
I found the fels naptha and borax in stores, but I had to order the washing soda online. Fels naptha is actually petroleum based, but it's only a small amount, and I still think this recipe is more environmentally friendly than a lot of "natural" laundry detergents.
Hey gs4life, Is it easy to be a raw foodist in Madrid. Is there lots of fresh, organic produce? Are there any raw food restaruants? Or even vegan restaurants?
Crazy Healer Lady
09-23-2008, 12:13 AM
Seventh Generation sells amazing laundry detergent, dish soap, etc. I use the very large HE detergent spiked with about 1 cup Orange TKO (which could be used on its own, BTW!) and my clothes come out smelling great, clean, and if you add some tea tree oil in, you can get rid of those bad smells from men's socks (meat-eating labour worker) and any clothes that have inadvertantly been left in a pile wet (towels, dishcloths, etc). This is my method, and it works great, even though I don't have an HE washer. Only a little goes a great long way!
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