We are continuing our quest for a toxic chemical-free home this week. The deodorant that we made last week continues to do a fabulous job for all of us. If you have not tried making your own, I recommend the recipe here. However, if that one doesn't work for you, there are several more out there on the internet that you could use.
This weekend, I mixed up the following recipe. Because I am always a skeptic, I only made a half-batch. After several loads of successful laundering, I will be mixing up a DOUBLE-batch in the next few days. It has worked very well for us.
2 cups Borax
2 cups washing soda
1 bar unscented castile soap, grated
I still cannot find washing soda, so I used regular baking soda. It's working fine.
Instead of grating the whole bar of soap, you could chop it up into small pieces and pulse it in your food processor. I put all the ingredients in a storage container with a lid and gave it a good shake. I have been using 2 tablespoons for large loads, and that seems to be enough.
If you are trying to eliminate harmful chemicals from your home, I suggest that you give this a try. Everyone in your family wears clothes next to their skin or sleeps in sheets washed in laundry detergent every day. So, what you use does matter.
I recommend checking out this post at oursimplefarm.com and this post at theselfsufficienthomeacre.com for great ideas and inspiration.