The Best Natural Laundry Detergent

Wanna Know The Best Natural Laundry Detergent?

Well, I gotta tell ya – the best natural laundry detergent is one you make yourself – in the privacy of your own home!

Why, you ask?  What’s wrong with store-bought detergents?

Read on – and be not only amazed – but audaciously informed!

 

Categories Of Chemicals

The basic breakdown of the different types of chemicals shows that half of the chemicals are “builders” – 15% are surfactants – followed by 7% bleach – 2% enzymes – and a host of other nefarious compounds – optical brighteners, dye inhibitors, fragrances, etc. – that make up the remaining 26%.

Many chemicals in laundry detergent are toxic substances.

My worry is that there are way too many of these chemicals that are known – or suspected – carcinogens.  That knowledge alone makes it just too crazy to even think of using them – in any way, shape, or form!

 

Builders (50%)

Hard water can be found in water wells.

These are water softeners designed to remove the “hard water” ions from any water that contains excessive amounts of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, etc.  Without these “builders”, cleaning clothes is much less effective – leaving dirt that could have been removed if the water had been softer.

Washing soda – also known as sodium carbonate – was one of the first natural and safe “builders.”

But, in the early twentieth century, phosphates were introduced – only to find out later that they had grave – and sometimes catastrophic – effects on living creatures and their environments.  Phosphate-free chemicals were then introduced that minimized – not eliminated – the harm to the people and environments.

Most water is “soft” – in North America – and, in a few developed countries in South America, like Brazil.  Even Japan has soft water.  But, many folks in the U.S.A. – who get their water from their own wells experience hard water conditions – just as the Europeans do –as well as much of South America – and, also, some Asian countries.

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Surfactants (15%)

Special ionic surfactants - anionic and non-ionic - loosen dirt in clothes.

Anionic and non-ionic surfactants emulsify and absorb soil from clothes – transferring them into the wash water.  In addition, these two surfactants reduce water surface tension – making it easier for the water to soak into clothes.

They are the modern bedrock for the overall cleaning performance of any laundry detergent.  Before the introduction of chemical surfactants in the 1950s, “soap” was actually used to clean clothes.  Woulda thunk it?  Back in the day, they were actually using soap to clean clothes!  What an idea!

Benzene based chemicals are known carcinogens and were used as surfactants for 30 years – until the introduction of the more benign akyl sulfates in the 1980s.

The good news?

Contrary to popular belief, akyl sulfates – by themselves – are not carcinogenic.

Akyl sulfates are easily contaminated by 1,4-dioxane - a carcinogen.

The bad news about akyl sulfates?

They can irritate the skin, scalp, eyes, and lungs.  They are prone to being contaminated during the manufacturing process by 1,4-dioxane – which is a suspected carcinogen.

Non-ionic surfactants such as alcohol ethoxylates – have been used for almost half a century – but, as luck would have it – a byproduct of the ethoxylation process is that ever present “cancer causing” carcinogen – 1,4-dioxane – rearing its ugly head again.

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Bleach (7%)

Most brand name laundry detergents contain bleach.

Modern day laundry detergent manufacturers throw in either sodium perborate or sodium percarbonate to help bleach out tough stains.

In miniscule quantities, these two substances are not harmful.  But, over time, exposure to moderately high levels can result in some nasty consequences.

High concentrations of sodium perborate can cause chemical burns in the mouth leading to premature receding of gums.  Animal studies conclude that it can and will cause developmental and reproductive problems in animals – which means the same thing can most likely happen in humans.

Over exposure to sodium percarbonate can lead to severe eye irritation – and even blindness.  Repeated or prolonged exposure can result in sore throat, nose bleeds, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain – and, possibly diarrhea.

TAED (tetraacetylethylenediamine) is another bleaching agent.  In and of itself, it is non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-threatening to the environment.

