No one likes to do laundry. But, it is an essential chore that just has to be done at regular intervals. Using commercial detergents available in the market for washing our clothes can do more harm than good. Even after rinsing, some chemicals might cling to the fabric and could penetrate our skin. Hence, it is safer to switch to natural products as much as possible. This not only saves money, but is also good for your family and the environment.
What Is Borax?
Borax is also known as sodium borate and is a powerful cleaner. It is widely used for household cleaning and for washing laundry. But, there is much debate happening on whether borax is safe or not. When there are options available for making homemade laundry detergent without borax, why not try it?
Given Below Are 2 Simple Recipes For Making Borax Free Laundry Detergent:
Ingredients For Recipe 1:
You will need 1 bar of Castile or glycerine soap, 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup washing soda and quarter cup coarse sea salt. You will also require a grater, a small mixing bowl and airtight glass jar container.
Instructions For Recipe 1:
Finely grate the soap and take it in the bowl. Alternatively, you can also cut the soap into small pieces and blend it using a food processor in order to get a fine powder. Mix the baking soda, washing soda and salt with the grated soap. Store this mixture in the airtight container and use when necessary. You can use about 1 or 2 teaspoons per load in the washing machine.
Ingredients For Recipe 2:
This is a very simple recipe using only washing soda and soap bar. You will need 1 bar of Castile soap, 2 cups of washing soda and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. You may use a food processor or grater for grating the soap.
Instructions For Recipe 2:
Grate the soap or blend it using a food processor. Mix the washing soda with the soap and store it in an airtight container. While washing clothes, add a few teaspoons of this detergent in the machine. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil such as lemon or lavender essential oil while adding the detergent. Essential oils have antibacterial properties and they also leave your clothes smelling good.