All Natural Cleaning Supplies

Green Your Laundry

The laundry is often a difficult part of the house in which to get organic, but we have some recommended all natural cleaning supplies from leading green companies as well as a couple of simple and natural laundry detergents that you can make yourself. First let's look at some of the nasties in store bought laundry detergents...

All natural cleaning supplies and drying your washing naturally in the sun will help for allergy sufferers.

Chemicals Contained
Contain petroleum-based products, bleach, brightners, pH adjusters and fragrances.

Can irritate lungs, leave residues on clothes that then transfer and are absorbed through the skin, often not suitable for grey water usage around the home because of high levels of phosphates or salt.

Natural Options
Planet Ark produce a detergent which is phospahate free and low in salt so that it can be used as grey water on gardens without affecting salt-sensitive plants. It is also suitable whether you have a front or top loader machine and in hot or cold water.Cheaper if you buy in bulk, see the Planet Ark Website.

Herbon also produce a range of kitchen and laundry cleaners made from all-natural ingredients that are 100% biodegradable and are allergy free.
You can purchase them online at The Environment Shop or in Australia at your local health food store.

If you want to make your own detergent it takes a teeny bit of elbow grease but here's two different recipes-

Homemade Detergent Recipe 1 (Gel)
Grate 1 bar of pure soap (like Velvet soap which is made from vegetable oils)
1/3 cup washing soda (also known as sodium carbonate or 'lectric' soda). It comes in a powdered crystal form.

Dissolve both in a bucket of hot water and fill to the top. It will set to a soft gel. Use 2-3 cups per wash.

Homemade Detergent Recipe 2 (powder)
Approximately half a bar of pure soap, grated into flakes
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda

Mix together and keep in closed container- it is more of a powdered detergent. Use one tablespoon per load.

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