However, TAED will react with any hydrogen peroxide related chemicals in the laundry detergent and produce peracetic acid – which is corrosive – and an eye irritant.  Peracetic acid also affects the mucous membranes of the human respiratory tract when the lungs are exposed to low concentrations as small as 15.6 milligrams for no more than 3 minutes time!

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Enzymes (2%)

Enzymes are beneficial to removing protein-based stains.

The practice of using enzymes to remove stains – created from proteins, fats, starch, or cellulose (plant-based) – out of clothes – has been around for over a hundred years.  Different types of enzymes are necessary – depending on the type of stain you’re trying to remove.

Since enzymes are all basically proteins, they can bring on mild-to-severe allergic reactions – especially, if inhaled as detergent dust or through skin contact.  Additional exposures will increase the severity – growing in danger and, possibly reaching a fatal stage.

Protease aids in the removal of animal based stains like blood.

Protease removes protein stains.  Though protein enzymes have been safe, historically, they can irritate the skin, the eyes, and the respiratory tract.

Lipases eliminate fat and grease stains.  They irritate the skin.  They can cause serious eye irritation.  They can damage fertility and the unborn child.  Lipases can also be responsible for respiratory irritation, drowsiness, dizziness – and trigger damage to internal organs through recurring and long-drawn-out contact.

Amylases take out starchy stains.  Believe it or not – I don’t have anything specifically negative to say about amylases – other than they are still protein enzymes that can bring about allergic reactions if inhaled or by direct contact with your skin.

Cellulases get rid of plant stains.  Other than causing allergic reactions to the skin or lung irritation through inhalation, cellulases are mostly safe.

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Other Compounds (26%)

A plethora of other chemicals get loaded into laundry detergents by manufacturers.  Many of them are considered “trade secrets” – which allow the makers of the products to keep them “anonymous.”

But, an overview of a few of them yields some thought provoking insight:

Optical brighteners can make whites and colors more vivid.

Optical Brighteners – They don’t really remove any stains, they just “brighten” the colors so that the clothes look fresher and newer.  But, they can cause skin reactions in some folks upon contact.  Plus, they can pose a danger to aquatic life if they get into the watershed.

Dye Inhibitors – These bad boys are in our laundry detergent to aid in the prevention of one article of clothing being “color stained” with an article of another piece of clothing that is in a different color.

Dye inhibitors sound tame – since they are just trying to keep clothing from getting splotched all over with a different – yet unwelcome – color.  However, the compound chemical carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) is normally used as the “dye transfer inhibitor” in laundry detergent.  Though severe reactions to CMC are rare, they do exist – and, there have been reported cases of people suffering anaphylaxis after contacting clothing or laundry detergent containing CMC.

Fragrance / perfum / synthetic fragrance - makes clothes smell like roses.

Fragrances / Perfum – Synthetic perfumes are added to detract from the disagreeable smell of laundry detergents and other cleaning products.  They also can mask some odors in clean clothes that linger after washing.  Many of these synthetic perfumes – or fragrances – are derived from human fat – or, milk – as well as water – and sediments found in lakes and river bottoms.  But, fragrances are actually contaminants that can cause health and ecological problems for both humans and animals.

If you’re going to use store-bought laundry detergent, I heartily recommend avoiding any that have added “fragrance” or “perfum” or “perfume” or “scent” – because, a study found that when clothes containing these synthetic chemicals are run through the dryer, 25 VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are expelled through the dryer vents.  And, a couple of these chemicals are classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as cancer-causing carcinogens that do not have a stated “safe exposure level” – which means they are unsafe at ANY exposure level!

These chemicals stream out of dryer vents to pollute the air – and, they contaminate the watershed when they go down the drain.

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Which Brands Of Laundry Detergents Contain Dangerous Chemicals?

They all do.  It doesn’t matter which brand you buy – everyone single last one of them – including the most popular ones – Tide, Cheer, Gain, Persil, and Purex.  Take a look at this cross-reference chart showing just the tip of the iceberg – 30 hazardous chemicals – and which laundry detergent manufacturers use them in their products.

