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Did you know you can make your own laundry detergent? Most people know, but have no desire to take the time. That is because there are a lot of unknown variables: what products you use, ratios, and how you use it. Not only that, but you have to invest time in making laundry detergent when you can just grab it in the aisle at the grocery store. There are actually benefits to making your own detergent though, especially when you have little ones at home.
Ingredients in Homemade Laundry Detergent
There are an unlimited number of recipes out there for laundry detergent. Each one uses a variation of ingredients and the amount placed in. Most homemade laundry detergents include some of these
The main ingredient that determines the others is Borax. If you decide to use Borax, it cuts out the need for many of the other items. Borax, though, is being debated as to whether it should be used. It is added to most recipes because it boosts cleaning power and helps to remove odors. The controversy surrounds its safety. Some studies show that it is harmful to our reproductive systems. It is also shown to be a skin irritant. This is the biggest known issue and unfortunately if you are using it for sensitive baby skin, may be an issue.
Benefits of Homemade Laundry Detergent
Likely you are making your own laundry detergent for one of two reasons: finances or chemicals. You either want to save money as the cost of laundry detergents rise or you don’t want unnecessary chemicals all over your clothes. It is questionable if these are worth the work of making yours.
Other benefits include
If you ever thought about making your own laundry detergent, try it at least twice. The first time you may find the recipe doesn’t clean as well as you like. The second time, you will see your results. It only takes approximately eight dollars to gather all the ingredients needed for a year of laundry detergent. That is worth the attempt. If it doesn’t work out, you can always run to the grocery store.
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