I hate spending my money on products which contain animal products, and which help fund companies which exploit animals, so I make a lot of my own household products. I found this recipe online a year or so ago and have been using (and loving it) ever since, so I figure I should share it with you.
I use Doctor Bronners liquid soap as a body wash and a hair wash (with an apple cider rinse) as well as for doing a lot of my household cleaning.
- 1/2 bar Doctor Bronner’s peppermint pure castile bar soap (you can use another scent if you like)
- 1/2 cup Borax
- 1/2 cup washing soda
- 1 small storage container
- 1 grater
- 1 food processor
Note: Doctor Bronners can be found in health-food shops or natural food sections of other stores, and both Borax and Washing Soda can be found in many major grocery shops or pharmacies.
- Grate bar soap with a hand grater.
- Measure Borax and washing soda into your food processor.
- Add grated soap.
- Process (around 1 minute on high) until it has the consistency of regular powdered laundry soap (I added this step myself as I didn’t like the soap curls in my laundry soap, you can skip it if you feel it is unnecessary).
- Pour into a container and enjoy.
In order to use this, just add one tablespoon to your laundry machine and was as usual. I love how little I need, how little packaging I waste and how nice and clean my clothing comes out, not to mention that I enjoy the fact that no animals were harmed to produce it.
ps. Doctor Bronners products are fair trade, and ethically sourced as well as free of animal ingredients and by-products. Even the palm oil in some of their products is sourced in such a manner that it has no impact on orangutans.