Click on any of these unsafe substances to view their warning details – complete with links to studies and sources.  If you’d rather just move past this chart, you can either browse these nasty chemicals – or, you can go directly to how to make the best natural laundry detergent.

 

Chemical
Tide
Cheer
Gain
Persil
Purex
1 1,3-Propanediamine, N,N”-1,2-Ethanediylbis- X
2 1,4-dioxane X X X X X
3 Akyl Benzenesulfonic Acid X X X X X
4 Akyl Sulfates X X
5 Alcoholethoxy Sulfate X X X X X
6 Amylase X X
7 Anionic Surfactants X X X X X
8 Calcium Formate X X
9 Diethylene Glycol X X
10 Dimethicone X X
11 Diquaternium Ethoxysulfate X
12 Disodium Diaminostilbene Disulfonate X X X
13 Ethanolamine X X X X X
14 Ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA) X X
15 Ethylene Oxide X X
16 Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate X X X X
17 Nonylphenol Ethoxylate X X X
18 Optical Brighteners X X X X X
19 PEG-75 X
20 Petroleum Distillates X X X X X
21 Phenols X X X X X
22 Protease X X X
23 Polyethyleneimine Ethoxylate X X X
24 Sodium Carbonate X
25 Sodium Carbonate Peroxide X
26 Sodium Cumene Sulfonate X X
27 Sodium Hypochlorite Bleach X X X X X
28 Sodium Lauryl Sulfate X X X
29 Sodium Polyacrylate X X
30 Synthetic Fragrances X X X X

This is only an excerpt from hundreds upon hundreds of chemicals – some of which the manufacturers don’t even have to list – due to a loophole in federal regulations that allows them to hide chemical combinations listed as a “trade secret.”

NOTE:  Much of the safety and biohazard information pertaining to these chemicals has been obtained from the National Institute of Health’s U.S. National Library of Medicine – National Center for Biotechnology Information.  Additional authoritative sources – Wikipedia and others – are used where indicated.

 

1,3-Propanediamine, N,N”-1,2-Ethanediylbis-

These two substances are normally found as partners – together – in laundry detergents.

1,3-Propanediamine, N,N”It's shocking how much 1,3-Propanediamine, N,N” can harm us!

This substance registers as a highly acute toxin when swallowed.  High concentrations can not only cause severe burns to the skin and serious damage to the eyes – but, can be life threatening.  Additionally, it can cause breathing difficulties, asthma symptoms, or allergic reactions if inhaled.

1,2-Ethanediylbis

Ethanediylbis will cause irritation to skin, eyes, and the respiratory tract.

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1,4-Dioxane

1,4-Dioxane is a highly suspected carcinogen - possibly causing cancer.

1,4-dioxane will cause serious eye irritation and damage – as well as inflammation of the respiratory tract.  It also has a warning that it is a possible carcinogen – being highly suspected of causing cancer.

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Akyl Benzenesulfonic Acid

Akyl benzenesulfonic acid is harmful if taken orally – and, it will irritate the skin.  Not only will it also irritate eyes – but, it can cause some serious eye damage!

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Akyl Sulfates

Akyl sulfates can harm fish and other marine creatures as well as plants.

Besides being skin and eye irritants, when heated, akyl sulfates produce vapors – carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, etc. – and, if ingested, can cause nausea or vomiting.

If these sulfates get into the watershed, they are harmful to aquatic life – plants and fish.

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Alcoholethoxy Sulfate

Alcoholethoxy sulfate by itself has no detrimental effects on human or animal life – other than some slight mouth, skin and eye irritation.  That’s the upside.

But, the downside is that it breaks down into 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide – both of which are hazardous – and possible – or proven – carcinogens.

