Home Made Laundry Detergent for Sensitive Skin
About 7 years ago, we started making homemade laundry detergents. Since then, we have tried many recipes for different types of laundry. In this post, I will share with you two easy recipes for sensitive skin and for mild washing cycles.
Why bother making homemade laundry detergent?
The answer to that is easy: It’s cheaper, non-toxic, non-irritating, and environment-friendly.
Did you know that the toxins and perfumes used in store-bought laundry detergents cause many allergic reactions in people? These include skin irritations and rashes, migraines, cancer, and other neurological problems! Studies show that nearly all laundry detergents contain toxic ingredients of various degrees, some of which are not safe for humans at any amount! An estimated 10% of our population becomes ill due to exposure to laundry detergents.
I personally used to be one of these people. Ever since I was a little child, I had allergies caused by laundry detergents. I used to suffer from severe dermatitis and extremely dry skin. Sometimes, patches of skin were so irritated that I constantly scratched them until they bled. I also suffered from frequent headaches and migraines up until my teenage years. It was then that our family naturopath discovered the cause of my condition, and so we turned to a natural laundry detergent. My skin healed and I have not had any issues with it ever since – neither with migraines or frequent headaches. Had my parents known how to make homemade laundry detergent, I believe they would have made it, too.
We started making homemade laundry soap years ago, because buying organic bio-gradable laundry soap was quite an expense back then. We were living on a budget and looking into saving some money without compromising the quality of our laundry detergent.
#1 Yields 8 Gallons Homemade Laundry Soap – Use 1 Cup Per Load
What you need:
7-8 gallons hot water
1 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
1 bar Soap (don’t use scented soap like Dove or glycerine soap! You can use Ivory soap bars, Castille Soap bars or Grandma’s Lye Soap)
All above listed ingredients can be found at Walmart and HEB.
- Grate the bar soap and add to a large saucepan with hot water (about 3 cups).
- Stir over medium-low heat until the soap dissolves and is completely melted. Don’t stir too much, otherwise you will end up with a lot of foam.
- Fill a 10 gallon bucket half-full with hot water.
- Add the melted soap, Borax and washing soda.
- Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Top the pail with another 2-3 gallons of hot water.
Use 1 cup per normal size load, stirring the soap before each use (will turn into gel).
TIP: I often use old water or juice bottles with a rather wide opening to fill my freshly made laundry detergent in. Before each use I shake the bottle well.
#2 Yields 2.5 Gallons Homemade Laundry Detergent – Use 1/2 Cup Per Load
What you need:
2.5 gallons hot water
1 bar grated natural, unscented soap (see above for more information)
1 cup washing soda
- In a large saucepan add grated soap and enough hot water to cover.
- Heat over medium-low heat and stir until soap is melted.
- Fill a large bucket with 2.5 gallons of hot water.
- Add hot soap mixture and stir until well mixed.
- The add the Washing Soda, again stirring until well mixed. Set aside to cool.
Use 1/2 cup per normal load, stirring (or shaking) well before each use (will gel).