your skin, your clothes.....] laundry detergent. I actually tried to read the ingredient list for Unscented Arm
& Hammer... only a Chemist could tell you what is in there. PLUS - here in New Mexico our water is
beyond hard. i rinse everything couple times. In summer, i will take the water hose to drown-rinse my
clothes [also waters my trees - kindda] on the clothes line.
So - web hunting recipes for natural laundry detergent. And they are all very similar :
- 1 cup the ancient 20 mule team borax. [ i mean my Mom used this in the 50's!] cost $4.oo
- 1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz. cost $4.oo
- 1 cup Epsom Salt [softens water and acts like rinse agent] 4 or 5 lbs at WalGreen - $3.00
Now ~ some folks say to go buy a bar of Dr. Bonner All Natural Castille Soap. Grate very fine and add to
mixture. i am too lazy to spend that much time grating. Just blend up his Liquid Soap and put small squirt
in the Soap Dispenser.
Because this powder blend is so pure ~ GUESS how much you use? 1/4 Cup.
also REALLY good in the HE machines. low suds
Also - forget Fabric Softner. I have NEVER liked Fabric Softener or dryer sheets. Too much SMELL.
Detergent is one smell. Fabric Soft is a second - Dryer a third. YUK. I think the combo smells stinky.
And L - i- n- g- e- r- s on clothes.
Just use plain old white distilled vinegar instead of smelly softeners and pour into fabric softener dispenser.
The vinegar is a great rinse agent and does something - i forget exactly what - but changes the ph level to
something more skin sensitive friendly.
[chemistry - Never my long suit]
And instead of the dryer and electric or gas bill and heating up the house. Use a Clothes Line.
I LOVE the smell of my clothes after being on the line and getting fresh air & sunshine. Pillow cases
especially. I can count on one hand the times i have used my dryer. When day time heat is more
than i can handle in the summer, i wash clothes late in the day and let them dry overnight when
the air is cooler and things don't fade either.
you can buy 20 mule team borax, & Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz. in the
Detergent Section at Wal-Mart for Cheap; like $4/each. .. and Epsom Salt at Wal-Mart.
Amazon wants $9.oo http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0029XNTEU/debtfreeadventure-20
and if you scroll down you can see the Borax Box.