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Amylase

Amylase, in higher than normal concentrations, may be responsible for acute inflammation of the pancreas – especially in conjunction with another enzyme, lipase.  There have also been some reports that amylase has been found in the urine of folks with a peptic ulcer or an ovarian cyst.

Amylase can damage the pancreas.

A 12-year old study also suggests that it can exacerbate sleep deprivation.

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Anionic Surfactants

There is some concern about these toxins getting into the watershed and contaminating freshwater plants and fish.

Extended contact with anionic and non-ionic surfactants can have adverse affects on the membranes of skin and other cells.  See Surfactants for additional details.

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Calcium Formate

Calcium formate is dangerous to the eyes – and, can not only irritate them – but also can cause eye damage –possibly impairing vision.

Calcium formate can damage your eyes.

Inhaling the powder can be dangerous – it will sting the inside of your nose and mouth.  If it gets into your body, it can cause gastrointestinal bleeding.

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Diethylene Glycol

Diethylene glycol is a poison – pure and simple – with historically, a lot of humans dying from contact with it over the past 70+ years.  The oldest recording of deaths occurred in 15 states across America, in 1937.  And, the most recently record deaths happened 11 years ago – in 2008 – in Nigeria.

Diethylene glycol is a poison.

A conservative estimate is that well over 1,000 adults and children have died from diethylene glycol poisoning to date.

Over 1,000 adults and children have died from diethylene glycol poisoning.

1937 – S.E. Massengill Co., Tennessee, U.S.A. – 105 people in 15 states across the United States of America died.

1969 – South Africa – 7 children died.

1985 – Spain – 5 people died.

1985 – Austria – Manufactured Austrian wines were found to contain excessive amounts of diethylene glycol – and had to recall millions of bottles of wine from around the world.  It is not known how many people died due to this treacherous contamination – due to the global distribution.

1986 – India – 21 people died.

1990 – Nigeria – 47 children died.

1990 – Bangladesh – Between 1990 and 1992,  there were 339 children who died.

1992 – Argentina – 29 people died.

1995 – Haiti – In 1995 and 1996, Haiti saw 109 children die from exposure to this poison.

2006 – China – An undisclosed number of adults and children died.  Estimates are in the hundreds – but China has tried to downplay this catastrophe – shielding the actual number of deaths from the public.

2006 – Panama – At least 145 people died – and an additional 950+ related deaths are still being investigated.  By 2011, the mortality rate was officially increased to 219.

2007 – Worldwide – This was the toothpaste incident – from toothpaste that was manufactured in the country that cheats the most by taking the most heinous shortcuts in their manufacturing processes – China.  The poisons were distributed in over 30 different brands of toothpaste.  There was such a stink over this mess that China finally banned the use of diethylene glycol in toothpaste altogether.  Will wonders never cease?  According to China, no one died because, they said, “…the chemical concentration wasn’t sufficient to cause renal failure but, a number of intestinal illnesses were reported.”

2008 – Nigeria – 84 children between the ages of 2 months and 7 years died.Diethylene glycol poisoning can cause kidney (renal) failure.

Diethylene glycol poisoning:  The first symptoms experienced are nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and diarrhea.  After a few days, the kidneys start to fail (renal failure) – and urination and defecation is next to impossible.  Within a week or so, it begins to affect the brain – causing lethargy, facial paralysis and other mental conditions – similar to a stroke.  If you don’t get some treatment – in the nick of time – it can be fatal.

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Dimethicone

Dimethicone causes serious eye irritation and damage – which can result in vision problems.

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Diquaternium Ethoxysulfate

Diquaternium ethoxysulfate is a surfactant that causes skin inflammation.  It also releases formaldehyde – a known carcinogen – a cancer agent.

Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. It causes cancer!

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Disodium Diaminostilbene Disulfonate

Disodium diaminostilbene disulfonate is an optical brightener – and, as such, it can irritate and damage the skin and be detrimental to aquatic plants and fish.

