Do It Yourself – a home-made eco-friendly laundry
Some time ago, I switched to home-made household products for several reasons. For the environment first of all: industrial household products are packed with chemical and toxic products… And also for economic reasons, because ultimately it costs less to make your own household products.
According to the Encyclo Ecolo-The Encyclopaedia of Sustainable Development, the impact of laundry on the environment is very damaging because our waste water is discharged to our rivers via sewage treatment plants.
Here is a list of some harmful products in our laundry that smell so good:
- Surfactants: the successors of good old soap, more efficient, but also more polluting.
- Optical brighteners used to reflect UV light so that the linen looks whiter leaving chemical residues that penetrate the skin.
- Petroleum derivatives, aromatic hydrocarbons such as benzene and toluene that are allergenic.
- Bleaching agents: percarbonate, non-harmful, and perborate, harmful to the environment.
- Softeners and complex agents in order to soften the water to increase the efficiency of the laundry. Among them are non-biodegradable substances such as phosphonates, Polycarboxylates and EDTA.
- Anti-redeposition agents, to prevent dissolved dirt in the water then redeposited on the linen, resulting in a grey colour, such as the CMC (carboxymethylcellulose).
- Solvents: these are toxic substances such as paradichlorbenzene, phenol or halogen phenols.
- Preservatives: some detergents contain formaldehyde, a substance that is known to be cancerous.
- Fragrances: many products contain musks, non-biodegradable fragrances and a real plague as it is widely used in the industry.
The so-called organic products or the European eco-label pollute less and are much more environmentally friendly but costly.
Your natural home-made Laundry detergent
The recipe is super simple, requires few products and especially basic products. It’s fast, efficient and is much cheaper than bio-industrial detergents.
To make your own natural home-made liquid laundry detergent, you will need:
- An empty and clean 2L bottle
- Solid soap (Olive Oil Marseille Soap and not Palm Oil if possible): antiseptic, stain remover
- 1L of water
- A table spoon of baking soda
- A saucepan
- Lavender essential oil (antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, nice fresh smell)
Start by grating 50 grams of soap. Boil 1 liter of water and add soap and baking soda. Mix to dissolve.
Then transfer the mixture into a 2-litre bottle. Once the mixture cools down, it bleaches, add 20 drops of lavender essential oil.
Using your home-made liquid laundry detergent
Before each use, shake the bottle well and use half a cup per machine.
We’ve been using this recipe for more than a year. Pierre-Adrien didn’t even feel the difference! 🙂
The plus of making your own laundry detergent is that it is cheaper and better for the environment, but also it reduces your plastic and you don’t need to carry heavy laundry packs anymore!
Convinced? If you try it, don’t forget to leave a comment to tell us what you think 🙂