It amazes me the work people put into making their own laundry soap, mostly for health reasons but perhaps for saving money. Many of the recipes call for soaps that contain toxic ingredients.
FELS NAPTHA soap is one of those toxic soaps used in a great deal of the recipes online. There are so many harmful toxic ingredients in it like PEG and strong perfumes. PEG is one of the top 10 (although the list is growing) most toxic ingredients in personal care products and cleaning products. Plus, perfumes can affect the respiratory system and contain hormone disruptors. All the synthetic ingredients are meant to coat the fibers of your fabric which give you a false sense of cleanliness because they smell eternally "clean" and they can ruin the effectiveness of cloth diapers
Here are the ingredients of FELS NAPTHA: Soap (sodium tallowate*, sodium cocoate* (or) sodium palmate kernelate*, and sodium palmate*), water, talc, coconut acid*, palm acid*, tallow acid*, PEG-6 methyl ether, glycerin, sorbitol, sodium chloride, pentasodium pentetate and/or tetrasodium etidronate, titanium dioxide, fragrance, Acid Orange (CI 20170), Acid yellow 73 (ci43350).
(Remember to stay clear of ingredients that use CAPITAL LETTERS and ones with numbers after them. You never go picking for apples #5.)
If you are a "purist" and IVORY or DOVE Soap is your thing, you may want to reconsider as the ingredients aren't that safe either. Honestly, we are a product of marketing ploys that have lulled us into believing the commercials of pure white cream being poured into luxurious bars of nourishing soap. CRUNCHY BETTY blogger posts about ingredients of soaps. You should check it out here
When considering the price of Laundry soap you will need to calculate the cost per load. If you just look at the cost of the product you can be swayed to buy the cheap toxic stuff even when it isn't a better value. Many require you to use 1/4 cup (2 oz.) or more of detergent per load. It might seem like the container is cheap but if you calculate how much you need to use per load it can be expensive. Making your own healthy laundry soap is a great way to keep your family healthy and save some dollars.
Most laundry soaps are meant to coat the fibers of your fabric. Since these products contain toxic ingredients, the toxins are also coating your fabric, constantly coming in contact with your skin.Think about how many hours (or minutes) your skin is NOT in contact with clothing or bed sheets.
If you suffer from irritated skin, take a look at your laundry soap to see what is in it. You may have to call the company and see what their soap contains. Many I have called on will not even tell me what their ingredients are since they are not legally forced to. Honest. If they won't tell me what is in it then I would steer clear of it. In this day and age, if you have truly healthy products, you are going to shout it loud and proud. If you are hiding something, you are hiding something.
So if you want to start making healthy decisions about laundry soap, save yourself the trouble of finding a great recipe and get it here. Heather Dessinger of Mommypotamus has the answer.
If you use Heather's laundry recipe, here are some ingredients to purchase in bulk to save more.
Washing Soda (find it as a pool pH increaser called sodium carbonate)
Castile soap made with coconut oil for extra cleansing
Then find a good essential oil to make it smell yummy. I love grapefruit essential oil.
I've searched. And Searched. And Searched to find a laundry soap that has safe ingredients AND works. This one is it and it has a great name ;)
As far as I can tell, these ingredients are really good, too. It was founded by a woman with a touching story about what lead her to create a toxic-free laundry soap.
I was actually AMAZED by this product. It got out grimy things stuck in clothes that other "natural" and natural products didn't do. And I have looked for a long time.
I just used this SPORT version for the first few weeks to get the gunk out of my clothes so we could start the regular version below on a level playing field. Now I use it for all the sport clothes a family with 5 sons and a husband go through ;)
It was a tad more money but SOOOOO worth it.
There isn't much of a scent to it which I actually like because all scents that last are synthetic and not good for you.
So enjoy this one and let me know what you think.
If you make your own, what are some tips you can share with us?