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Ethanolamine

Ethanolamine is harmful if inhaled causing asthma and allergic reactions.

 

Ethanolamine is harmful if inhaled or swallowed.  Plus, it will cause severe irritation and burning of the skin as well as damage to the eyes.

Asthmatic reactions as well as damage to the nervous and reproductive systems have also been recorded.

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Ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA)

EDTA interacts with insulin and interferes with the control of blood sugar.

 

Ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA) causes serious eye irritation and damage.

Ingestion causes both reproductive and developmental issues.

It is possible that exposure to EDTA might be harmful to diabetics – because, it interacts with insulin and interferes with the control of blood sugar.

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Ethylene Oxide

Ethylene oxide alters DNA - causing genetic defects!

Even though ethylene oxide causes both skin and eye irritation – and it’s toxic if inhaled or ingested – that’s the least of your worries.

Not only does this substance cause genetic defects, it is a virulent cause of cancer.  It is a known, highly active carcinogen!

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Linear Alkylbenzene Sulphonate (LAS)

Linear alkylbenzene sulphonate (LAS) is an anionic surfactant – which means it will irritate the skin.  It can also cause severe eye damage and irritation.  And, for God’s sake, don’t drink it – unless you want to get seriously sick!

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Nonylphenol Ethoxylate

Nonylphenol ethoxylate will hurt you if you swallow or inhale it.  It irritates the skin and eyes and can cause serious damage to both.

It has also been linked to reproductive and developmental abnormalities.

And, finally, it has long-lasting and hazardous effects on our waterways – harming plants and fish.

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Optical Brighteners

See “Other Compounds” for all the straight dope on optical brighteners.  You may not want to buy products containing them after you read all about their innate abilities to irritate your skin – and the dangers they cause to marine life.

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PEG-75

PEG-75 is a combination of 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide - both carcinogens.

PEG-75 is a combination of 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide.  And, they are suspected or known cancer-causing carcinogens!

‘Nuff said !!!

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Petroleum Distillates

Dumping petroleum distillates into our waterways is marine life genocide!

Petroleum distillates have a disastrous, extremely toxic, long-lasting, hazardous impact on our freshwater plants and marine creatures.  Dumping them into our waterways is akin to marine life genocide!

Need I say more?

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Phenols

Phenols and their vapors are extremely catastrophic to the respiratory tract.

Phenols and their vapors are extremely catastrophic to eyes, skin, and the respiratory tract.

Repeated skin exposures can cause rashes – and possibly second and third degree burns.  The skin will absorb it very quickly!

Inhalation can result in the lungs filling up with liquid (edema).

Ingestion leads to kidney problems, seizures – and the possibility of lapsing into a coma.  As little as one gram can be fatal.  Phenols also increase the risks of miscarriage as well as retarded development of the fetus in the womb.

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Protease

Protease is a skin, eyes, and respiratory irritant.

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Polyethyleneimine Ethoxylate

Refer to nonylphenol ethoxylate for the toxicity of polyethyleneimine ethoxylate. 

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Sodium Carbonate

Extreme sodiium carbonate contact can damage the nasal passages and irritate the lungs.

Sodium carbonate can cause dangerously serious eye irritation and damage to the point of swelling and corneal destruction.  And, it is harmful if it is swallowed or inhaled.

Inhaling the dust will irritate the respiratory tract and lead to repeated coughing and difficulty breathing.  Extreme contact can damage the nasal passages.

Dermal contact can irritate the skin causing redness, burns, and blisters.

All in all, this substance is relatively safe – compared to all the other dastardly compounds listed.  Since these risks only come to light at extremely high concentrations.

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Sodium Carbonate Peroxide

Large exposures to sodium carbonate peroxide have resulted in seizures and cardiac arrest.

Sodium carbonate peroxide is generally safe in low concentrations.  But, as the level of exposure increases, so do the the harmful effects – skin and eye irritations – allergic reactions – caustic injury to the intestinal tract – and burns in the mouth and lungs when ingested or inhaled.

