From the Happy Homesteading sections in the RidgeCrest Herbals 2017 Almanac.
Some of the most dangerous chemicals in our homes reside in our laundry room, but there are great natural alternatives out there! Try these great non-toxic recipes to get your clothes clean:
POWDERED LAUNDRY SOAP:
1 3lb. 7 oz. box of Super Washing Soda
1 4lb. box of Baking Soda
4 bars of Kirk's Original Fragrance Free Coco Castile Soap, grated
1 container of OxyClean Baby or OxyClean Free
20 - 30 drops of your favorite essential oil (Lavender is a lovely choice)
Mix all ingredients together SLOWLY (not to make a mess or inhale the mixture) in a big bowl or kitchen mixer (use mixers/food processors at your own risk), make sure to stir well while adding essential oils to prevent clumping. Store in an airtight container to prevent moisture from hardening your powder.
Use 1 - 2 TBSP's per load, no more!
NATURAL FABRIC SOFTENER:
Mix 20 - 30 drops of your favorite essential oil with 1 quart of white vinegar, and store in an airtight bottle. Be sure to shake your bottle before adding 1/4 to 1/2 cup to your fabric softener spout or ball for each load.
NON-TOXIC DRYER SOFTENING:
Use 4 to 6 wool dryer balls to reduce static cling and maximize your vinegar rinse, as well as reduce your drying time.