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• Easy to make
The majority of household cleaning products contain a huge list of toxic chemicals, laundry products are often the worst in health terms as they are in constant contact with your skin. I have been making and using Laundry Gloop for years as I am allergic to all forms of fragrance, it is considerably cheaper than fragrance free detergent and just as effective.
I know Laundry Gloop does not sound very inspiring but this is a tried and tested alternative to laundry liquid or washing powder – to find out more
To make Laundry Gloop all you need is:
4 litres water
1 cup grated white un-perfumed soap or soap flakes
1 cup of washing soda crystals
Essential oils (optional)
There are two methods you can use to make it depending on the size of pan you have available.
Method One: If you have a large pan that will hold at least 5 litres of water.
Put the water in the pan and bring to the boil.
Grate the soap and once the water has boiled, put it in and turn the heat down. Stir until the soap is completely dissolved.
Remove the pan from the heat and add the soda crystals stirring until completely dissolved.
Leave to cool down then you can stir in a few drops of essential oils if using.
Method Two: If you don’t have a large pan.
Bring about 1 pint of water to the boil and add grated soap. Stir until the soap is completely dissolved.
Fill a washing up bowl with 3.5 litres of VERY hot water.
Once soap has dissolved pour into the hot water and stir.
Add soda crystals and then carry on as above.
Once the mixture is cool enough store in something like an old family sized ice cream container. I have stored mine in old laundry liquid bottles which is a bit of a pain as the gloop will solidify when cold. I have solved the problem by keeping the bottle I am using on top of the fridge, over the vent at the back.
I use about ½ a cup for each load of washing. I always put it directly into the drum of the machine NOT in the dispenser as it can clog it up.
If you feel the above is too messy you can make your own Laundry Powder instead:
1 Cup Grated White Soap
½ Cup Washing Soda
½ Cup Borax
Keep in an airtight container.
For a normal load, use 1 tablespoon or if clothes are really grubby use 2 tablespoons. I always put it directly into the drum as I hate having to clean the dispenser.
For a cheap non-toxic alternative to fabric conditioner use a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar – no you won’t smell like a chip shop! Once your clothes are dry there is no smell of vinegar. You will also be doing your washing machine a favour and making it last longer as the vinegar dissolves lime scale. If you want your clothes to smell you can always add a couple of drops of essential oils to the vinegar.
It is cheap and does not contain a lot of the toxic chemicals contained in conventional laundry liquids and powders.
You know what is in the product you are using.
It is more environmentally friendly than store bought laundry detergents
Store bought laundry products usually contain perfume -
Your average fabric conditioner contains perfume which is a cocktail of over 200 chemicals, many of which are toxic. The Canadian Lung Association states:
Chemicals from perfume and cologne, fabric softener, air fresheners (and many other products) can make asthma worse.
Avoid using perfumes, and ask the people you work with and live with to avoid them as well.
Make sure your soap, body lotion, shampoo, detergent, etc. are scent free.
The Independent – Home is where the chemical nasties are
Low-Impact Living Initiative – Natural Cleaners
Channel 4 – Eco Cleaning
You can buy Ecover products and refills from The Ventnorian, Spring Hill, Ventnor