Massively large exposures to sodium carbonate peroxide have resulted in seizures – cardiac arrest – respiratory arrest – corneal ulceration and perforation of the eyes – and burns and gangrene of the skin.

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Sodium Cumene Sulfonate

Suffice it to say that sodium cumene sulfonate can cause serious but not prolonged eye irritation and damage.

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Sodium Hypochlorite Bleach

Sodium hypochlorite bleach causes severe skin burns and eye damage.  It is very, very toxic to plants and marine life.

Sodium hypochlorite bleach is toxic to marine life.

This substance easily forms a number of chlorinated organic compounds – including a host of known carcinogens – like chloroform and carbon tetrachloride – which give rise to cancer.

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Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is not to be swallowed or breathed in – due to its toxicity.  It’ll burn your mouth and lungs.

You may need a gas mask because sodium lauryl sulfate will burn your mouth and lungs.

And, it causes irritation of the skin that may result in dermatitis – as well as serious eye irritation and damage.

Both 1,4-dioxine and ethylene oxide have been known to contaminate sodium lauryl sulfate – which turns SLS into a highly toxic carcinogen!

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Sodium Polyacrylate

Sodium polyacrylate can form a residue, acrylic acid, which causes skin rashes upon contact.

Sodium polyacrylate is hazardous to marine plants and critters.

This compound is also extremely hazardous to plants and marine critters in our watersheds – creating long lasting damage to our environment.

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Synthetic Fragrances

Synthetic fragrances have many volatile organic compounds – some that are carcinogens.

The main worries about synthetic fragrances are the 25 volatile organic compounds – some that are carcinogens – that get expelled through dryer vents – and they get sent down the washing machine drain by way of waste water.

Wow!  Now You Know How EVIL Today’s Laundry Detergent Can Be!


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So, Let’s Make Our Own Natural Laundry Detergent!

Only 3 things needed to make the best natural laundry detergent.

It’s a simple process – and I only need 3 uncomplicated, trouble-free products to make the best natural laundry detergent on the planet!

 

Arm and Hammer Washing SodaArm and Hammer Washing Soda

This product contains 100% washing soda – also called soda ash – or, sodium carbonate – which is pretty safe – but effective – considering all the rest “more dangerous” laundry detergent ingredients.  Washing soda is a natural and highly effective cleaning booster.

Arm and Hammer Washing Soda is also a very valuable household cleaner – just in case you didn’t know!

 

20 Mule Team Borax

20 Mule Team Borax

An amazing cleaner this 20 Mule Team Borax is – and, it is 99.5% borax!  Small amounts of trace minerals make up the other 0.5%.

Discovered in Death Valley in the 1880s, borax, a naturally occurring mineral, has been used in many thousands of cleaning products.  And, it is safe – as long as it is used as directed.  Higher than normal concentrations can irritate skin, eyes and mouth – but, the amounts have to be gigantically voluminous!  In other words, you gotta use a ton of it – before it hurts you!

TIP:  Have an ant problem?  Sprinkle some borax along the ant trails.  They’ll eat it – thinking it’s sugar – and, the borax will kill them quickly!

 

Zote Soap

Zote Soap

Zote is a Mexican laundry soap.  It comes in a 7 ounce bar and is specifically used for laundry stain removal and whitening.

The ingredients are all natural:

  • Sodium tallowate – derived from animal fat.
  • Sodium cocoate – made from coconut oil.
  • Citronella (for fragrance) – made from olive oil and nard grass.
  • Glycerin – just a simple, non-toxic compound.
  • Optical brightener – the only synthetic compound in the bar – but, it’s only a tiny amount.

Zote Soap comes in both white and pink.  I use the pink colored bars because, it makes it easy for me to know when my natural laundry soap has been mixed thoroughly in my food processor.

