Homemade Laundry Detergent: should you or shouldn't you? Well, there definitely are a ton of reasons to switch to eco-friendly laundry detergent, especially if you already know that conventional commercial detergents come with such a slew of dangerous ingredients. But homemade products do also have their drawbacks, too. They may not be quite as effective as the commercial brands, they can't eliminate as much of the laundry load, and they can cost a little bit more than you'd expect. The pros of homemade detergent, however, outweigh the cons just about fifty percent to one hundred percent.
The biggest pro is probably cost - a bunch of money saved at a grocery store doesn't sound like a big deal, right? In some cases, it will be, but most people aren't trying to replace their entire detergent needs every month. If you only have to replace a quarter or a third of what you use now, you'll be saving a lot of money. You can even do that with homemade laundry detergent. You'll be able to eliminate all those hard-to-remove stains, and you won't have to add any extra chemicals to your clothes to make them stain-proof.
Another pro of homemade laundry detergent is that they're better for the environment. Some commercial detergents have been added with dangerous chemicals like Sodium Laureth Sulfate (lying on the roof and causing a gas build-up), which pollutes the air and is very unhealthy. When you make your own detergent, you avoid this by using only oils and essential oils, and natural ingredients like baking soda, liquid soap, or even grated bar soap. The other big environmental benefit from making your own detergent is that you're replacing the detergent you're currently using with something entirely natural.
The fourth-proof homemade laundry detergent is better for your health. While we don't always think about it, many cleaning products cause us harm - whether through headaches, skin problems, or asthma. This includes many types of bleaches used for cleaning, as well as some common household cleaners, such as bleach for your garage and kitchen counter. You can cut down on these risks by switching to an all-natural product.
Another great reason to make your own detergent is the price. Recipes for homemade laundry detergent can cost as little as a dollar a bottle. Compare that to most commercial brand options, which can go up to 5 times that. The recipe that I used cost me less than $1 a bottle, and then I was able to make more as needed, which saved even more money.
The final reason to consider using homemade laundry detergent is that it works. A lot of the commercial brands contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which is actually a foam stabilizer. Sodium lauryl sulfate causes harsh rashes and stings in people who are allergic to it. But, by using an eco egg recipe, you can replace it with an eco-friendly alternative, and also avoid the dangers that come with traditional detergent
There are other ingredients that you can use to make your own homemade laundry detergents, such as liquid laundry soap, or even green soap powder. Both liquid laundry soap and green soap powder are easy to make, as long as you have all the ingredients that you need. You will also need a cup of hot water and two cups of cold water, or lukewarm water. Once you have those things, you can begin to mix the ingredients together, and then pour them into a container. Then, you just add some soap to the mixture, and you're done!
Some of the other ingredients that can be found in homemade laundry detergent are baking soda, cornstarch, lemon juice, washing soda, and even natural honey. All of these ingredients are easy to find, cheap to purchase, and very effective. So, if you want to save even more money, you can mix up some of these ingredients to create your own "hand grater" for mixing up laundry. Just add the right amount of liquid detergent, some hand grater, and some hot water, and you'll have yourself a homemade cleaning product that won't cost you an arm and a leg.