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Do-it-Yourself

Laundry Soap

Everyone loves clean clothes. Unfortunately, keeping up with laundry (especially if you’ve got kids!) can be as exasperating as the mounds of dishes that seem to have no end.

 

My first attempt at making homemade laundry soap required a 5-gallon bucket, hot water, “natural soap,” washing soda, elbow grease and a very large wooden spoon. Well, I made that recipe once… I decided there had to be a better way to make safe, yet effective laundry soap. That brought me to this recipe. Today I am super-busy so I admit it, I hardly make it anymore. Fortunately, there are some really great commercial products that won’t poison you, your family or the environment.

Laundry room with the DIY Laundry Soap on display.

And when you realize just how terrible the ingredients are in your favorite cleaning product, we know you’ll think it’s a good time to go green.

 

Dangerous ingredients are commonly found in popular laundry detergents. Toxic chemicals that could be harming you and the environment. According to NaturalNews.com, laundry cleaners often contain dioxane.  At high levels, this chemical can cause severe liver and kidney damage. And it appears commercial laundry detergent is problematic to both human and environmental health.

Why pay for expensive advertising that sells you toxic, cancer-causing chemicals? (Sorry about that, I hate to be the bearer of bad news.) See how your current cleaning product rates on the toxicity scale here.

This DIY Laundry Soap costs only pennies to make. It’s effective, safe for you and your family, your pets, and won’t harm the environment like common store brands do.

Ingredients:

 

Baking soda

Large baking pan (bottom of a broiler pan works great)

Wooden spoon

Container with scoop

 

Directions:

 

Preheat oven to 400-450F.

Spread an even layer of 2-3 cups of baking soda in your baking pan

Bake for an hour stirring every 20 min (put your timer on 😊)

Your baking soda needs to reach 400F to convert to washing soda.

 

Washing soda is ready when it turns from light and fluffy (baking soda consistency) to flat and grainy. If you’re in doubt, compare the consistency of your baked washing powder to baking soda.

 

Whether you decide to make your own DIY cleaning products or purchase a safe alternative that we have carefully researched for you (companies with integrity), you can feel good knowing you’re making your home and the earth a safer place to live.

Why Are U.S. Companies Allowed to Sell Toxic Products to Consumers?

 

The U. S. Chemical Industry has a lot of buying power in Washington and in the media. With virtually no regulation of 80,000 chemicals, consumers take big risks every time they purchase an item that is not organic or ethically source (certified green in the case of cleaning products).  As more of us choose to vote with our dollars and buy safe products, the chemical companies will get the message.

Reni and Scampy at the beach, for the newsletter.

EWG Rates Popular Laundry Detergent

All Laundry and Tide Laundry

both scored an F for health; asthma/respiratory, skin allergies, developmental & reproductive toxicity, cancer, and environmental concerns.

 

 

The Environmental Working Group, in a ground-breaking initiative to uncover the truth about toxic chemicals in household products, found even some hyped as “green,” or “natural,” can inflict serious harm and present severe risks to children who may ingest, spill, or breathe their fumes.

 

To empower consumers, the 

EWG Cleaners Hall of Shame,

highlights the worst of the worst. Many of these cleaners are banned in Europe. (And very popular in America.) It is evident, European governments oversee their chemical industries and care about the safety of their citizens.

As more of us choose to vote with our dollars and buy safe products, the chemical companies will get the message. Oh, and don’t be fooled by highly advertised laundry products that claim to get your clothes “spring fresh” clean. A closer look reveals their products to be expensive, leave harmful residues and toxic to the environment.

 

Rate your cleaning product at EWG.

 

Pregnant and breastfeeding moms should be especially careful for the sake of themselves as well as their developing children.

 

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Alternative Products

For those who don’t have time to DIY, but want a product that is safe and effective, we’ve carefully chosen these socially and environmentally responsible products for you. 

 

Safe Alternatives

Rated A+ by the Environmental Working Group

Important Note: Personal care and cleaning product makers change formulations periodically. We do our best to stay abreast of any changes. Always read labels and if you should find a product that we’ve recommended yet no longer endorsed by the EWG, please contact us with details at www.edenscorner.com/contact

Thank you for partnering with Eden’s Corner to support companies with integrity. Your love and caring benefits you, the earth and future generations.

 

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“When we honor the earth, we honor ourselves.”

-L.M. Wilde

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