Fels Naptha Soap is a reliable substitute for Zote Soap.  But, Zote is my “go-to” – because, I think it provides better cleaning abilities.Fels Naptha Soap

 

Noah’s Best Natural Laundry Detergent

 

The Recipe – Mixing It Up
  • 1 cup – Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
  • 1 cup – 20 Mule Team Borax
  • 1/3 bar – Zote Soap –  The pink bar – chopped or grated into small pieces.

 

NOTES

KA-Bar Knife - U.S. Marine issue.

Chopping up the Zote Soap is super simple by using my “official” US Marine issued KA-Bar knife.  It is important, however, to keep the knife sharpened at a standard 25 degrees.  Then, it will glide through the soap – like a hot knife through soft butter!

Want to be able to sharpen knives like a professional?  It’s extremely easy for me – because, I use a Lansky Deluxe Sharpening System to keep all my knives sharp and ready.

I can put exact angles on my knives without worrying about messing up the blade edges.  Because, this kit has a tool that holds the knife in place and allows you to perfectly create a knife edge at:

Lansky Deluxe Sharpening System

  • 17 degrees – A super sharp edge used for razor blades and fish fillet knives.
  • 20 degrees – This is the common cutting edge for kitchen knives.
  • 25 degrees – I use this edge for my hunting and other outdoor knives.
  • 30 degrees – Creates a long-lasting edge for heavy duty tasks like cutting cardboard, rope, or carpets.

Lansky also has a Special “C” Clamp that is made especially for this sharpening kit.  It allows me to firmly attach the sharpening tool to any table top surface.  With this attachment, I can use both hands during the knife sharpening process.

 

Now, Back To The Detergent Making Process…

Black and Decker food processor

If you grated the Zote Soap, you can probably mix everything together by hand – but, I chop up the soap into small pieces – and dump it, along with the washing soda and borax – into my Black and Decker food processor.  It’s the food processor that I’ve dedicated just for this task.  This Black and Decker food processor takes all the work out of the mixing process – plus, it is a tough little machine!

I mix and grind everything together until the pink Zote Soap chunks are very small particles – and evenly distributed throughout the concoction.

That’s it!  A normal wash load only needs 1 to 2 tablespoons of the mixture.  You won’t need more than 3 tablespoons for a large, extra dirty load!

I continue running this combination of ingredients through my food processor until I fill up a bucket – creating my best natural laundry detergent – and, it will last me for months – and months – and months!

 

Cost Comparison

Save a lot of money while creating a safer environment for your family.

Most brand name laundry detergent cost in the neighborhood of 25 to 30 cents per load – maybe more – depending on how much extra that’s used for extremely grimy and foul loads – or, how “sophisticated” or “eccentric” the  manufacturer makes their special type of powder – which allows them to charge more money for it!

But, with my natural laundry detergent, you’ll cut your costs in half – or less – it prices out to just a little more than a nickel per load.

And, who wouldn’t want that?

Plus, you’ll know that you are using a much safer and, actually, more effective laundry detergent than you could ever buy in the store!

 

Stay Healthy

Use the best natural laundry detergent and keep your family safe!

Keep yourself, your family, and your pets healthy.  Keep our environment cleaner.  And, do this by using Noah’s best natural laundry detergent each and every laundry day – each and every laundry week – to infinity and beyond!

I’m looking for comments and emails, noah@apathtoabetterlife.com.  Tell me what you think of my homemade natural laundry detergent!  I think it’s the best!  And, you will to!

 

Noah

Lookin’ On The Lightside!

10 thoughts on “The Best Natural Laundry Detergent

  1. Michel Reply

    Thank you for this excellent article and you gave me quite a fright when I realized how many dangerous chemicals are in our washing detergents. We probably aren’t even aware that half of our skin  problems could be related to all the chemicals on our clothes. 

    I would love to try your recipe here but unfortunately these brands are not available in our country. I am going to look and see if there are any substitutions I can make. 

    • Noah Post authorReply

      Hi Michel,

      There really are some very nasty chemicals in our laundry detergents – for sure!

      If it isn’t cost effective to buy Arm and Hammer Washing Soda, 20 Mule Team Borax, and Zote or Fels Naptha soap through the links above, you can try to match the ingredients to products that are available in your area.

      You can actually make your own washing soda out of baking soda.  Arm and Hammer Baking Soda is 100% pure baking soda – and is the best – if you can get it.

      Just spread a thin layer of baking soda on a baking pan and stick it into a 400 degree oven for about half an hour.  Stir it occasionally – and, when the consistency changes, you’ll have washing soda – like magic!

      Noah

  2. Jack Stephens Reply

    What a lot of information! So many chemicals are covered. It is mind-boggling. I was pretty overwhelmed. I know they are the ones I can read on the side of commercial detergent boxes or bottles, but matching them up from this list is difficult. I appreciate the emphasis on “natural” products, and am sure the homemade version you give the recipe for is very effective. I just wonder how many people will go through the steps to making it. It might be a good business idea to simply make it up and sell it yourself. Even with a profit markup, it would be less expensive than the other brand name detergents. My thought anyway.

    • Noah Post authorReply

      Hi Jack,

      You’re right – it blows the mind to think of how many chemicals are in modern day laundry detergents.  And, most of them have names that I can’t even pronounce!

      Many of the ingredients don’t show up on the product labels.  You have to do some deep online searches to get to the bottom of their make-up.

      The steps to make the best laundry detergent are so easy that anyone who is truly interested in providing their family with a safe and healthy environment should jump at the chance to do it!

      Noah

  3. Juan Felipe Reply

    Hi!

    Who would think that something that we use daily can contain so many dangerous threats towards us. It is almost unbelievable to think about these things, but the facts state it! I think that from now on I’ll try to buy laundry detergent that has less of these hazard. So thanks a lot.

    • Noah Post authorReply

      Hi Juan,

      It’s very difficult – actually, next to impossible – to find any brand name laundry detergent that doesn’t have a lot of these nasty chemicals.

      It’s so much easier – and more beneficial – just to buy the basic ingredients and make your own.

      Noah

  4. shirian Reply

    Wow! It’s horrible! I never imagined that washing powder would contain so much harmful chemicals. You have proved the damages of these materials based on scientific evidence. I would be much more aware of this and I have to say that I will try to make the natural Laundry Detergent by myself from now on. I liked the idea that using Black and Decker food processor to blend all materials and provide harmless ingredient by yourself.So I am going to prepare the below materials

    1) Arm and Hammer Washing Soda

    2) 20 Mule Team Borax

    3) Zote Soap

    Thanks for this comprehensive article

    • Noah Post authorReply

      Hi Shirian,

      Have at it!  You and your entire family will be much healthier and happier – and richer – by making the best natural laundry detergent available with these ingredients!

      Noah

  5. Machele VanVoorhis Reply

    Wow, aside from being horrified at all of this information about the dangers of laundry soap, I am also impressed at all of the research you’ve done on this matter! I don’t believe there is a single stone unturned!
    Thank you so much for being so informative and concise…
    Also, thank you for guiding us to a healthier life with the the recipe to make homemade laundry soap.

    What a great article!

    Shelly VanVoorhis

    • Noah Post authorReply

      Hi Shelly,

      I was shocked to learn about the hazards of laundry soap as well – when I began to delve deeper and deeper into the nitty gritty of the research!

      I found so much information that I didn’t know if I could put it all together in one article – but, I’m glad I found a way. People need to know what is really at stake here!

      I’ve been making my own homemade laundry soap for about 7 years now – because it was easier on my skin – and, a heckuva lot cheaper – while it still got my clothes clean. So, given the perils of store-bought laundry detergent, I felt it was my duty to show folks that there were better ways to reach the “clean clothes finish line.”

      Noah

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